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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

eastern kingbird
An Eastern Kingbird in the Bitterroot Valley. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Eastern Kingbird is Also in the West

The names are not always accurate when you're identifying birds.

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blue heron
Great Blue Heron at Bitterroot Valley pond. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Walking Slowly to Catch A Fish

The Great Blue Heron is very patient when it comes to fishing.

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turtles
Turtles on a log. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Turtles in the Bitterroot – ‘Catchin’ a Few Rays’

Turtles like the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, too.

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sand hill crane
A wet bird. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Bitterroot Birds -An Indication that it Rained a Lot Last Weekend

After the recent heavy rains, this Sand Hill Crane looked like it needed a bath towel.

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great egret
A great egret in the top of a tree at the Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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A Great Egret Shows up in the Bitterroot

The Great Egret is not usually found in Montana. Yet, this week, one was seen at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, northeast of Stevensville.

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blue herons
It's a little crowded at the top of this tree. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Blue Heron Apartment Complex at Metcalf Refuge

The Blue Heron rookery at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge has become a popular nesting site.

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A pond at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Spring has Sprung at the Metcalf Wildlife Refuge

This week, we start our regular series from the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, one of the jewels of the Bitterroot Valley.

Bob Danley is happy to talk with us about what you can find at the refuge near Stevensville

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cinnamon teal
A cinnamon teal duck at the refuge. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Welcome Back the Waterfowl at Metcalf Refuge Saturday

The annual "Welcome Back Waterfowl" day at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville is Saturday, April 11.

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blue heron
A blue heron landing at a treetop nest. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Herons in the Trees – Metcalf Wildlife Refuge

The rookery in the tops of the trees at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge is a busy place. Blue herons pick the tops of trees for their nests to avoid all sorts of predators. It's a strange site to see those large birds high in the evergreens

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tundra swans
Swans sharing the pond with ducks. (Fullerton Photo)
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Tundra Swans Floating Peacefully [YouTube]

We just uploaded the video of the tundra swans in the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge pond Wednesday, March 18.

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