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May 2021

May 2021 Newsletter

Centennial Valley hosts one of the largest wetland complexes in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wetlands provide essential ecosystem services, like flood control and water filtration. They are highly productive systems and vital habitat for flora and fauna alike. 

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April 2021

April 2021 Newsletter

This time of year, greater sage-grouse are gathering at their leks, where males will show off their moves to vie for female attention. Only a few will have the opportunity to mate. They compete by strutting around and inflating the balloon-like air sacs on their chests, which results in a strange noise.

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March 2021 Newslette

March 2021 Newsletter

Although winter weather may persist for a while longer, signs of the changing seasons will slowly begin to appear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Some of the first signs include the arrival of early migrating birds, such as the red-winged blackbirds already spotted in Centennial Valley this year.

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February 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

In this month's newsletter, we take a look at the early birds of Centennial Valley that start nesting as early as February, learn about the amazing natural events that formed the Centennial Mountains, and get reminded about the impacts that powerful (and even small) avalanches can have.

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January 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

Amidst the tranquil scene of a snow-covered forest, trees are grappling with the challenges of the winter season. Like animals, trees have a variety of tactics for winter survival, each with their own trade offs. Many of these are very apparent, such as the bare branches of deciduous trees.

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December 2020 Newsletter

December 2020 Newsletter

Wildlife that remain active in the winter must be prepared to contend with several feet of snow, extreme temperatures, and food scarcity. In this issue, we go over a few of the tactics that these animals use to survive these winters, get an update from Lakeview Elementary, and go over winter birding skills.

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November 2020 Newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter

The onset of winter sometimes seems to sneak up on us humans, but other animals are well prepared. At this point, many have left Centennial Valley. Long-distance travelers may have already reached their warmer winter destinations. Those that stick around need to contend with the long, cold winter.

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October 2020 Newsletter

October 2020 Newsletter

We asked our partners at Lakeview Elementary to give us local updates on weather and wildlife in Centennial Valley while we are away for the winter. With our Artist-in-Residence Program coming up, we also wanted to share some reflections from previous artists on their residencies.

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September 2020 Newsletter

September 2020 Newsletter

Autumn is here, and the shorter, cooler days are bringing spectacular changes to Centennial Valley. Aspens are donning golden leaves. Bears are stocking up for hibernation. Migratory birds are preparing for their journeys south. Elk can be heard bugling as large herbivores enter into the rut.

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August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 Newsletter

This summer we created #TrailTalkTuesdays as a way of bringing Centennial Valley to you, while our doors are closed to visitors. This month we are highlighting Odell Creek Trail. It travels through mixed conifer forests and stands of water-loving trees. It has lovely picnic spots and access to Big Sheep Mountain.

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July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

Our most recent #TrailTalk on Instagram featured the Firetower Trail. We joined naturalist MaryAnne as she ventured to the top of the tower and answered a few questions along the way. We also cover recent projects we've been up to, and welcome our new Graduate Summer Fellow, Taylor Litwin!

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August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 Newsletter

This summer we created #TrailTalkTuesdays as a way of bringing Centennial Valley to you, while our doors are closed to visitors. This month we are highlighting Odell Creek Trail. It travels through mixed conifer forests and stands of water-loving trees. It has lovely picnic spots and access to Big Sheep Mountain.

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Last Updated: 6/30/21