The first Bitterroot Outdoor Journal of 2021 brings a helpful resolution from our guy, Bob Danley. He suggests using the business world's SMART goal-setting guidelines to help you succeed this year. The acronym stands for:

  • Specific (details on where, when and what species are likely to be seen)
  • Measurable (what results are expected from your exploration)
  • Attainable (are you realistic on what you're going to see)
  • Relevant (the goal can be short-term or long-term)
  • Time-bound (does the amount of time spent bring results)
  • Bob also said to let people know what you're doing and write it down. He said that surveys have found a 45 percent increase in successes if you write it down and even a 95 percent increase in success if you simply tell friends or family.

    With all that, still remember to enjoy yourself. It's truly an adventure to get out into our great Montana outdoors. Don't miss the magic!

    So far this year, Bob has had pretty good results, seeing 32 different species of animals, including 12 waterfowl species, which included 2 finch species and 3 hawk species (see Prairie Falcon photo above). A good place to see waterfowl is always the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The big ponds are very popular with the birds.

    the Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard Wednesday mornings at about 7:45 a.m. during our Bitterroot Morning newscast on 1240 AM KLYQ, www.klyq.com and on that free KLYQ app on your cellphone. You can even hear it while you're heading out on your own outdoor adventure. Enjoy our great natural world in the valley!

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