Thesis Defense

From the July 6th, 2022 Billings Gazette: At times, finishing my thesis felt like what the the character on the right looks like! The cartoon is the author's depiction of what his recent experience "fighting off" army cutworm moths at his cabin in the woods felt like. During their migration to the Rockies, the … Continue reading Thesis Defense

Honoring Burt Bjorling

Our friend and field technician, Burt Bjorling, passed away in September, shortly after completing his tremendous voluntary contributions to project field operations. Photo: Steven Gnam In the summers of 2019 and 2021 Burt worked in a full-time capacity, step-in-step with project field technicians half his age. All who worked with Burt appreciated his goodwill, … Continue reading Honoring Burt Bjorling

Help us crowdfund for a summer field technician

Are you interested in helping to fund our field research? We've launched an online campaign at to crowdfund $5040 to hire one full-time field technician this summer, our last season of data collection. Our operating budget for the summer will be using carryover funds from 2020 and is insufficient to support a paid field … Continue reading Help us crowdfund for a summer field technician

What is an army cutworm moth & why do grizzlies eat them?

Army cutworm moths (Euxoa auxilliaris, ACM), also commonly called miller moths, are one of a number of cutworm moth species found in North America. The moths are migratory, splitting their annual lifecycle between low elevation plains/basin habitats and high elevation mountain talus slopes. Army cutworm moths possess a 1-2" wing span and are identifiable by … Continue reading What is an army cutworm moth & why do grizzlies eat them?

2019 Field Results

In 2019 our team conducted field research across the transboundary study area from mid-June through September. The vast majority of effort occurred in Glacier. Repeated survey effort in Waterton provided beneficial insights into army cutworm moth use of talus. This was achieved thanks to collaborating-assistance from WLNP staff. Access into Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park in British … Continue reading 2019 Field Results

Illustrated Summary of Project Field Work

Our research performs ground and aerial surveys across the study area to determine army cutworm moth occurrence and grizzly bear use. Technician support focuses on ground surveys, which entail scrambling into survey units to sample randomly-generated survey plots located therein. Typically, this requires technicians spend multiple days safely navigating mountainous terrain and bivouac camping on … Continue reading Illustrated Summary of Project Field Work