John James Audubon (1785–1851) was an ornithologist, wildlife artist, and naturalist. Born in the West Indies, he grew up in France. He came to the United States at age 18 and began studying birds. He traveled from Florida in the south, to Labrador, Canada, in the north, and to the Yellowsto…

The University of Montana’s Avian Science Center collects, synthesizes and communicates knowledge about birds and their ecosystems for the conservation of natural resources. This mission often translates to analyzing the approaches used to collect information about birds, improving the scien…

An important portion of The Corps of Discovery’s journey occurred in southwest Montana. On July 19, 1805, Lewis and his men were struggling up the Missouri between present-day Upper and Lower Holter lakes. “from the singular appearance of this place I called it the gates of the rocky mountai…

Defining a province like Southwest Montana is subjective. For us, an imaginary line commences at Lolo Pass west of Missoula and moves east along Interstate 90 and the Clark Fork River to Garrison Junction. Then it follows Highway 12 over McDonald Pass to Helena. From there, our boundary exte…

Remote and majestic, it is all a mountain should be. Sheer walls on all sides and crevassed glaciers flowing from its upper reaches present an awesome sight. At 12,799 feet, Montana’s Granite Peak stands out as the patriarch of “the roof of Montana,” the Beartooth Range of the south-central …