My son sent me a photo of a baby robin, difficult to recognize because it was still about half-naked, with feathers just beginning to grow. It had fallen from a nest and was, to my granddaughter’s dismay, quite dead. This baby was completely helpless, dependent on its parents for growth and …

It is hard to imagine that a plant could start a war. In 1878 though, that is what happened. The Bannock War, which lasted all summer, began because hungry Native Americans were dismayed to see their “grocery store,” the Camas Prairie, near Fairfield, Idaho, turned into grazing pasture, to t…

On Saturday I went for a 60-mile bike ride with friends in the morning, then took a nap and went rock climbing with pals in the late afternoon. (That’s what happens when your wife is out of town visiting grandkids.)

BOZEMAN, Mont.  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MeatEater, Inc. announced today its expansion from media into direct-to-consumer retail with the acquisition of hunting technical apparel and gear company First Lite. The deal marks a major milestone in MeatEater’s plans to expand from content to commerce …

Idaho Power, along with officials from both Idaho and Oregon, are urging boaters to clean, drain and dry their craft before moving from one water body to the next. According to a news release, this is the best way to prevent the spread of invasive mussels, which can damage the region’s econo…

I am torn between donning my warrior’s armor or slipping on the robes of peace. We could become friends or foes, allowing give and take, although my fear is that I would do all the giving and they all the taking.

The weather on Saturday was changing about every 5 minutes. We were pulling on our puffy coats or taking them off, depending on clouds passing by blocking the sun.

Harley-Davidson motorcycles were still in their infancy in 1929 when 18-year-old Don DeVore took an interest in the machines and landed a job at Montana Cycle and Supply, an early Billings motorcycle and bicycle shop.

Julie Butler was relaxing on the shore of Palisades Reservoir after a night of camping June 1 when a barrage of rifle fire erupted nearby.

A grizzly bear that liked to hang around the Garwood area last summer before being relocated to Boundary County near the Montana state line was euthanized last weekend after killing livestock north of Bonners Ferry.

Nasty weather often makes Memorial Day weekend an iffy time to go camping in eastern Idaho. This year though, the storms have been widely spread throughout much of the West and Midwest. If someone were to ask for a weather report in much of the western half of the nation, a single word, rain…

It seems like it’s been raining for 40 days and 40 nights. Besides all the lawn mowing, dirty cars and flooded basements, there’s the more serious situation of washed out recreation time.

It sounds like a bad horror movie. Canadian wild pigs are amassing at Montana’s northern border. It’s only a matter of time before they wander south and begin their destructive assault on everything from wildlife to agricultural fields and even archaeological sites.

Visitors heading to City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park will need to add trash bags to their camping kits. The last trash cans in the parks have been removed from the Bath Rock area this past week.

For the past several years I have produced landscape calendars of Island Park. The images that always draw the most comments are not the amazing sunsets or the Henry’s Fork or the awesome waterfalls there. The photos that get the most attention are always those that include fields of wildflowers.

Pintail Point at Henry’s Lake access opened

Chinook salmon fishing in the Clearwater River basin will remain closed this weekend due to lower than expected returns of adult Chinook, which includes the following rivers: Clearwater River, North Fork Clearwater River, Middle Fork Clearwater River and South Fork Clearwater River. If more …

The corridor smells of gasoline. It invades noses like the sound of the rumbling generator invades ears. The loud motor electrifies probes dangling in the river off the front of a jet boat. The three men on board aren’t fishing, but they’re certainly catching.

Fish and Game biologists are in the midst of a multi-year study in four Idaho reservoirs to evaluate the performance of hatchery-stocked Chinook salmon, and how they can be best used to improve certain fisheries around the state. But assistance from anglers is needed for the study to be successful.

One of my, “duties as assigned,” with Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge is to write the column entitled “Bird of the Month” for the website (friendsofcamas.org). Winter is a tough season for this column as I like to write about birds that can actually be seen during that time and I h…

I knew better than to step out of the RV without my shoes, but I did it anyway. Within seconds, I was hopping on one foot, trying to pull a painful cactus spine out of the other. This only caused me to step on another thorn, one from a puncture vine. I was quickly reminded just how important…

It’s time for the big dance. A male sage grouse struts across the lek, hoping to impress the ladies with his moves. Slowly, a female approaches. Certain he’s made an impression, the male begins to strut faster, adjusting his dance to put on his best show. The female seems interested. Unable …

CANMORE, Alberta — The bodies of climbers Jess Roskelley, of Spokane, and two Austrians were recovered Sunday from an avalanche field in the Canadian Rockies. Among the recovered items was a phone Roskelley carried that contained an image of the trio smiling, suggesting they had reached the …

If there is a word in the lexicon of ecological terms that seems to always be associated with negative consequences, it is erosion.

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…