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Help count birds at Wildlife Refuge 

News from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NINEPIPE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to spend a leisurely time helping count birds all the while sitting in your favorite lawn chair. Staff of the National Bison Range is sponsoring its first Big Sit! to be held at Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 12. Based upon the concept of a “big day,” when birders race around counting all the birds they can see or hear within a very large area during 24-hour period, the Big Sit! is a bird-a-thon where people stay in one place and count all the birds that come to them. And it is all done from within a 17-foot diameter circle. Some people have ref...


Rotational grazing can control whitetop

Now you see it, now you don’t. That’s the story with the invasive and difficult-to-treat weed known as whitetop on Jake Yoder’s pastures outside of St. Ignatius. With NRCS assistance, this spring Jake Yoder implemented a high stock density grazing system on his pastures. Historically, Jake ...


Pasture expert Greg Judy to teach workshop

ST. IGNATIUS — A one-of-a-kind pasture management workshop with renowned tame pasture management expert Greg Judy will be offered Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19 and 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Amish Community Building in St. Ignatius. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants may attend one d...


Livestock change palate to help farmers Livestock change palate to help farmers

ST. IGNATIUS – Farmers look to nature to deal with the rising costs of operation by letting the farm animals do more of the work. “The animals will eat and develop a taste for nutrient dense weeds along with the grass. This method takes less fertilizer. The cows will trample natural fertilizer...


Berry, mushroom harvest closed to non-tribal folks

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes  PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes implemented a new rule prohibiting non-Tribal members from berry and mushroom picking on March 1, 2012.  A Tribal member may have non-member children and spouse accompany and ass...


Invasive water plant, or not?

POLSON — Lake County is sponsoring an aquatic invasive plant identification training on July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boettcher Park Pavilion in Polson. The Lake County training session is being funded with a grant from DNRC.   Erik Hanson from Hanson Environmental will lead the training s...


Be on the lookout for orange wheat blossom midge larvae

Early field scouting at the Montana State University Experiment Station in Creston indicates high levels of orange wheat blossom midge larvae earlier than expected this season. Spring wheat growers are being urged to survey their fields to determine if they will have a problem. Larvae may be found on the ...


Mack Days EIS complete, tourney future to be decided mid-August Mack Days EIS complete, tourney future to be decided mid-August

POLSON — Mack Days began 12 years ago as a management tool aimed at reducing Flathead Lake’s lake trout population while increasing the native bull and cutthroat trout populations.  After more than a decade, CSKT fisheries biologist Barry Hansen said the twice-annual fishing tournament ha...


Watch out for plants poisonous to horses

There are many plants in Lake County that have been suspected of being poisonous; however these plants vary greatly in their toxicities, the classes of animals affected and the conditions under which poisoning occurs. For example, a particular plant might provide good forage for cattle and horses, yet be poi...


People reminded to heed seasonal regulations

News from the Tribal Wildland Recreation Program  LAKE COUNTY — As the seasons change, new recreational seasonal closures take effect and some closures are now lifted, according to Les Bigcrane, Tribal Wildland Recreation Program. The use of fireworks at the Blue Bay Camp Grounds is prohibit...


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