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By Rick Graetz
The University of Montana 

Montana east of the mountains

A celebration of an uncommon landscape


November 25, 2022

Rick Graetz

Powder River, near Miles City



Plenty of space, minimal human activity and protected lands ensure thriving wildlife and waterfowl population.

Together, Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, tucked in Montana's northeast corner and Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge out of Malta make a home for more than 200,000 ducks and geese, as well as lake pelicans. Other havens, such as Half-Breed National Wildlife Refuge at Rapelje, Freezeout Lake near Choteau and War Horse Lake National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Winnett, also attract migratory congregations.

Then there is one of America's extraordinar...

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