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Nature notes and inquiry from the Montana Natural History Center.

Field Notes from the Montana Natural History Center Montana Public Radio

    • Natural Sciences

Nature notes and inquiry from the Montana Natural History Center.

    Bat Moms Do A Lot Of Hanging Around

    Bat Moms Do A Lot Of Hanging Around

    Bats are wonderful, mysterious creatures: they swoop gracefully through the night, and sometimes through our nightmares. We fear what we don't understand, and most of us know little about bats. They behave in strange ways: only breeding when it's rainy, giving birth upside down, and sharing as a group the responsibility of nursing young.

    • 3 min
    'Field Notes': The Saga Of Farlin, 300 Million Years In The Making

    'Field Notes': The Saga Of Farlin, 300 Million Years In The Making

    Last summer I was helping teach a geology field camp near Dillon. On our way back to the Birch Creek Outdoor Education Center each day, after long hours in the August sun spent identifying and mapping incredible exposures of rock, we would drive past a few crumbling cabins beneath an unweathered cliff face footed by large piles of scree. This was once the town of Farlin – a long-abandoned copper mining camp at the base of the Pioneer Mountains. Shortly after the dawn of the 20th century, it was

    • 4 min
    Spit Bugs and Soapsuds: The Safety Of Tiny Bubbles

    Spit Bugs and Soapsuds: The Safety Of Tiny Bubbles

    If you take a walk through fields this time of year, you can't help but notice what looks like gobs of frothy white spit on the stems of grasses and weeds. If you brush away the spit, you'll find a bright green froghopper or spit bug with shiny black eyes.

    • 2 min
    'Field Notes:' 100 Centuries Of Squash Growers Can't Be Wrong

    'Field Notes:' 100 Centuries Of Squash Growers Can't Be Wrong

    August had just begun when a friend delivered my first hand-me-down squash of the summer: a round, green variegated giant that had reached the size of a jack-o-lantern seemingly overnight, just the way squash like to do. Later in the kitchen, I eyed down the squash and started my perennial should-I-grill-it-or-make-zucchini-bread debate. I suspect some version of this dilemma could be ages old.

    • 5 min
    Evening Primrose: Shows Nightly At Nine

    Evening Primrose: Shows Nightly At Nine

    In the summer, folks come home from work at their jobs and hang out in their yards - they mow the lawn or weed the garden or have barbecues. I don't cook much, but just before dark I like to have a couple of friends over. We get out the beach chairs, face them toward the garden and get ready for my favorite summer evening entertainment. We watch my evening primroses open.

    • 3 min
    'Fieldnotes:' Forces Of Nature

    'Fieldnotes:' Forces Of Nature

    I feel the stress from the week lift off my shoulders as I breathe in the scent of ponderosa pine. Today, I have no papers to write, tests to take, or meetings to attend. This is my time to relax in the Montana wilderness. Even though I know that spending time in nature always makes me feel better, I don’t always take the time to immerse myself in it.

    • 4 min

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