Seeley Swan High School Discovery Days

Learning about beaver ecosystems with Jennifer Schoonen

Story and photo by Jean Pocha, Pathfinder staff.  OVANDO – With the sound of wolves yipping and woodpeckers hammering away, the SSHS Discovery Days began in Mollett Park on the Blackfoot Challenge Community Conservation Area (BCCA) May 25. Students arrived by school bus to the open grassland area with wetlands and forest skirting the sides. […]

Pesticides and Pollinators

bee pollinating a flower

By Karen Laitala, Vegetation Coordinator Though we live dramatically different lifestyles, my oldest sister who resides in a subdivision in a north Texas city and I, the Montana “country living” member of our family, share a love of bees and an appreciation for pollinators. I think this mutual admiration may have originated with our love […]

Honoring the conservation legacy of George Hirschenberger

The Blackfoot Challenge lost a great friend, ardent conservationist, and longtime board member with the recent passing of George Hirschenberger. An active participant in the Challenge for more than 30 years, George brought humor, humility, passion, and an exceptional ability to collaborate with a broad spectrum of people to the Blackfoot watershed’s conservation efforts. His […]

Bears visiting the classroom

Story and photo by Jean Pocha, Pathfinder staff.  OVANDO – “There’s three kinds of bears in Montana, black, brown and very, very brown,” chimed a young student at the Ovando School when asked how many bears live in Montana during a “Bear Necessities” presentation.  Students in both the Little Room, kindergarten through third grade, and […]

Regenerative Ranching in the Blackfoot: An Evening with the Mannix Family Ranch

The Mannix Family has lived and ranched in the Blackfoot watershed’s Helmville Valley for five (going on six) generations. Join us for an evening with members of the Mannix Family as they share how they approach managing land and livestock in such a way that both their operation and the ecosystem can flourish. Family members […]

Winter Drought Resilience Webinar Series​

This winter, please join us for a series of Webinars on Drought Resiliency in Ranching. It is no secret that 2021 was a devastating drought across the state of Montana. It is also inevitable that we will see other drought seasons of this magnitude in the coming years. Presentations this winter will focus on measures […]

49th Annual Powell County Livestock Seminar this Saturday

Featuring a discussion on electric fence and drive-over mats by Blackfoot Challenge Board Chair Jim Stone and Wildlife Coordinator Eric Graham. The event is free and concludes with a social at Mount Powell Tap Room from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Seminar participants receive $1 off pints. For more information, contact NRCS District Conservationist and Blackfoot […]

Blackfoot River Recreation Use Study

In 2020, FWP continued and expanded a 14-year program of monitoring recreation use on the Blackfoot River. 2020 was a unique year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Record numbers of vehicles, people, and boats were recorded. In-person surveys were not conducted due to safety protocols and COVID-19. The basis of monitoring efforts included traffic counters […]