Field Report: southwestern Montana

In the early 1900s, flooding near the town of Anaconda, Montana washed toxic mine waste through over 100 miles of the headwaters of the Clark Fork, the largest river in Montana. In response, the mining company built a series of retention ponds which have since sequestered pollutants and become a major hotspot of migratory waterfowl.Continue reading “Field Report: southwestern Montana”

Field Report: owl tagging in Mendocino County, CA

Little is known about barred owl dispersal patterns in western North America, and I am a co-PI on a new project that is designed to fill that knowledge gap. The work – led by UW-Madison graduate student Whitney Watson – is taking place in California’s coastal redwood region, where barred owl densities are high relativeContinue reading “Field Report: owl tagging in Mendocino County, CA”