April Events!

“There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.

– Theodore Roosevelt
President of the United States

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Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park! TRNP

This year marks the National Parks Service Centennial (Find Your Park Here)

“The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. We invite you to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard!”

All National Parks will be hosting special programs through out the year along with their normally scheduled programs as well. Since Theodore Roosevelt National Park is our closest National Park and only an hour away I will be promoting their events on Facebook through Glendive Outside and TNRP when more details come out.
Special Programs 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Nat. Park:
April 16th,  Jr Ranger Day  All Day, Saturday.
April 16th-23rd  All Day, National Park Week, Fee Free Week!
June 4th, National Trails Day All Day, Saturday.
62nd Annual Bird Walk, June 5th 6:30am, Cottonwood Campground, Sunday.
Bio-Blitz June 24-25th, times varies, Peaceful Valley Ranch, Friday and Saturday.
Teddy Bear Picnic, July 10th, TBA, Picnic Area, South Unit, Sunday.
Terry Tempest Williams, July 24th, TBA, Sunday at Cottonwood Campground.
Founders Day, August 25th 10:00am Painted Canyon, Thurday.
Dakota Nights Sept 23-25th, Times Varies, South Unit, Friday and Saturday.
Photo Award Display Dec, 3 All Day, Visitors Center, South Unit, Saturday.
Bird Count, Dec 18th, 8am, Visitors Center, Sunday.
april-facts-emekatalksApril is upon us! The green colors are slowly starting to appear across the brown badlands. This will be the first month that will start off with an away activity.

April 22nd, Friday

Makoshika’s Kinney Coulee Trail Trail Map

  • Meet at trail head at 10:00 am and/or 6:00 pm.  Alternative trail will be used in case of wet conditions. Remember to Leave No Trace!

 

April 23rd, Saturday

Jaycee West Park Loop Trail Map

10am:

  • Meet at Jaycee West Park park near the Tennis Courts and we will walk clockwise.

5pm Glendive, MT.  Option:

  • Park at Group Use Shelter Hike down to the Diane Gabriel Trail and then enjoy some Makoshika Disc Golf!

5pm Fairview, MT Option: Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel

  • I  thought it would be an enjoyable Saturday outing, there are a few other things to do around Fairview as well Fort Union Trading Post and Fort Buford State Historic Site.  Meet up at Sundheim Park, near the bridge parking. Just outside of Fairview along the Yellowstone River (Directions). Bring your Disc Golf discs!  We will either play disc golf or walk first. One way to the far end is just at 0.95 miles.  If you would like to go and would like to carpool know. I can fit up 3-4 in my car comfortably.  Let me know ahead so I can clean it!  There are a few places to eat in Fairview, if your interested as well.  Sunset starts around 8pm.

April 24th, Sunday.

 5pm.
  • Meet at the bottom of the switchbacks in Makoshika. We will head up the switch back trail, travel the Ponderosa Trail to McCarty Pond and connecting with the Ponderosa Trail Loop.  Pending on how the group feels, we may take a side trip over and hit up Cap Rock Nature Trail as well!  We will then return down the road, via side trails that follow the road back 3 miles roughly without Cap Rock Trail.
Happy Trails and I’ll see you Outside!

March 2016 Events!

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February’s  Backyard Bird Count went by rather quietly, but there was at least 12 species identified over the course of the 4 days, with some having multiple large numbers in the flocks. March is here!  We have a few items planned out.

Dog Friendly Group Walks!

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BlackBridge Walking Loop

Saturday, March 5th at 3:00pm there is Social Dog Saturday and Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30pm a Wednesday Walking Group plus dogsBring your doggies out and let them meet other doggies!
Meet at Eyers Park (East of Reynolds). There is a doggie poop station on Bell St. Bridge access .(hint hint). Bring your leashed dog out and go for a 1.7mile walk. This should be an enjoyable group event for both your dog and other people.
Pending on group meet up and participation this could be a weekly option.

*Obviously, make sure you are in control of your dog. As you are responsible for your dog and its behavior.  Your dog should be up to date with its current vaccinations. For those driving, please use the provided parking lot.  Leashes are required. Also, do not to let your dog run around in the city park, as per city code 8-7-4.  There will should be no issues in the parking area. (A little bird told me to contact Public Works, we are fine). Also you need to clean up after your dog. Dog station is at the trail head and garbage is located there as well.

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Doggie Poo clean up station.

 

 

Link to route: https://www.endomondo.com/routes/606389518

Spring Weekend Events!

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Spring is here… or will be, officially March 20th.

March 18th 

10 am: Jaycee’s West Loop Park. 1.6 mile loop. Meet at the Tennis Court area Parking spot. Its all flat and easy. Route Link: https://www.endomondo.com/routes/606381244

5:30 pm: ????(unnamed trail) x.x miles.  Meet at Group Use Shelter and we will hike up the mystery trail!  Wear good hiking shoes! We will go up the hard way. Once on top its easy walking.  We will end up at the first campground on the right of the road.  I will hopefully have the trail data by then…  In case of wet conditions we will have alternative hiking routes.

