Archive for November, 2011

Kevin Rim, A Montana Audubon Important Bird Area

November 23, 2011

I am supportive of wind turbines, but not here! !!!
Matt
Kevin Rim IBA. Montana Audubon has a new web page dedicated to this IBA, a prairie bluff habitat that provides nesting sites for lots of raptors—and may soon feature wind turbines perched on top of the cliff face: learn more

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Birding Press I Read

November 22, 2011

Although I regularly read magazines like Birdwatchers Digest I have read both Audubon and Birding (ABA), along with Winging It, for over 20 years…and on the web I will read Cornell Lab and anything from the Montana Audubon Society…on the computer.
Matt

The Rosetta Stone for Warblers

November 21, 2011

There are so many improvements on bird technology…I come from a time (recently) where field guides ruled…now there is this.This can be brought at the Cornell Field Lab for Ornithology.

Warblers and spectrograms of their nocturnal flight calls. Black-throated Gray Warbler by Roy Brown; others by Laura Erickson.

See the Rosetta Stone for Warblers
By day, warblers dazzle us with their colors and songs. By night, they migrate unseen, uttering calls lasting a fraction of a second. Using the “Rosetta Stone for Warblers,” the Cornell Lab is creating tools to listen to the night sky and identify the birds passing overhead. Thanks to new grants and gifts, we’re also developing a project called BirdCast to forecast migration using radar, sound, weather data, and observations from eBird. See the Rosetta Stone for Warblers.

Climate Change Costs

November 18, 2011

If you want to see climate change costs check out Sharon Begley’s article in NRDC”s OnEarth Magazine…It is revealing.
Matt

Survey Of No Careers In Wildlife

November 14, 2011

From what I read there are few to 0 jobs for a college graduate these days…From what I remember that has always been the case in my profession.

I took a class in 1973 from the University of Montana called Biology 100, Survey of Wildlife Careers. The professor, Les Pengelley, said on the first day that “this course is a waste of time.”

Fast forward to last nights news cast a piece was done on satalite radio collars…I was drinking cofee the next morning with a gal from another field…and she rightfully added satalite collars will put “research kids”out of work.

I remembered the days of picking up bear poop and following a grizzly close with a groudtracking yaggi antenae…those days were already scarce, now they are gone.
Matt
PS: Did you know that Sorrel Boots were once made in Canada. Now Viet Nam…a snowboot in a place where it never snows…trivia I found interesting.

Iconic Views Of Predators

November 12, 2011

-13 years ago I watched a wolverine run up a cliff face to escape me.
-5 years ago I watched a Spotted Hyeana sit in a pool of water to avoid the heat.
-35 years ago I watched a Fischer prey on a porcupine from the rear view mirror of a truck.
Matt

Iconic Views Of the Big Cats

November 10, 2011

I have not spent a lot of time observing big cats but I do have some big cat observations.
I was on a divide of Cannon and Trickle Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness trapping grizzly bears 30 years ago when I looked up and saw a mountain lion running then jumping 18 feet per leap down a steep slope to an unamed lake we named Afro Lake.
I watched as a cheetah ran down than ate a Thompson’s Gazzelle. This was 5 years ago in Tanzanea, Africa.
Matt

Black Bear Killed In Bozeman, Montana

November 8, 2011

I follow bearnews in Bozeman, Montana for for variety of reasons.
Hunters using a bow shot and killed a 150 pound, 2 year old male black bear in the town of Bozeman, Montana. The hunter is fined.
Matt

Iconic Grey Wolf Observations

November 7, 2011

I have seen a lot of Grey Wolves in the wild. Here are some memorable sitings I recall.

I was in British Columbia when I saw a wolf swimming in the mile wide Inside Passage swimming after a mature blacktailed buck.

I found a wolf den in an abanded and old Kitasoo (Tsim Tsan indian band) council logan along the Northern British Coast.

As clouds lifted in Yellowstone’s Blacktail Platue I was comfronted at less than fifty yards
by seven wolves.
Matt

Iconic Brown Bear Observations

November 5, 2011

I dont know where to begin here…I have had so many brown bear observations the ones included here are a sampling of my brown bear observations.

-a brown bear charged me thinking I was a roosevelt elk, which I watched a herd of at the time, at the last instant the bear pulled off the charge, leaving me standing there with a loaded 400 calibre big bore rifle pointed at the ground.

-I was in knowwhere Alaska when a rare sun shined on an alpine ridgetop so I took a nap in my birthday suit, only to wake up to a large female brown bear followed by a spring cub at about 50 yards feeding my way…so I stayed down on all fours and quietly snuck to the ridge where I ambled down through the Devils Club in my birthday suit, avoiding the female brown bear and her spring cub on a ridge in knowhere Alaska.

-I watched bemusedly as a grizzly, a male, locked in coytus on a female grizzly, snoozed with head on the rump of the female bear. As she grazed, he, perhaps twice her her size and locked in as he napped head on her rump followed her hopping along.
Matt