Snow IS Fun
March 23, 2017
By SARA HALM and ADAM LIEBERG

Snow IS fun. Winter brings an abundance of outdoor recreation options and opportunities to learn about the natural world. This winter Swan Valley Connections seized the chance to teach snow science, animal tracking, and winter survival skills... CONTINUE READING →


Fresh Tracks And Carnivore Scats
February 28, 2017
By ADAM LIEBERG and CODY DEMS

2017 marks the sixth year of the Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative Carnivore Monitoring Project. The project consists of teams from the US Forest Service, Blackfoot Challenge, and Swan Valley Connections, monitoring rare carnivores across 1.5 million acres... CONTINUE READING →


Mountain Caribou Initiative: Camera Trapping for Carnivores
February 21, 2017
By MOUNTAIN CARIBOU INITIATIVE
Text and photos by DAVID MOSKOWITZ

Caribou are not the only animal tough to track down in the Caribou Rainforest ecosystem. As part of our efforts to tell the story of all of the creatures that call these mountains home, I have been setting camera traps this winter in collaboration with Swan Valley Connections in northwestern Montana... CONTINUE READING →


L&L’s Final Days of Biogeography
October 28, 2016
By JULIA GOODHART

With a brief and celebrated respite from the steady barrage of October rain, L&L students headed into the woods for the final days of Biogeography! With classes culminating and final papers and projects approaching, it seemed like two days using our hands constructively, and tromping through the wet vegetation to identify our trees and animal sign were sincerely appreciated.

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A Week of Wetlands and Forestry
October 25, 2016
By JULIA GOODHART

After returning from our week in the Mission Valley, the aspen trees beginning to flutter in yellows and golds, the L&L students continued their exploration of the Swan Valley’s wetlands.  In the photo below, Andrea is gesturing to the boundary of the wetland - where the cottonwoods, aspens, and other ‘upland’ vegetation begin...

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Putting Beck Creek Garden to Bed
October 17, 2016
By CORY FRONING

Yesterday, October 16th, was Putting the Garden To Bed day. As the rain poured down on my muddy overalls and big winter coat, I flexed my cold-slowed fingers and wondered how an entire growing season had passed since the skies were last dark like this and the soil bare, way back in May...

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Exploring Water and Agriculture in the Mission Valley
October 13, 2016
By CORY FRONING and JULIA GOODHART

It has been a wild few weeks! The L&L students have been on some wonderful adventures recently, and we’ll try to catch you up with everything!  After an awesome day chopping and hauling firewood with community members to ensure everyone has plenty of wood for the winter, we left our beautiful homestead to live and learn on the other side of the Mission mountains for five days.

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Getting To Know Our Watershed
September 23, 2016
By JULIA GOODHART

After our venture into the Bob Marshall, we plunged headlong into the first few days of our Watershed Dynamics and...

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Beck Creek Garden CSA Dinner
September 12, 2016
By CORY FRONING

When I remember yesterday’s CSA dinner, the memory isn’t my own, but rather it’s drawn from the brain of a third person; sitting in the clouds, peering out over the Missions, into the belly of the Swan, zooming in on a tiny patch of sunflowers and zucchini...

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Backpacking in the Swan
September 12, 2016
By JULIA GOODHART

This past week, the Landscape & Livelihood students ventured into the Swan Mountains for a five-day backpacking trip.  We camped on the quiet shores of Sapphire Lake, and climbed...

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Meet Landscape & Livelihood 2016!
September 9, 2016
By JULIA GOODHART and CORY FRONING

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Hello, hello from the Beck Homestead!
September 2, 2016
By CORY FRONING and JULIA GOODHART

Sunflower blossoms, the first fall frost, and Landscape & Livelihood students have finally  arrived! It’s hard to believe that we have already waved goodbye to 8 CSA shares and a bountiful huckleberry season, but sunny temperate days and chilly nights are making for a seamless transition into an autumn full of learning...

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Flammulated Owl Surveys
July 18, 2016
By JULIA GOODHART and LUKE LAMAR


In June, Swan Valley Connections was contracted by the U.S. Forest Service to conduct flammulated owl surveys at several sites on the Flathead National Forest in the Swan Valley, Tally Lake area, and near the South Fork of the Flathead River...

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WiW Goes Camping Part II: People Predators, and Perspectives
June 29, 2016
By SARAH ROY

The second part of our big camping trip focused mainly on Grizzly bears and wolves and how they fit into the landscape here in Montana. We not only studied the ecology of these animals and their movements, but more importantly we focused in on how these creatures interact with people...

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WiW Goes Camping Part I: Exploring Aquatics
June 27, 2016
By SARAH ROY

We started off our big camping trip with some hands-on aquatic activities. Instructor Andrea Stephens took all of us to see how culverts can affect the connectivity of fish populations...

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Wilderness Volunteer Trail Clearing
June 20, 2016
By LUKE LAMAR

On Saturday, June 18, volunteers joined forces with SVC's backcountry trail stewards, Christian Mascho and Nathan Noble, to help clear some of the Lower Hemlock Lake trail...

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Why should I care about fish?
June 13, 2016
By SARAH ROY

Here in the Swan Valley, this is the resounding question. It is one of the top conservation concerns for biologists, but seems to be one of the least addressed questions in the general public...

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Bear Fair Highlights
June 10, 2016
By SARA HALM and LUKE LAMAR

For eight years Swan Valley Bear Resources (SVBR) has served the upper Swan Valley community, offering various resources for residents to reduce the chance of bear conflict and promote coexistence. One of these resources are education and outreach events...

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Beck Creek Garden Update
June 6, 2016
By CORY FRONING

It’s hard to believe I’ve already been back in the Swan Valley for an entire month. I am so grateful to have been welcomed back into this community with open arms...

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Grizzly Bears and Whitebark Pine Ecology
May 31, 2016
By SARAH ROY

For the past few days, the students have been focusing on grizzly bear ecology. Everything from where they live, to what they eat, to how their bodies react physiologically while in hibernation…

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Meet Wildlife in the West '16
May 25, 2016
By SARAH ROY

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Carnivore Monitoring Continues
February 8, 2016
By EMILY McCALL

The carnivore monitoring season continues! Interns and staff are mourning our fellow intern Sophie’s return to school at the end of her winter break, but Josh and Emily continue to learn the arts of tracking...

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Interns @ Swan Valley Connections
January 18, 2016
By JOSH BLOUIN

Happy New Year from the interns here at Swan Valley Connections...

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