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Montana is for lovers.

In an unscientific survey by a popular website, the Big Sky State came in first for the number of romantic residents.

The website StumbleUpon looked at what romantic links its 30 million online users viewed and “liked,” including relationship tips, gift ideas and sweet recipes.

Behind Montana, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Vermont also topped the list for most romantic states.

The least romantic states were Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alaska and Oklahoma.

Natural hero

A Bozeman man will be featured on the public television show “Natural Heroes.”

A young explorer, Gregg Treinish has hiked the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail and became the first man to trek the Andes Mountains without relying on roads.

In 2010, Treinish founded Adventures and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit that pairs adventure athletes across the globe with scientists in need of data from difficult-to-access places.

The nonprofit facilitates relationships between the adventurers and scientists to promote scientific research and conservation, according to a news release. It also engages communities and trains “citizen scientists” to assist in research efforts in the places they live and play.

ASC has backcountry skiers, for example, assisting with efforts to expand a database on elusive wolverines and alpinists documenting how global warming impacts species in high elevations.

A film about Treinish and the nonprofit, “Gregg Treinish: A Moveshake Story,” will be shown during season six of “Natural Heroes” on PBS.

Backyard birding

A Bozeman couple is featured in Bird Watcher's Digest's book “Bird Homes and Habitats.”

When John and Durrae Johanek moved to Bozeman in 1992, their entire property was wide open, save for a few saplings. The couple planted trees, installed water features and more to make their yard bird friendly.

Now, backyard birding highlights have included a northern pygmy owl, red- and white-winged crossbills, sandhill cranes, rufous hummingbirds and Bohemian waxwings.

“We weren't certain what to expect when we moved here, but one morning in our first spring we looked out the kitchen window and saw an adult bald eagle sitting on a fencepost along our driveway. A pair of golden eagles was soaring overhead (we later learned that they nest in the hills behind us) – we were pretty sure we had made a good move,” John says in the book.

Amanda Ricker put a bird on it and called it news – she also watches too much “Portlandia.” Ever see or hear something unusual and wonder, “What's up with that?” Give Ricker ideas for the What's Up column at or 582-2628.

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