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A smoky sunset at Flathead Lake. (Fullerton Photo)
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Western Montana and Bitterroot Get Smoky Skies

The smoke from forest fires in Canada, Washington State and California are the culprits for increasingly smoky skies in Western Montana.

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Look out! (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Bitterroot Osprey – Comin’ At Ya

Imagine you're a field mouse. Scary, huh?

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Two hummingbirds in flight. (Greg O. Dowling Photo)
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Daly Mansion has Hummingbirds – Lots of Hummingbirds

The valley has always welcomed hummingbirds, as evidenced in our backyard photos recently.

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Things are "looking up" for this little guy. (Katherine Castro Photo)
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Hummingbird in a Bitterroot Back Yard

A summer evening in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana often includes those little fliers - hummingbirds.

You'll find hummingbird feeders throughout the valley, where some high-speed territorial battles take place

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View toward the Sapphire Mountains from Bell Crossing July 8. (Fullerton Photo)
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Forest Fire Smoke Invades the Valley – Air Quality Suffers

Smoke from forest fires to the west of Montana has settled in the western valleys of the state.

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Full Moon July 1st. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Full Moon Rises July 1

Through a hazy atmosphere, the full moon rose above the Sapphire Mountains in the Bitterroot Valley last night, July 1st. There will be another full moon this month, July 31.

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A pileated woodpecker near Lake Como. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Bitterroot Woodpecker at Lunch

One of the few places you can find North America's largest woodpeckers - the Western Pileated Woodpecker - is in Western Montana. You can also find them along the Pacific Coast.

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Often heard but not seen, a Swainson's thrush in the Bitterroot Valley. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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A Quick Peek at a Swainson’s Thrush

A tiny bird called the Swainson's thrush has been around for a long time in the birding world.

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Saturn, showing off its rings. (NASA/E.Karkoshka(University of Arizona)
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Discover the Planets in June’s Night Sky

It's a new month, and time to check on what's up in the sky between sunset and sunrise. Planets are highlighted this month.

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Collecting nectar. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Buzzin’ Around a Bitterroot Flower

Nature helping nature as the pollen is collected. The scene up Roaring Lion in the Bitterroot Mountains.

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