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'Field Notes': Butterfly Winter Survival Strategies

Mar 11, 2019
A butterfly sits a top a mound of snow.
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Here's a topic you might not be thinking much about right now. Remember all those colorful butterflies that visited your garden just a few short months ago? They seemed the very definition of summer. What's happened to those delicate creatures?

Forget The Powder; Why Some Animals Prefer Crusty Snow

Feb 24, 2019
A fox in mid-air about to poke through the snow while hunting.
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This morning, the valley sits under a blanket of fresh snow, and another few inches is forecast for tomorrow. I love the first day or two after a snowfall when everything is still white and clean, before the snow’s presence in town becomes more of a hindrance than a facelift.

Snow Fleas
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Every autumn I begin to wonder – where do all the bugs go? Unlike people, and other warm-blooded critters that can maintain a consistent internal temperature, insects cannot. So, you might wonder, what do insects do to survive the cold?

Winter Solstice and your health
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about: the winter solstice.

On the winter solstice, which is coming right up on December 21, the day is the shortest and the night is the longest of the whole year. This happens because on the solstice, the northern hemisphere of earth is tilted as far away from the sun as it ever goes. This not only makes the days short, it also makes the sun rise and set far south in our horizon.

Northwestern Energy

Ready or not, a massive winter storm is bearing down on Montana.


'Field Notes': The Wonders Of Winter Adaptation

Mar 13, 2016
A red fox rests in the snow.
Flickr user Charles Anderson (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Humans tend to sense and respond to winter - the cold, the snow, the wind, the short days - by controlling their environment. We mediate winter's effect by living in a warm house, wearing thick jackets or flying like "snowbirds" south to warm and sunny climates. 

Kila Man Killed In Avalanche Near Whitefish

Jan 25, 2016
Snowmobile
Maropak (CC-BY-SA-3)

A snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche near Whitefish on Saturday. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was a 33-year-old Geoffrey Richard Caldbeck from Kila.

Remedy The Winter Grays And Blues With Winter Greens

Jan 22, 2016
Flickr user, Ruth Hartnup (CC-BY-2.0)

Kale, chard, collards, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, available in grocery stores in Montana all winter, can help bridge the season's yawning Vegetable Gap.

Flickr user, Sid Mosdell

When it comes to surviving winter, insects in temperate regions like Montana can be divided into two groups: freeze-tolerant insects that can survive if their body fluids freeze, and freeze-avoiding ones that can't.

Certain flies, wasps, beetles and moth and butterfly larvae and pupae produce chemicals that control the rate and size of ice crystal formation in their bodies, so that freezing doesn't damage their cells. The pupae of one species of swallowtail butterfly has survived laboratory temperatures of -385 degrees F.