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By Jessie Thoreson
Conservation Technician, Swan Valley Connections 

Huckleberry Study in the Swan Valley

 

August 3, 2017

Jennifer Atkinson

Counting huckleberries.

SWAN VALLEY - This summer, Swan Valley Connections is partnering with US Geological Survey and a citizen science organization called EarthWatch Institute to begin a three-year huckleberry research project. Tabitha Graves, the lead USGS Scientist, is looking at the correlation between the effects of climate change and huckleberry productivity in the Swan Valley in the context of grizzly bear habitat.

Fifteen percent of the grizzly bear diet consists of huckleberries. They are an extremely important food source for the bears during the summer when they are putting on fat in preparation for h...



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