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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

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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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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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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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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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A bevy of tundra swans at Metcalf Refuge pond. (Fullerton Photo)
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Tundra Swans Visit Metcalf Refuge

The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge has large ponds that look inviting from the air.

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Tom Reed and Bob Danley announce the marmot shadow result. (Fullerton Photo)
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Early Spring Predicted by Bitterroot Bill on Groundhog Day

Bitterroot Bill, the valley's groundhog day prognosticator, did not see his shadow Monday.

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At the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, Bob Danley is searching for Bitteroot Bill. (Fullerton Photo)
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Bitterroot Valley Prepares for Groundhog Day

The yearly search for Bitterroot Bill at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge will be part of Groundhog Day February 2.

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Bob Danley at work on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. (Fullerton Photo)
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Why Do Winter Bird Counts? Lots of Reasons [AUDIO]

The local Christmas Bird Counts finished up last weekend with the Stevensville bird count, one of the oldest such counts in the state of Montana.

The reasons for doing the bird counts are numerous, and Bob Danley of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge and I talked about some of them in our weekly radio report on KLYQ 1240 AM Monday morning (at 8:05 a

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Geese, Geese, Duck at Metcalf pond. (Fullerton Photo)
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Geese and Ducks Enjoy the Metcalf Ponds [YouTube]

The ducks are a little more active in this "Wait a Minute" scene from the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville. The geese apparently are used to the over-active ducks and just float on by

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