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The United States and its territories are home to over 550 national wildlife refuges that contain over 150 million acres of protected land. No other country offers the sheer variety of natural habitats, flora and fauna that America does. If you wish to visit one of our country’s numerous refuges, chances are very high that one is located within a day’s drive of your home. Whether you want to enjoy a vacation of birding, hiking or photography, there is a national wildlife refuge to suit your every desire. However, some rise to Read the rest of this entry »
On your next vacation to Montana, why not visit some of these state parks?
1. Glacier National Park – Named for the glaciers that have traveled through the area this park has over 700 trails to explore.
2. Yellowstone National Park – Home to Old Faithful, this park preserves the biggest collection of geysers in the world.
3. Bison National Park – See wild bison in their natural habitat in this wildlife reserve.
4. Lewis and Clark Caverns – Take a guided tour through this naturally air-conditioned cavern.
5. Wild Horse Island – This is a great park for wildlife viewing. This freshwater Read the rest of this entry »
When you live in Montana you’ve got more on your mind than home security and your electric bills – there are a lot of creatures living here! If you own land or are just planning a visit to one of the wildest states in the union you’ve got to be aware of some of the area’s native species
Grizzlies – Yes, Grizzly Bears. They’re plentiful here and they can be dangerous but you’re not likely to come across one unless you live in a heavily wooded area. Even black bears can be extremely dangerous so learn how to stay safe.
Buffalo – Buffaloes aren’t likely to charge your vehicle but they can cause quite a nuisance if they get involved with cattle or even dogs. Most buffalo in Montana are contained to farms, though, so you don’t need to worry about them.
Moose – The thing about moose is, they’re dangerous! They wander into streets and charge people even when unprovoked so if you see one nearby the best thing to do is get indoors. Don’t risk getting gored to get a picture!
Montana and three Canadian provinces, share 545 miles of border. The three provinces are, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Because of the new immigration laws and passport requirements, most of the relationship that Montana has with Canada is controlled by the government. It is reported that there are daily discussions, which happens between the state and province, as well as interactions.
Montana and Canada have a long trading relationship. Last year the trades amounted to a staggering 3.7 billion, mostly from energy. Montana depends on Canada for its Read the rest of this entry »
There are seven Indian reservations in Montana. They are all still rich with Indian traditions and culture. You can visit any of these reservations and learn a lot about the similarities and differences of each tribe. If you are lucky enough to visit during a powwow then you will get to see many customs such as traditional dancing and get to taste special foods. The seven Indian Reservations are home to 11 tribes.
The Crow Indian Reservation is the largest in Read the rest of this entry »
Drive anywhere outside Montana-s cities and it won-t take you long to see why this state is often called “big sky country.’ The sky really does seem bigger when you can see miles and miles in any direction you turn or when the only landmarks that interrupt the pristine horizon are the white peaks of the Rocky Mountains or a graceful heard of antelope moving gently through the brush. It isn-t hard to imagine why the first Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you’ve used your Wild Blue Internet in Virginia or you called up a travel agent to plan your Montana trip this fall you’ve got to make sure Bozeman’s on the itinerary. This college town has all the right moves and we’ve got a list of the must-sees when you hit this true American town
Bozeman Hot Springs: They’re just how they sound and it’s hard Read the rest of this entry »
Montana has a varied climate highly dependent on the mountain ranges that crisscross its surface. The eastern half of the state, which is relatively free of mountains and features plains and hills, has a semi-arid continental climate. Pack jeans, shorts and T-shirts with a few light jackets for when the wind picks up in the summer, but beware of the cold winters. Always remember a hat to block out the sun, considering the lack of shade.In the west (where the majority of the mountain ranges are located), the climate depends on the Continental Divide, which blocks the warmer air from the Pacific from moving east and also keeps cooler air from moving west. Thus, the region to the west of the Divide is considered a “modified northern Pacific coast climate.” This climate is characterized by milder winters and cooler summers, meaning that your attire for this region will be fairly similar no matter what the season. Read the rest of this entry »
Like any state, Montana has its share of celebrities. Take a walk through time with us as we look at some of the Montana natives who have burst onto the national scene.Ella J. Knowles Haskell (1860-1911): Haskell was the first female lawyer in Montana, as well as the first female candidate for U.S. state attorney general. In 1896, she was the first Montana woman elected to a political convention, and in her later years she won cases before the U.S. Circuit Court and Supreme Court. Knowles Hall at the University of Montana at Missoula is named for Ms. Haskell.Gary Cooper (1901-1961): Cooper gained fame as a Hollywood Western star and appeared in more than one hundred films. He received two Academy Awards for Best Actor (1941′s Sergeant York and 1952′s High Noon). His reputation lives on to this dayas recently as 2009, Cooper appeared on a commemorative U.S. postage stamp. Read the rest of this entry »