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Researchers working at Sapphire Ranch near Lolo, MT, are trying to find out how deforestation affects bird alarm calls, February 25, 2017.
Rachel Cramer

In recent years, biologists have learned that birds use a variety of signals to communicate life-saving information about predators. Researchers from the University of Montana are trying to find out how development affects these signals and what this could mean for bird populations.

'Field Notes' Migrates From Radio To Print

Oct 24, 2016

Question: What do bear scat, dragonflies, wooly aphids, and lichen have in common?

Answer: They are all featured in a book just published by the Montana Natural History Center. The book, titled Field Notes, is a collection of selected essays written for Montana Public Radio’s program of the same name.

Groundbreaking biologist John J. Craighead turned 100 years old this week.
Courtesy Craighead family

Yesterday we learned that legendary Montana wildlife biologist John Craighead died one month after celebrating his 100th birthday with family and friends. He passed on Sunday at his home outside Missoula. Craighead did pioneering work in and around Yellowstone National Park with his twin brother Frank, who died in 2001.

Snakes, Alligators, and Broken Hearts: Journeys of a Biologist's Son

by Sneed B. Collard III

Bucking Horse Books, 2015

I don't think that children (or adults, for that matter) wonder as much about the lives of nonfiction writers as they do about writers of fiction. Reading Snakes, Alligators, and Broken Hearts made me wonder why. While Sneed B. Collard III has written eleven books of children's fiction (one under a pseudonym), he has been most prolific in writing children's nonfiction, mostly about the natural world, and historical biographies.