When I was in college studying wildlife management, inanimate things like rocks didn’t have much appeal to me. I was enthralled by beautiful gems and minerals as much as the next guy, but I just didn’t see the need to fully understand the science of geology to do my job. I liked living things.

This week I was talking to my daughter who lives in British Columbia. She and her husband signed up with the 10K race of the month club.

In 1955, the state of Utah officially recognized the “sea gull” as the state bird in recognition of how flocks of gulls saved pioneer crops from a plague of locusts in 1848. Over time, the California gull has become universally recognized as the bird referred to as the “sea gull,” but the le…

With the marshes across the southern part of the state escaping their rigid ice bonds, waterbirds will be returning soon. Among the superstars such as Canada geese, great blue herons, night-crowned herons, pintails, egrets and more, there will be a small brown bird. As it swims and dives amo…

My son loves to get into Deadwood Reservoir as early as possible each year but in 2019 he may have to wait a bit longer. Deadwood Summit received an estimated 200+ inches of snow in the month of February alone, shattering a record set in 1949 and repeated in 1986.

In Bisbee, Arizona, we straddled a small train seat mounted on an open car. With a screech, the small but powerful electric engine pulled our tour group into a mineshaft of the Queen Mine. In its 100-year history which officially ended in 1975, this mine produced eight billion pounds of copp…

About 60 years ago, a climber was someone who climbed most any kind of rock or mountain — outside. In today’s world of climbing, specialization has taken hold and someone can legitimately claim to be a climber and never scale anything higher than a one-story house — inside.

Oblivious to the spines, a pair of cactus wrens busied themselves with making a nest in the fork of a cholla cactus in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument’s Alamo Canyon. Cactus wrens were still relatively new to us and we enjoyed the show. A woman and her husband, obviously serious birders …

BIG SKY RESORT — Like a controlled freefall into a dim cave, it was unnervingly dark as Ben Brosseau skied down aptly named Ambush run. A cone of bright white light shone in front of him. Just before he pushed off, a smile seemed frozen to his frosted face.

The Seven Sisters star cluster, aka Pleiades, is an easily found star group in the winter sky. It is located in the Taurus Constellation and the three stars that make up Orion’s belt almost point to it. With just a little light pollution though, this can be a difficult group of stars to see,…

On Saturday, I wanted to skip the snow and go rock climbing outside. It was, after all, March for goodness sake.

The spring black bear drawing is complete, and the results have been posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Hunters who already have an account can check to see if they drew controlled hunt tags for spring black bear at https://idfg.huntfishidaho.net/login.

While a warming climate has the potential to cause numerous harmful effects, at least one species important to the West could come out a winner — big sagebrush.

POCATELLO — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game recently trapped and relocated a juvenile mountain lion that had been repeatedly visiting a home near Gibson Jack Canyon.

In an effort to get a better picture of how wild steelhead are affected by fishing, the University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game will enlist the help of anglers in a two-year study that will track fish as they progress from Lower Granite Dam through the fishery.

Whether in the movies, on television or in person, just about everyone is familiar with the ghostly green images portrayed by night vision equipment that helps humans see in the dark. This is relatively new technology for mankind, but many animals solved the dilemma of how to see in the dark…