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Baby bird whose nest blew out of a tree in last night's thunderstorm.

We left this one and its sibling at the base of the tree last night hoping the parents would come back. This morning they were still there...one was dead and this little one was still alert and breathing. I was afraid a magpie would eat it because they are just hell on baby birds around here and it is 100 degrees again today and I knew he had to be dehydrated. So, I picked him (her?) and warmed him....even in our heat, he didn't feel warm.

I held him until he perked up and gave him a little water. I put him in my pocket at drove to Petsmart to get a container of crop milk replacement and he's already had two meals today. The internets say that he will eat 4 times per day and graduate to seeds and berries when he fledges. I believe this chick (the babies are called squabs) is a Eurasian Collared Dove. Non native and invasive in some areas. However, I just couldn't leave him to die by that tree.

I have a pet Conure and am keeping him well away from this dove in case there are any diseases to worry about.

He won't win a beauty contest but he is quite a fighter!! Wish him luck. I have a video of him eating his first meal...but I don't know how to post videos here on DU.

My 16 year old son got his first real job today!!

I wanted him to wait to apply for jobs until he was fully vaccinated...and he is now. We built a resume which was a challenge since he doesn't have much of a work history. We noted he was a 4.0 student and an academic letter award winner...he's played piano since he was 7 years old and he received an award of excellence from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2019 and he played travel baseball for a decade...none of which applied to the job he was going for but these experiences and commitments help build the young man he is today.

Anyway, he was hired as a cashier at the local Ace Hardware and get this...the manager who hired him also hired me as a cashier at another small hardware store back in 1983. I worked there through college. He didn't know that Owen was my kiddo until after the interview. Can you even believe that? Small world indeed.

I'm in tears, I'm so thrilled. Thanks for reading.

Red Alert: Montana Governor proposes open season for trappers on wolves, otters etc.

Thursday June 24th marks the first time we will hear from Gov. Gianforte’s hand-picked Fish and Wildlife Commissioners. They will decide how to implement new laws that allow baiting, snaring and night shooting of wolves, a four-week longer wolf trapping and snaring season, bounties up to $1,000 on wolves killed, and unlimited kills on one license. This is genocide.

You might not live in Montana, but wildlife and wild places belong to all of us. The link below describes the horrific proposed changes. Email addresses and phone numbers are in the article. If you have a moment, please email, call or reach out to these commissioners. Threaten to not come to Montana...or patronize Montana businesses. I'm a small business owner and I might be slitting my own throat but these changes cannot stand. Wolves and river otters belong in our mountains and rivers.

Trappers have too much power and influence. I can't even take my dog out for a hike without the worry and risk that she will get caught in a trap.

Targeting these animals puts other species at significant risk. I'm sick about this. I don't know what else to do.

The link below is from Footloose Montana, an anti-trapping organization so please know that it is biased but they're not wrong about what is being proposed.


ETA: If you can afford to donate to Footloose Montana, here’s the link to their site: https://www.footloosemontana.org/
Footloose fighting hard to end trapping on public lands in Montana. They are well coordinated with similar organizations in other states.

My planned group hike on Sunday didn't go as planned.

I was supposed to hike into an alpine lake in the Rattlesnake Wilderness with my husband, son and one of our employees. There’s no trail to the lake and 10 minutes into the hike, I knew I couldn’t make in. It was raining, there were downed trees by the hundreds that I could not scale for even the short two miles as the crow flies. I sent the guys in without me and I went back to the trail head feeling really dejected. I walked up the hill overlooking the trailhead to take in the view and saw a trail that was behind a Forest Service locked gate. I grabbed my backpack and started in. What the hell? It’s better than feeling sad in the truck all day.

It was 7 miles to where the trail ended because of downed trees...I ate my lunch at that spot before I hiked the 7 miles back. I saw western tanagers, blue birds, red tails and a big black bear. I’m not gonna lie...I was really happy that bear was black and not a grizzly. I’m in decent shape but couldn’t outrun a griz. I posted the pic below of a log that the black bear crossed just before I did. Crazy!

It ended up being a glorious day. I made it back to the truck just 10 minutes before the guys did. They said their hike was hell. Mine was amazing and I’m grateful for the day.







My little garden buddy today.

Pine Siskins have settled in to my feeders this past week. I stopped putting out oil seed in an effort to keep out the house sparrows and BAM! In came the Pine Siskins, nuthatches, chickadees and Evening Grosbeaks. It's been really fun. The Pine Siskins will let me get really close to them...they don't seem fearful at all.


A River Runs Through It.

The Clark Fork at sunset. Spring runoff is high and the river is rocking!

I just got my 16 year old son his first Pfizer vaccine!

He just turned 16 on Mother’s Day. The vaccine clinic was fast, friendly and efficient. We ran into a few other families that we know who were also getting their kiddos vaxxed as well. Owen (my son) can have a relatively normal summer after his second shot. I’ve been hesitant to even let him apply for jobs without being vaccinated. I feel such relief!

Montana gains second US house seat.


For my fellow citizens of Big Sky Country, I see this as a blessing or a curse. Representation is wonderful if you’re represented. From my vantage point in Missoula, I feel overrun with people from other places...our home prices are insane, we have a labor shortage and wages are low in general. I worry about the influx of folks from places with politics far more conservative that what I’m used to in blue Missoula. I hope this is good news but in the current Daines/Gianforte environment, I am skeptical.

Where are you all with this news?

First Iris of spring: Beloved osprey returns to Missoula

As an inspiration to hardworking senior citizens everywhere, Iris the osprey is back in town and looking for love.

The photogenic fish hawk triggered her nest camera above Missoula College River Campus at 8:06:48 a.m. Wednesday. She migrated north from her wintering grounds — most likely 2,000 miles away along the Gulf of Mexico.

“She’s now the oldest known living osprey in the world,” said University of Montana biologist Erick Greene, who’s been studying osprey for decades.

“We put that platform up 14 years ago, and she was nesting on some power lines by the Missoula College for many years before that," Greene added. "Osprey don’t start breeding until they’re 4 or 5 years old. We estimate she’s probably about 24 years old.”

On a side note...Iris the osprey nests at the mouth of Hellgate Canyon on the east side of Missoula. Hellgate is known for the howling winds that come out the canyon. Iris is indeed a badass.

Hellgate Osprey live cam: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/hellgate-ospreys/

more at: https://missoulian.com/news/local/first-iris-of-spring-beloved-osprey-returns-to-missoula/article_53541eb1-372d-5d15-ba46-c60182c172e2.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Montana thug governor tests positive for Covid.

I guess I should feel badly about this but I don’t.


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