Protection Sought for the Gallatin River

Last December, American Wildlands (AWL), a conservation group headquartered in Bozeman, filed a citizens’ petition on behalf of over 2,000 individuals, more than 75 area businesses, and 15 other organizations requesting the state to list the Gallatin River as an Outstanding Resource Water. In March of this year, their petition was accepted by the State Board of Environmental Review.

Birding in the Gallatin Valley

Hiking Montana's mountain trails is enjoyment in and of itself, but when you add the thrill of birding, it takes on a whole new level of wonder and excitement – like turning a lazy, late-afternoon river float into a safari expedition.

Colter's Great Escape

By the skin of his teeth.

Hibernation

Many Montana creatures pass the winter in a state of near or total hibernation. In protected burrows, animals such as squirrels, snakes, turtles, and bears enter a sleep-like dormancy for months at a time. The mammals live off stored body fat until spring, when the warm weather renews their food supply.

Winter Mountain Safety

I had the dream again. The one where my friends and I end up stranded on a remote mountain during an eight-foot snowstorm. Unintentional "Survivor" with wet socks and no voting. I, as the hero (it’s MY dream), am a cross between MacGyver and Stallone in Cliffhanger. You’ve probably had a similar dream.

Trailside Geology - Bridger Bowl

When buying ski passes, or heading up Slushman’s with protein bars and avalanche beacons, we don’t normally think about the mountains themselves—our minds are on deep powder and first tracks. But just for a moment, forget the skiing and let the millions of years of mountain building, volcanism, inland sea formation, and glacial periods wash over you. Earth’s history is right under our feet—or, in this case, our skis.

Dave’s Emerger

An emergence took place here in Bozeman that shoved some classic fly patterns to the back slots of many local fishermen’s fly boxes. Their Brassies, Sawyer Nymphs, and Peacock Nymphs have had to move over for the Dave’s Emerger.

The Dave’s Emerger was actually developed nearly 20 years ago by Dave Corcoran, the former owner of The River’s Edge Outfitters in Bozeman. As Dave explains, "I was over on the Bighorn River in 1983, sometime in early spring, and we needed just a touch more than what we had in our boxes."

The Celestial Ski Course

Winter's bracing air and muffling blanket of snow may send the grizzly into its seasonal coma, but for outdoors lovers, it simply means a change of gear. It's the same for the sky, which this season trots out a set of starry accents to rival the brightly-garbed ski bums and bunnies inhabiting every groomed slope or trail. Follow the celestial signposts, and you'll soon be schussing about the winter sky like a pro.

Blasting Over the Hill

Freida Johnson is proof that it’s never too late to learn something new and even excel at it. She began Nordic skiing in her late thirties alongside her teenage son Greg (who went on to race for MSU, then coached the MSU girls’ Nordic ski racing team), taking him to his high school races and signing up to race in her age group as well.

Yellowstone's Natural Events

This fall, as visitors from around the world stopped to gawk at bison and ooh & ahh at Old Faithful, scientists scrambled to record some "unusual" geothermal events.

Steamboat Geyser in the Norris area erupted for the second time this year. The world’s tallest geyser, Steamboat pumped out three times its normal water volume at two times its normal pressure—pretty impressive for a spout that hadn’t vented in fifty years.

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