The bad news about trout and their brethren is about 73 percent of the species worldwide are threatened with extinction. The good news is Crown of the Continent region and the Flathead in particular is still a bastion of excellent habitat for native trout and char species like westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout, though they still face a myriad of threats, biologists Clint Muhlfeld of the U.S.
Scientists at the University of Montana have found that climate change is already reducing the ability of some forests in the western U.S. to bounce back after wildfire. Their findings are confirming a long-suspected change. For the past three years, UM post-doc Kimberly Davis has looked at how ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests regenerate after fire, and she’s made an eye-opening discovery.
The avalanche danger is directly related to unusual and prolonged warming. The danger will rise to HIGH. We expect more wet snow avalanches that are large, destructive, and that can run long distances. Start and finish your day early. Plan to avoid avalanche terrain as the day warms up. For more information, tap here.
Scientists whose cutting-edge research on lakes spans the globe converged last week on the shore of Whitefish Lake for the inaugural Montana Lakes Conference, where they discussed a suite of emerging lake science and management issues, ranging from the threat of climate change on glacial retreat and invasive species to protecting the water quality and clarity of Flathead and Whitefish lakes.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a river, at any time of year, and not seen a Great Blue Heron. They seem to stand as solitary sentries on the rivers of Montana, but also on rivers from Canada to South America.