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The Perils of Procrastination

Do you often put off until tomorrow tasks that you should do today? I know I am guilty of deferring actions until a later date when it would be in my best interests to just “do it” now. However, I procrastinate, avoiding action, hoping a task or problem will just “go away”. It seldom does. Avoidance often makes the situation worse.

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Rarer Than Diamonds - Yogo Sapphires Of Montana

Brilliant, beautiful and highly prized, the Yogo sapphire is the most precious gemstone mined in the United States and is an official gemstone of Montana. Breathtaking to behold, the Yogo sapphire is found only in Montana.

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Grasshopper Glacier

Montana is home to an amazing and fascinating natural phenomenon: Grasshopper Glacier. Near Cooke City, Montana, in the heart of the Beartooth Mountain Range, Grasshopper Glacier is named for the millions of grasshoppers entombed within the lower fringes of its ice.

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Black Billed Magpies - The Noisiest Bird In The West

For many years I believed that the Black Billed Magpie was the Montana State bird. I was wrong, our state bird is the Meadow Lark. However, the opportunist and rather aggressive Black Billed Magpie is an icon of the American West and a welcome resident of Montana. Perhaps it should be our state bird. Like true Montanans, the magpie doesn’t flee to sunny climes to escape the winter wind, but hunkers down and rides out the storms.

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Indian Tribes of Montana - A Proud Heritage

The first people to inhabit the area now known as Montana were members of nomadic tribes that supplemented their diets with native plants and sustained their existence by hunting buffalo and other mammals. Following the buffalo herds, these first people crossed the Bering Strait from Asia approximately 12,000 years ago and over time migrated southward. Archaeologists have verified evidence of a thriving tribal culture established west of the Rocky Mountains more than 9,000 years ago.

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Wild Turkeys Of Montana

Watching a flock of wild turkey move across a Montana meadow is a fine sight. They forage, yelp and gobble, oblivious to the plight of millions of their domesticated brothers doomed to grace holiday tables. If you are a wild turkey living in Montana, it is highly unlikely that you will ever wind up in the oven.

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Digging For Dinosaurs

Montana is a paleontologist’s paradise and famous worldwide for its wealth of dinosaur fossils. Scientists, consumed with a passion to understand the history of life on earth, have discovered over seventy-five different species of dinosaurs in Montana. More dinosaurs have been discovered in Montana than in any other state in the Union.

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Storied Stones - Prehistoric Rock Art of Montana

Cave walls and cliff faces bear witness to the travels, hunts and brave deeds of prehistoric hunters and their historic American Indian counterparts that inhabited the caves sporadically for a period of nearly 10,000 years. These early residents of Montana left behind a rich legacy of artifacts and painted images that many feel have magical significance; evocative and mystical, they fire our imagination and connect us with our past.

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Power Stones - Montana Moss Agates

Since biblical times agates have been considered power stones, talismans of protection and healing energy. The agates found in Montana are no exception. Native Americans believed the intriguing stone told stories from the earth mother and provided protection. It was the stone of warriors. Montana Moss Agate is considered by many to be the most powerful of all agates and is said to ward off storms.

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Using A Metal Detector To Search For Gold

Metal detecting is great exercise, another reason to be outdoors and often a financially rewarding pursuit. If you are new to treasure hunting or thinking of becoming a detectorist, I hope you will find these tips and guidelines useful.

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The Ancient Art Of Dowsing

Is it possible that certain people can discover water, minerals or oil hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the Earth simply by using their mind? Since biblical times, dowsers have claimed they can find water, buried treasure or hidden objects by using only their senses and a twig.

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Beavers In Montana

Have you ever seen a 100 pound wet rat? The first time I spotted a large male beaver on Cedar Creek, (Mineral County, Montana) that’s exactly what I thought it was. I looked again, perhaps the gangly creature waddling down the bank was a bear cub. My next thought was, where is Mama Bear?

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Winter Hazards - Be Prepared

Winter storms are the most life-threatening of any natural hazard Montanans face. Accurate statistics on winter related deaths are hard to tally, however Montana has one of the highest cold weather related death counts in the nation. Numerous people succumb to hypothermia due to extended exposure to the cold, traffic accidents on icy, snow covered roads, heart attacks from overexertion and avalanche activity.

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Magnificent Trumpeter Swans

Magnificent and regal, the snow-white Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) is a spectacular sight. Trumpeter Swans belong to the avian order Anseriformes, family Anatida, along with ducks and geese. Flaunting a wingspan of over seven feet and a height of four feet, the Trumpeter Swan is the largest native waterfowl species not only in Montana but in all of North America.

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Woodpeckers of Montana

If you spend time in the woods of Montana, you are undoubtedly familiar with the rhythmic rat-tat-tat of the woodpecker as it chisels its beak into the bark of a tree. Their familiar drum rolls are heard most often in the spring but are common all year long.

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