Two More Days of Birdwatching

I’ll admit, when we checked out of the Fairfield Park Inn in Fairfield, MT at 6am for our second day of birding, I was tired. Surely, the same birds would still be there at 8am! It didn’t take long for my enthusiasm to come back when we traveled west of Choteau, MT along Bellview Road and saw McCown’s longspur, Cassin’s finch, prairie falcons, kestrals, bluebirds, sharp-tailed grouse and sandhill cranes. I knew about bluebird boxes … Read more

Take A Stroll on the River’s Edge Trail

River’s Edge Trail winds its way along the Missouri River as it travels through Great Falls, Montana. This non-motorized use trail is on both north and south sides of the river and bypasses Black Eagle Falls, Rainbow Falls and Crooked Falls.  The trail is paved for approximately 12 miles but as you reach the edges of the city, it becomes gravel for single track use. City parks, historic districts, interpretive panels and ADA access from parking areas combine to make this trail one … Read more

A Birdwatching Trip through Russell Country

We’ve been doing some exploring following trails in Russell Country’s birding brochure titled “Wings Across the Big Sky”. Follow along as we share our knowledge gained! Our first stop in this birdwatching trek was at Great Falls’ Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center located on the banks of the Missouri River. Here we learned about birds discovered by the expedition over 200 years ago. We walked out the north door of the Center towards the river to a paved, nonmotorized trail and began … Read more

Rodeos and Rhubarb

Conrad, MT offers two days of afternoon rodeos and a variety of community events during their 68th Annual Whoop Up Trail Days June 7 & 8, 2008. The ever-popular Rhubarb Festival will be featured also. The rodeo grounds are about 3 miles northeast of Conrad and easy to find…just follow the pickup trucks! Rodeos start at 2pm Saturday and Sunday. For those who crave a piece of rhubarb pie, roll out of bed when the sun rises and … Read more

It’s a Rainy Memorial Day – Enjoy!

Yup, the rain is looking like a steady friend this Memorial Day weekend in northcentral Montana. Just in time, we have several of our fabulous museums opening their doors to provide plenty of activities for visitors and residents alike. Fort Benton opens the Montana Agriculture Museum, Museum of the Upper Missouri and the BLM’s new Upper Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center today. Many of Russell Country’s visitor attractions are open year ’round and some have just … Read more

Montana Festival of the Wind

The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer regarding what to do on the weekend of June 20 – 22, 2008 is to experience Harlowton’s Festival of the Wind 2008! A sampling of events includes a motorcycle rally, rodeo and road tour, alternative energy conference, tours of the nearby wind farm, golf scramble, 20 mile bicycle ride, fun run, arts & craft sale, chili contest, kite building, windbag contest, dance and musical entertainment. What … Read more

USFS Motor Vehicle Maps Available Online

The Lewis & Clark National Forest now has motorized use maps available on their website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lewisclark/projects/motorvehicle-index.shtml A recently adopted travel plan has many changes to motorized roads so caution is urged when recreating on the forest in motor vehicles. Maps available cover the Little Belt Mountains, Highwood Mountains, Big & Little Snowy Mountains, Crazy Mountains, Castle Mountains and the following areas on the Rocky Mountain Front: Badger-Two Medicine area, Teton Canyon, Sun Canyon, Benchmark area and Elk … Read more

Beaver Creek Park Ready for Summer

Beaver Creek Park, located 10 miles south of Havre, MT, is ready for summer recreation. New signs have been erected, existing signage has been painted and a nice dose of rain came this past weekend. The park is a 10,000 acre strip along the north slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains, just south of US Hwy 2. Width of the park is about one mile and it straddles a well maintained, paved road for 17 miles. … Read more

Bair Family Museum Opens

Grab your Montana map, find White Sulphur Springs and then Harlowton to the east. In the middle of that stretch you’ll find a small town named Martinsdale and nearby is the Bair Family Museum. At first glance, the Bair Family Museum appears to be an extra large ranch home with well manicured yard. Let’s just say its all that and much, much more. Your first stop at the Museum will be at the Visitor Center housed in the … Read more

Boots, Brews & BBQ

The 2nd Annual Boots, Brews & BBQ will be held Saturday, July 5, 2008 on the Library and Museum grounds in Hobson, MT. The event features beer and wine tasting, gourmet food and unique events. To commemorate the Women’s Nail Driving contest from Hobson’s 5th Anniversary celebration in 1913, a "Nailcutta" will feature five teams of women nail pounders. An auction and music will round out this fun-filled evening in rural Montana. For more information about … Read more