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MONTANA FOLK FESTIVAL puts out call for new and returning volunteers

With just a few short weeks until we hear the first notes of the Montana Folk Festival, more specific needs for volunteers are starting to show. Festival organizers are recruiting new volunteers for the 2019 Festival on July 12, 13 & 14 and updating their database for returning volunteers, too.

"Specific areas where we need help include Backstage Hospitality, Info Booths, and Beverage Ticket Sales.  This year we are especially short on Beverage Servers," said Volunteer Coordinator Brad Rixford. 

"If any of these roles sound interesting, visit the festival web site for more details at:


While there you can also find a link to our online database to sign up or print out a form that can be mailed in, if you prefer.

The Montana Folk Festival will host Volunteer Orientation for all signed up volunteers and any potential volunteers who would still like to sign up at 7 pm on Wednesday July 10 at the Festival Operations Center at 101 E. Park Street in Uptown Butte.

If you have already signed up, been scheduled, or still wish to sign up for a four-hour volunteer shift at the Montana Folk Festival please plan to attend this meeting.

For those new to this opportunity, shifts are four hours although several volunteers often decide to stay longer if they are having fun.  Volunteers signed up for shifts get a free T-shirt and a chance to see the festival unfold from a unique perspective -- from the inside.

For more information on how to volunteer and the different chores still  in need of volunteers, visit or email Volunteer Coordinator Brad Rixford atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To learn more about the upcoming Montana Folk Festival visit or on Facebook at mtfolkfest.

To make a much appreciated contribution to the Montana Folk Festival before the event, too, go to


National Geographic Features MT prairie on 'Yellowstone Live' Project

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Eric Tegethoff

June 25, 2019

BOZEMAN, Montana - An ambitious project from National Geographic is returning to Yellowstone National Park this week, and also will feature Montana's prairie. "Yellowstone Live" is a four-night special from the renowned science organization featuring live crews stationed across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the American Prairie Reserve. 

Daniel Kinka is a wildlife restoration manager with 
American Prairie Reserve. He said the grasslands near the Missouri Breaks often are overlooked, compared with Yellowstone and the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, but the three ecosystems share a lot of connections. 

Kinka thinks it's an honor that National Geographic is putting a spotlight on the prairie.

"The platform that they have to be able to tell good conservation stories is just unparalleled, and so we're very happy to be working with them, but also to be mentioned in the same breath as Yellowstone is really special," Kinka said. "American Prairie Reserve's kind of the third ecosystem in Montana that gets forgotten about."

National Geographic is partnering with the American Prairie Reserve on its Last Wild Places initiative, which aims to conserve wild places that sustain life on Earth and has a goal of protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. Montana's reserve is one of the largest intact grasslands remaining in the world. 

"Yellowstone Live" airs at 7 p.m. Mountain time through Wednesday.

A relocation of prairie dogs to the reserve was featured on Sunday's episode. On Monday, wildlife experts darted one of the reserve's 950 bison and fitted it with a "Bison Cam." Kinka said tonight he will be capturing and collaring burrowing owls.

"It's a very small owl that actually lives in old prairie dog holes," he said. "And so, we've got a burrowing owl expert out here, and he's going to help us capture and then band, so we can ID these burrowing owls going forward. And people will be able to see that live on TV as well."

"Yellowstone Live" also features a look into a beaver den, eagle's nest and footage of newborn elk, cougars and grizzly bears.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - Conditions reported to be so bad, 300 migrant children are moved from a Texas detention center. Also on our Tuesday rundown: Sen. Susan Collins gets a challenge from Maine's House Speaker. Plus, a bill in Congress points to the need for summer meals.




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