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Swans and Ducks back in Gibson Park Pond

Today was the day domestic waterfowl were released into Gibson Park Pond in Great Falls. It’s a big deal – and I get just as excited as some of the little kids! Each fall the domestic waterfowl are rounded up by Great Falls Park & Recreation employees and taken to indoor quarters dubbed the Honker Hilton. […]

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Birds, Birds, Birds at Freezout Lake WMA

Spring snow goose migration is underway and Central Montana has amazing opportunities to see huge quantities of birds – right now! I drove up to Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area between Fairfield and Choteau late yesterday afternoon. It’s an odd spelling on the WMA name, but that’s another story! From Great Falls to Fairfield is […]

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Elk Bugling Time in Central Montana

The first time I ever went to the Slippery Ann elk viewing area was with a public tour organized by the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge folks from their Lewistown headquarters. We packed sandwiches and snacks for the evening tour, climbed on a bus and settled in. I’ve been lucky to go again on my […]

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Bird Watching in Central Montana

Wow, for once I had my camera handy as I was driving on a country road.  And I had some spare time AND I saw some wildlife. Two sandhill cranes were walking along in a stubble field, completely oblivious to me. I stopped my car, rolled the window down and took a photo. Not bad but […]

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Birdwatching at Freezout Lake

Freezout Lake (almost looks like it is spelled wrong but that’s correct!) between Fairfield (4 miles) and Choteau (7 miles) is the site of two major birding “events” – spring and fall snowgoose migrations. Tundra swans also are part of the two migrations. Freezout Lake straddles US Hwy 89 and the lake is really a series of […]

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Early Morning Waterfowl Hunt

I was out for an early morning drive recently, trying to capture a beautiful sunrise. I was successful at that and, as I was driving back to Great Falls along the Missouri River, I saw a couple of guys out waterfowl hunting. The first hunter I saw was a young guy wading in the chilly waters […]

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Annual Christmas Bird Count Underway

I admit, the first time I heard a friend refer to the CBC I was wondering if it was a new television network. Then, realizing her connection and devotion to bird watching, I carefully said hmmm…the CBC, is that something related to birds? Sure enough, CBC stands for the Christmas Bird Count. I’ve learned a […]

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Montana’s Big Game Hunting Wraps Up

Montana’s big game hunting season (general rifle) came to a close last Sunday. According to MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff at check points, Central Montana had fair harvest numbers. An above average elk harvest along the Rocky Mountain Front (from the Teton River south to Highway 200) was attributed to a strong elk population. In recent years […]

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Catching Rainbows

I had a chance to tag along with a fly fisherman to Bear Paw Lake south of Havre recently. The lake is located in Beaver Creek Park, a 17 mile long, one mile wide park. As you drive the paved road through the park you see numerous campgrounds and picnic shelters on each side – […]

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