The common muskrat is found in wetlands, rivers and streams in the Gallatin Valley. A member of the mouse and rat family, the common muskrat has dense brown fur and a silver belly. Muskrat are typically 10 inches tall and up to 24 inches in length. They have partially webbed hind feet, which…

The mallard is common and widespread throughout Montana and is one of the most frequently seen duck species in North America. Large numbers of mallards congregate on ponds throughout the Gallatin Valley, but also appear on large rivers and small streams.

Beargrass, also known as “Indian Basket Grass,” is a tall, flowering plant that blossoms in July and August.

The western rattlesnake is the only poisonous snake species found in the Rocky Mountain region. The western rattler has retractable fangs that deliver blood-altering venom. Bites are typically painful, but rarely fatal.