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'Field Notes:' Montana's Rain Shadow Explained

May 7, 2018
Montana Average Annual Precipitation, 1981-2010.
Montana State Library

I love driving from Missoula to Helena or Great Falls or Bozeman, over the big passes of the Continental Divide and along some of our country’s most spectacular rivers. On the west side of the Divide, we pass green foothills, huge ponderosas and larch, and soaring bald eagles and osprey. Dropping down onto the east side, we start to see grasslands, sage brush, mule deer and pronghorn. Travelers in Montana know that the climate on the east side of the Continental Divide is suddenly and significantly different than on the west side. Wondering why is a good thing to ponder on a long drive.

String Orchestra of the Rockies presents "The Cascades Meet The Rockies," Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the UM music recital hall.
String Orchestra of the Rockies

New artistic director and violin soloist for The String Orchestra of the Rockies Maria Larionoff joins us, along with outgoing artistic director and cellist Fern Glass Boyd, to preview the SOR's May 6 performance, "The Cascades Meet The Rockies."

"I'm thrilled, as is the whole orchestra and the board," Boyd says of Larionoff's arrival. "I know that our audiences will be also thrilled to have her be our new leader and bring more exciting and fantastic things ahead for the orchestra and the Missoula area."

Sweet Peaks co-founders Sam Dauenhauer and Marissa Keenan.
Courtesy Sweet Peaks

On this episode of "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs:" Sweet Peaks Ice Cream co-founder Marissa Keenan explains how she and her husband Sam transformed an after-work hobby into a successful business.

Red ruby embers burn,

Degradation in the form of creation,

It twists and winds and turns. 

-- Derek Hann

'Field Notes:' Cushion Plants Keep It Short

Apr 29, 2018
U.S.F.S. Northern Region

This spring I went out for a walk on one of the bald hills on the outskirts of Missoula, just east of Hellgate Canyon. I walked the crest of the hill and saw how the strong wind on these exposed ridges blows the soil away, leaving a gravelly surface. The plants growing on this stony pavement are different from the typical grassland species on the slopes.

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