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Link to route on Endomondo

March 19th

10am: Meet at Group Use Shelter. We will walk the (unnamed trail) again!.  I also plan to do this trail on June 11th, for Buzzard Day as well.  Currently unable to find trail name, who or when it was built.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.  Its been around for over 20 years.

1pm: Meet at bottom of switchbacks (assuming they are still closed) we will hike the road back to Artists Vista!  About 12miles of easy road.  Wet conditions will have alternative hiking routes.

Sunday,March 20th, 7pm.

January’s full moon hike had an amazing turnout of 50ish people.  I know this weekend has a few things going on, but I would like to celebrate the Spring Equinox Full Moon with another hike and campfire!  This time it will not be such a long walk.  We will meet at 7pm at the Group Use Shelter in Makoshika State Park.  Pending on the crowd, if its small and we have good moonlight, we will hike the Diane Gabriel Trail. If we have a larger turnout or bad moonlight, or wet trails, we will hike the road to the bottom of the switchbacks.  Hopefully I will have the campfire going by then.  I will have marshmallows, fixings for smores and hot water available for drinks again!

Great Backyard Bird Count 2016

Hark, love, while through this wood we walk,
Beneath melodious trees,
How wrens with redbreasts ever talk
What tuneful words they please…
No graybeard linguis
t, love, could vie
With our large learning, then!
You’d speak to me in Redbreast; I
Would answer you in Wren!
~Edgar Fawcett, “Bird-Language,” Songs of Doubt and Dream, 1891

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Northern Flicker in Graveyard Coulee by Kelly Wicks, 2015

I thought I’d change up the activities a bit.  Birding or bird watching can be a very easy way to exercise or just another excuse to get outside.  Its a low impact on the body, it has relatively slow moving or non moving aspects.  It can be done in groups, by yourself. In open areas or in your own backyard! The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 12th -15th, 2016.  If you plan on coming out for the group event I suggest bringing, binoculars/telescope and or camera.  Don’t bring to much stuff as YOU will have to carry it. There is also a photo contest if you wish to enter, to win bird feeders.

I will have this checklist February Checklist for 59330, Glendive, Dawson County, MT, Birds of Montana Field Guide and Audobon Society Field Guide to Birds, binoculars, notepad and camera with me.  I also have an account with GBBC, so I will upload any data we get.  That way you don’t have to create an account, if you don’t want too. 🙂

If you want more information or just want to do it from home check out: Great Backyard Bird Count Homepage for more information.

Birds are mostly active during early morning and in the evening and in between, pending on the weather and bird.  I will do my best to be at the locations by 6:45am… sunrise will be around 7am.

Schedule:

  • Friday 12th 7:00-8/9am  Black Bridge Fishing Access.
    • Meet at 2nd (middle) parking lot.
    • Walk and observe.
  • Friday 12th 10:00am-12 pm Hollecker Park/Lake.
    • Meet at parking lot. Walk around or sit to observe.
  • Friday 12th 3:00 pm-5:30pm   Makoshika State Park.
    • Meet at bottom of switchbacks.
    • Walk up switchback road and Ponderosa Trail area.
  • Saturday 13th 7:00 am  Boat Ramp Area, Behind MT DOT.
    • Meet in parking lot. Stay on public access.
  • Saturday 13th  10:00 am  Makoshika State Park.
    • Meet at Visitors Center.
    • Will look for birds behind the visitor’s center along the Blue Bird Trail.
  • Saturday 13th 3:00 pm ABC Little League Fields/Area.

Continue reading “Great Backyard Bird Count 2016”

Makoshika Moonlight Hike

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.” ― Yasunari Kawabata, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

MakoshikaMoonlightHikeMeet at Makoshika State Park Group Use Shelter (Kiwanis Shelter) at by 6:50pm , by 7:05pm will start the hike.

This is a Full Moon (Wolf Moon (January Moon) flashlight free hike. We will hike the road to the bottom of the switchbacks, then hike up the Switch Back Trail, its a slow steady climb on a nice grade for the most of it. Once on top we will connect with the Ponderosa Trail and head towards the Amphitheater then walk the road loop back towards the Shelter. This is roughly a 6 mile walk. Once we finish the hike at the shelter, we will start a fire in the pit, roast some marshmallows have hot cocoa and tea available. (if anyone can donate/bring items to help that would be great, let me know so I can prepare/buy) Hope to see you there!

Why go? Because Makoshika looks so much different in the moonlight, especially with snow on the ground!

Any questions you can always contact me via Facebook or email.

Remember that it’s still winter and dark so dress appropriately. Kids are OK too…

Ive been wanting to do a Makoshika Moonlight Hike and Lew Melby emailed me also with a hike idea with fire and drinks (something i totally would have forgotten to add) at the end. 🙂 Since this will be the last full moon on a weekend, figured best to do it, now!