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Amy Grisak

location-pin Great Falls, Montana

Expertise: Birding, Gardening, Butterflies and Bugs, Outdoor Lifestyle, Backyard Wildlife

Amy Grisak

  • Author of Nature Guide to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks and Found Photos of Yellowstone: Yellowstone's History in Tourist and Employee Photos.
  • Board member of the Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon, and hike leader for the Montana State Audubon Conference.
  • Writes for The Farmers' Almanac, Hobby Farms, Horticulture, Rock & Gem, Montana Outdoors, Roadtrippers, Distinctly Montana, and Raised in the West.
  • She is an active member and board member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and has won or placed in the five years she's entered their Excellence in Craft contest for her magazine articles.
  • "Pest Patrol" expert for writing blog posts, as well as creating podcast and video content.


Working for a decade as a sound recordist on natural history programs for National Geographic Television gave freelance writer and author Amy Grisak a deep appreciation for the bird sounds heard throughout the season. Combining this work with decades of gardening experience, which is another one of her favorite writing topics, birds are part of nearly everything she does. Whether she is working in her backyard or hiking the trails of her Montana home, she loves sharing her birding experience with readers.

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Head West to Spot a Lewis’s Woodpecker

When you spot a beautiful woodpecker that doesn’t act like one, there’s a good chance it is the agile and versatile Lewis’s woodpecker.

Costa’s Hummingbird: Jewel of the Desert

Find out what a Costa's hummingbird looks like. Also discover the southwestern range where you can see this tiny yet dramatic bird.

How to Identify and Attract a Bushtit Bird

A bushtit is a tiny gray bird with a long tail. Find out where to look for flocks of tiny, insect-hungry bushtits and how to attract them.