Some Colorful Signs that Summer is Near at the Beartooth Nature Center in Red Lodge, Montana

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Some Colorful Signs that Summer is Near at the Beartooth Nature Center in Red Lodge, Montana

I have been volunteering at the Beartooth Nature Center (BNC) in Red Lodge, Montana for the past two months and I have enjoyed every minute of it.   Not only did I get to learn about all the animals at the BNC but I get to educate the visitors (mainly kids from various schools in Montana and Wyoming) about the animals by assisting with the Education Program and providing private guided tours.

The following are photos I took on June 3, 2010 after I was done volunteering in the morning.

The BNC is also know for having some of the most beautiful flowers in Red Lodge comes summer.  Credit goes to Clare Witcomb and Maureen Booth who are regular volunteers and year after year take care of the flowers and plants at the BNC.   To see some of the results of their labor from last year (summer 2009), check out the following post: Not-So-Wordless Wednesday - Summer at the Beartooth Nature Center  .

Here are some of this year's early blooms which are signs that summer is near at the BNC and that more beautiful flowers are to appear again this year thanks to Clare and Maureen and the team of volunteers that look after the gardens at the BNC.

Bonnie (coyote) enjoying the view of the first blooms at the Beartooth Nature Center

 A colorful tulip bunch.   Bonnie (coyote) can be seen resting in the background in the above photo.

 

Tulips at the Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

 

Poppies at the Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

Don't worry, Bee Happy!   :)

 

Pansies at the Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

The flowers in the background look like purple butterflies.  Don't they?

 

Lupines at the Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

I did some research and these lupines are more commonly known as bluebonnets (the state flower of Texas).  The name may come from the shape of the petals of the flower and their resemblance to the bonnets worn by pioneer women to shield themselves from the sun.

 

Summer is Near at the Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 3, 2010

 

 

You can tell that the animal residents at the BNC are very happy that summer is near.

Peabody (peacock) - Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

Peabody is a very happy peacock at the BNC.  He is seen above fine tuning his announcement that summer is near.

 

Niles (sandhill crane) - Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

Niles (sandhill crane) is excited that summer is near.   He can been seen above doing his happy dance.

 

Lurch (turkey vulture) - Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

Lurch (turkey vulture) is bouncing up and down and spreading his wings to show how happy he is.

 

Yes, signs that summer is near are very much present at the Beartooth Nature Center.

I am very happy to volunteer at the BNC and to get to view the beautiful flowers and the happy residents on a regular basis as well as meet visitors of all ages and be able to show them this amazing place and animal refuge here in Red Lodge, Montana. 

If you are planning to visit Red Lodge (or have a planned trip to Yellowstone National Park) make sure to also add the Beartooth Nature Center to your list of places to see.  You will be amazed at how many interesting animals you will see and observe at close range and get to learn about.  And as mentioned earlier, you will also get to see some of the most beautiful flowers in Red Lodge! 

Here is one more photo of the beautiful flowers to leave you with.

Beartooth Nature Center, Red Lodge, Montana - June 2010

Got MOOSE?    :)

 

Information about the Beartooth Nature Center:

The Beartooth Nature Center advocates the protection of Montana's wildlife and its habitats by receiving and caring for animals that are orphaned, injured or imprinted (habituation to humans) and as a result, unable to be returned to the wild.  The Nature Center provides an opportunity to educate our citizens as to the value of wildlife and its conservation.  It is a non-profit wildlife refuge supported solely by private donations (make a difference in the lives of Montana's wildlife).

All photos and/or written content produced by Gerry Khatchikian. All rights reserved and may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission of Gerry Khatchikian. 

Comments (27)

Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Vegas Bob,

I have acquired a taste for taking unusual photos such as photos that combine two subjects you would not expect to see together in a photo.   It is a coyote that is featured with the tulips in the first photo.  Her name is Bonnie and she has a brother by the name of Clyde but since he tends to be mean to her, he is next door but in a separate enclosure.   I appreciate the feature and I am glad that you visitrd this post.  Why not shoot for the gold?  :)

Jun 04, 2010 01:35 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Myrl,

Thanks.  It is moosely a matter of wishful thinking.  Your wish came true.   :)

Jun 04, 2010 01:37 PM
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Gerry!
Wow...I don't know what I enjoyed more - the gorgeous flowers or the fun birds and animals. Any way you look at it, those are wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!

Jun 04, 2010 03:07 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Paula,

You are welcome.  The BNC is full of interesting birds and animals and these days, gorgeous flowers.  I am glad I got to share some of the pleasant sights of the BNC with the online community.

Jun 04, 2010 06:01 PM
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Gerry - Your photographs are very vibrant and almost feel 3D.

Jun 05, 2010 12:31 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Marc,

What! No comment about the moose?   :)

I does look like Niles is about to come out of the photo.  Careful!  He has long sharp pointy beak!  :)

Jun 05, 2010 05:17 AM
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Gerry - I didn't see him or the one "moose" word in your post as I had been admiring all of your flower and other photos. :)

Jun 05, 2010 11:07 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Those are some GREAT photos, Gerry... I'm betting you're going to be hearing from me for permission to use some of them on the garden club website I maintain.

Jun 05, 2010 12:35 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Marc,

I will admit that the moose took a backstage to the flowers and birds in this post.  But, wait till you see the upcoming Moose Monday photo!   :)

Jun 05, 2010 05:21 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Margaret,

Thanks.  I will be interested to check out the garden club website.  Let me know which flower photos are good candidates for the garden club website.

Jun 05, 2010 05:24 PM
Charlottesville Choice Homes
Keller Williams Realty - Charlottesville, VA

Those are stunning photos.  Thank you for sharing.

Jun 06, 2010 10:45 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Robert,

You are welcome.  Thank you for the positive feedback.

Jun 06, 2010 10:51 AM
geri wehry
RE/MAX Select R.E. - Covington, WA
your agent for life

Gerry,    OMG once again your pictures just capture it all.  I feel like I can reach out and touch those pictures.  Thank you so much for sharing!!  Hope all is good.  ...geri

Jun 06, 2010 01:31 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Geri,

You can touch the flowers but be careful about the birds and the coyote.  They are wild animals!  :)

I appreciate your visit and your words of encouragement.

Jun 06, 2010 02:35 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Gerry, Those photos are beautiful, I know lupine but I didn't know they are the same as bluebonnets!  I guess we learn something new every day:-) I'll bet you are enjoying being a volunteer there, it would be expecially nice with the animals AND the gorgeous flowers!

Jun 08, 2010 04:45 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

These shots are just gorgeous!

Jun 15, 2010 10:00 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Mary,

Thank you for the positive feedback.  We always learn something new every day.  I enjoyed learning about all the animals at the Beartooth Nature Center and as a volunteer, I enjoy even more passing on the information and educating the visitors to the Center.  I love the animals, the gorgeous flowers and working with visitors from different places and of all walks of life but I will admit I enjoy working with the kids (those with inquiring minds) visiting the Center the best!

Jun 16, 2010 06:07 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Debra,

I am glad you dropped by this post and got to enjoy the shots!  ;) 

Jun 16, 2010 06:08 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Gerry and I forgot to say your welcome and keep up the great work!

VB ;-)

Jun 17, 2010 12:37 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Vegas Bob,

Your photos are always a joy to see along with your Happy and Out of this World stories.  You keep up the great work as well!   :)

Jun 17, 2010 07:26 AM