Outdoors can be a good place to be. Bob Danley of KLYQ's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal noticed some snow geese at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Stevensville. They are usually on the ground in the closed area of the refuge, but occasionally they fly. (see photo above) Also at the refuge, Bob saw a mink racing across a field (see photo below). The mink was hunting. They like mice, voles, rabbit, muskrat and, in the water, fish and crayfish. A male mink's home range is about two and half miles.

Wildflowers our stretching out their leaves, getting ready for spring flowering time. You can find Cous Biscuitroot, and the beginnings of Shootingstar and Meadow Death Camas. Lichen this week includes the Pebbled Pixie-cup (see photo below), usually found on a tree trunk. It's small. Bob has his report on KLYQ 1240 AM every Wednesday morning during the 7:30 a.m. Bitterroot Morning Newscast. Of course, it's also on www.klyq.com and on that KLYQ cellphone app.

A male mink in the Bitterroot. (Bob Danley Photo)
Pebbled Pixiecup. (Bob Danley Photo)