Huckleberries are here, and they have always been popular!

An estimated 20,000 gallons of huckleberries were picked on the Flathead National Forest in 1932—fueling a debate over whether or not huckleberries would be a more profitable use of forest land than timber. A hand picking huckleberries off the bush.
The 20th century huck market supported families throughout Northwest Montana, who commonly took working vacations to pick the berries during the summer, selling as many as they could.

It was a livelihood for many during the Great Depression who found themselves out of work.
Their success led the berries to become increasingly associated with Glacier National Park; Kalispell Wholesale Grocery even sold "Glacier Park Brand" huckleberries.
Called nupxamuǂ in Kootenai, apa-oapspi by many Blackfeet, and st̓šá to the Selis-Pend d’Oreille, the sweet berries are a traditional food for indigenous cultures across the west.
The best part? You can pick them in Glacier! Just remember the picking limit in Glacier for all edible fruits & berries is one quart per person per day.

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22 Jun
Are you visiting Glacier this summer? Then you might want to watch this.

Video: A time-lapse of traffic backing up at the West Entrance of Glacier National Park.

Music: Palms Down by Blue Dot Sessions
Accessing Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTTSR) between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm each day requires an Entry Reservation Ticket. But even if you couldn't secure an Entry Ticket, you can still access GTTSR before 6:00 am and after 5:00 pm!
Around 5:00 pm each day, a line of cars eager to get into the park builds up outside the West Glacier Entrance—which you can see in this time-lapse.
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12 May
Plowing crews continue to make progress towards Logan Pass, battling deep snow and inclement weather to prepare Going-to-the-Sun Road for summer.

Image: A bulldozer excavating a snow-covered mountain road, on a snowy day. A bulldozer excavating a snow-covered mountain road, on a sn
But did you know that snow on the road—as imposing as it may be—is just one of the hazards plow crews face? Snow ABOVE the road, and the threat of avalanches, is a tremendous concern.
That's why the park works with @USGS to study avalanche risk each day before plow crews get to work. Avalanche forecasters monitor the high, snow-laden slopes of the Garden Wall in person, and through the use of weather stations and remote sensing.
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11 May
Happy Birthday, Glacier! 🎉🎂 Standing next to their bikes, two cyclists look out over a f
On May 11, 1910, President William Taft signed the bill establishing Glacier National Park; a year that shared headlines with Halley's Comet, the first public radio broadcast, and the first-ever flight over Australia (flown by Harry Houdini).
A lot has happened in the century that's passed since 1910—but even at the venerable age of 111, you look as good as ever, Glacier.
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4 Nov 20
Why do some trees drop their leaves every fall (deciduous), while others hold onto their leaves year-round (evergreen)?

(thread) A snow mountain with trees and a lake in the foreground.
There are tradeoffs between the two strategies. In the winter, leaves are a liability because they vastly increase the surface area of a tree, leading to increased water loss from evaporation and providing more places for snow to accumulate.
On the other hand, having to grow new leaves every year is challenging because leaf growth requires the use of soil nutrients. In nutrient poor soils these will not be available year after year. Leaves also become less efficient at photosynthesis as they age.
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3 Nov 20
When you think of ice, what do you picture? ❄️ A submerged iceberg.
Some ice is obvious—maybe you picture a glacier or a frozen lake—but other ice is much harder to find.
For example, many surfaces in the world around us are porous—able to be penetrated by water. Wood is porous, as are cracks in a mountainside or asphalt in your driveway. We can see the water on the surface, but there can be a lot of water hidden out of sight.
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28 Oct 20
How do animals know when to start preparing for winter?

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It’s not just from memory of years past—even young born that spring, who have never seen a winter, know to start readying. For many animals the answer lies in a part of the brain known as the pineal gland.
The pineal gland, which receives light information from the retina, produces melatonin only when it’s dark. As nights grow longer during the fall, melatonin will accumulate in the bloodstream. The increased melatonin levels trigger a series of changes, including the autumn molt.
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