Ever wonder on a cold, snowy winter day what fish are doing under the ice? The short answer is: about the same as the rest of the year. They breathe, eat and try to avoid being eaten. There are, however, some differences in winter. First, it’s important to remember that freshwater fish like reptiles and amphibians are coldblooded. (Scientists prefer the more precise word, poikilotherms, but we’ll forgive them.) That means their body temperatures are controlled through external means, in this case, water temperature. They do not maintain a constant body temperature like us mammals. Close to 80 percent of human energy goes towards heating our bodies to a stable temperature. For fish, this is not an advantage. For one reason, their source of food, often insect based, is limited in the winter. In Montana, the winter temperature of water that doesn’t freeze usually is in the 30s or low 40s. To raise an organism’s body temperature to 98.6 in that cold environment … [Read more...] about Tales and Trails: What are the fish doing these days?
WHIP Council meets on Feb. 5 The Montana Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program advisory council, or WHIP, will meet at Montana WILD in Helena, 2668 Broadwater Ave., at 9 a.m. on Feb. 5. The council will be meeting to discuss program administration and make funding recommendations to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for grant applications submitted in December. A public comment period is scheduled for the afternoon session. WHIP was established during the 2017 Legislature to set aside up to $2 million of federal Pittman-Robertson funding for the purpose of Wildlife habitat restoration work in the form of noxious weed management. Public comment sought regarding stocking reservoirs FWP is currently seeking public comment on a proposal to stock fish in two Petroleum County reservoirs. Woods Place and Stormwind, the two reservoirs, are located on public land and have not been stocked previously. The proposals are in two draft Environmental Assessments. The draft EAs are … [Read more...] about Outdoors briefs: Register now for hunter education courses
Comments needed on Upper Clark Fork conservation easement Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for public input on its proposal to accept the public hunting access component of a conservation easement on the Buxbaum-Boulder Creek Ranch between Drummond and Philipsburg. This ranch, measured at 1,193 acres, includes native grasslands, wetlands, aspen stands and forested draws. Under the proposal, Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT) would purchase a conservation easement on the ranch to permanently protect the property's wildlife habitat and conservation values. FVLT would then assign FWP the portion of the easement that provides for public hunting access. Funding for the conservation easement would come from the Montana Department of Justice Natural Resource Damage Program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. No FWP funds would be used in acquiring the easement. The easement would protect big game winter range, a variety of habitats for nongame … [Read more...] about Outdoors briefs: Conservation easement needs your input
Open water fishing contests proposed, comments wanted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests proposed for the 2019 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Applications for contests may be approved, approved with conditions or denied by the FWP Fisheries Division in Helena. Any conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts and/or require additional access site maintenance when needed. Information on the contests can be found online at fwp.mt.gov/fish/whereToFish/contests/. You can also call 406-444-2449. Comments must be received by Jan. 25, 2019. Comments can be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to [email protected] Proposed fishing contests for Region 4 and 6 are as follows: Region 4 May 17-19: Fort Benton … [Read more...] about Outdoors briefs: Public comments needed for fishing contests
This photo was taken by Tribune reporter Kristen Inbody. Do you know where it is? Identifications should be specific, such as naming one of the features in the photo or giving a specific location. Send in your guess by 3 p.m. on Friday. Please include your name and address with your guess for drawings on prizes. Email your guess to [email protected] or fax them to 791-1431. Or send it to: "Can you find it? Guesses are not accepted over the phone. LAST WEEK: This tree is located out in Fort Shaw, on personal property sitting on Highway 200. A couple people have noted that this is a memory tree at Joyce St. Pierre's home. Joyce writes names of those who have passed away on the bulbs. Anyone is free to add a name to a bulb. Every guess that came in was correct. The winner selected this week for a prize is Kate Thielman of Sun River. Best of luck this week! … [Read more...] about Can you find it?