August 2019

Citizen Science & the Crown of the Continent

Rapidly shrinking glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park alarm scientists and visitors to the mountainous 1.013 million-acre park along the Alberta border. In the past half century, more than half of Glacier’s ice pack has disappeared. All the glaciers have retreated. To measure the impacts of a changing climate in the high country, the park

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Woman mountain biking on a dirt trail with a view of trees and mountain peaks in the background.

Ferry County Pedal Fest

1,000 feet. 1,100. 1,200. Applying botanical knowledge and directional abilities more novice than my mountain biking, I was crudely estimating elevation gain on a knee-creaking climb to the Kettle Crest by observing the changing patterns of lupine lining the trail. There were lush clusters at first, proud stands of purple parade goers gustily waving riders

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