It was a cougar conga line, the tracks of six mountain lions in the snow all following the same path until a juniper tree blocked the route. Then the six cats split and went around the tree in separate paths, leaving distinct individual paw prints.
Tiny backpacks carried by mountain plovers that nest in northeastern Montana have given researchers their first glimpse into where the birds travel when they fly south at the end of summer.
It’s a migration that has captured the imagination of a nation, a story of life-threatening challenges, many miles of travel in freezing cold over rugged terrain, driven by dogged, single-minded determination.
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