Bear bathtubs? Who knew? . . .
It takes a hike over high ridges and numerous toppled lodgepole pine trees to find the small pool of fresh water in Yellowstone National Park.
This is not some out-of-the-way hot springs that adventurous tourists seek out to soak in. Instead, the well-worn trails marked by tracks leading to the site attest to its use as a “bear bathtub.”
The first of these pools was discovered more than a decade ago by Yellowstone bear researchers as they searched for a tracking collar that had fallen off one of the bears they were studying, according to an article in the recently released issue of the journal Yellowstone Science. The signal sent by the collar led them to the small pond at the end of a narrow gully surrounded by forested hills, according to the article’s lead author, Kerry Gunther, Yellowstone’s bear manager.
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The Hockaday has a wildlife photography exhibit worth a visit . . .
One of Montana’s most prolific and published photographers will head up an entire day of discussions and stories about his work at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell.
Donald M. Jones, who lives in Troy, is known nationally and internationally primarily for his work shooting photographs of wildlife, particularly the creatures inhabiting North America. Jones has tallied more than 600 magazine covers as part of his legacy, along with clients like Field and Stream magazine, Time, Outdoor Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Columbia Sportswear, L.L. Bean, and more.
And now, his photographs have a new life at the Hockaday Museum of Art, where 27 of them are on display in the exhibit, “Wild and Free: Photographs of North American Wildlife,” until Jan. 21.
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Here’s more North Fork coverage from New West. This article by Maggie Neal Doherty concerns her early season hike to Akokala Lake . . .
After 23 miles of dusty potholed road and a stop off at the Polebridge Mercantile for a hot turkey sandwich to add to my lunch, I pulled my camera from my backpack to shoot the stunning expanse of Bowman Lake in the spring – lake blue and mountains draped in white.
The shot didn’t happen.
In my rush must-hike-because-the-sun-is-finally-shining moment, I forgot a few things for my hike to Akokala Lake in the North Fork region of Glacier National Park. My memory card was at home, left in my computer; and as I would come to learn five miles later, so were my much-needed snowshoes.
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I saw this mentioned in a post on the Waterton-Glacier Endangered web log. Florian Schulz posted a nice commentary on the risks faced by Waterton-Glacier due to resource development in the Canadian Flathead, accompanied by a gorgeous set of photos. Recommended for the photography alone, much less the post itself.