A tale of two Falls

Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park. Photo by Chris Peterson

An article in the Hungry Horse News by Chris Peterson begins… The hike to St. Mary and Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park has always been one of the most popular strolls in the park. But in the aftermath of the Reynold’s Creek Fire of 2015, the landscape is even now more dramatic. Gone is the dense forest that once greeted visitors. Now the landscape has open views of the surrounding peaks through the skeletons of roasted trees. Mats of wildflowers bloom in the burned woods and while one might think such a landscape would be void of bird life, just the opposite is true. The woods teem with summer species, including mountain bluebirds, various woodpeckers, as well as several different warblers and thrushes. Read the full story here.

By the way, starting at 7PM Chris Peterson will be making a presentation before the August 6th NFLA meeting at Sondreson Hall. Get all of the NFLA events for the summer from their calendar.

Invasive mussels don’t stand a chance against canine noses

Tobias, a service dog, and his handler Ky Zimmerman search a boat for invasive mussels during a demonstration last week. Boat inspection stations in Glacier Park and the Flathead Valley will have their first mussel-sniffing dog unit this summer. From the Hungry Horse News

The Hungry Horse News reports that boat inspection stations in the Flathead Valley and surrounding areas will have three new furry creatures helping detect aquatic invasive species this summer. The Flathead Basin Commission has trained three dogs to detect mussels on boats to form its first K-9 Unit. The tiny zebra and quagga mussels aren’t in Montana yet, but if introduced they would cause millions of dollars in damage and adversely impact the ecology of lakes in the region, basin officials note. Read the full story here.

Bumble Bee Watch

The Flathead National Forest Facebook page says… if planting pollinator habitat isn’t your thing, there are other ways to help pollinators. Hiking in the woods and taking photos of our charismatic micro-fauna can help identify species and their range in North America. Submit your sightings to http://www.bumblebeewatch.org/. Don’t let the Canadian origin deter you. Many sightings are within the U.S.

From bumblebeewatch.org

Quickie Walk

We went on a quick hike this afternoon and were astounded by the beauty of the wildflowers right now, especially the Indian Paintbrush.

Indian Paintbrush

We also saw something on a larch snag that we had never seen before; a sign saying that the tree was reserved for wildlife so don’t be cutting it down. Good for the Forest Service.

Don't cut that tree

A.L.E.R.T. Access – Emergency Transport Membership

We heard about this at the NFLA Business meeting earlier this month, so we thought we would provide the information for folks who might want to join…

A.L.E.R.T helicopter

KRMC offers an A.L.E.R.T. Access membership program that provides members with helicopter emergency air transport. This program is designed for individuals and families that have medical insurance coverage, and would like to be a part of the A.L.E.R.T. family. Once you are a member, if A.L.E.R.T is dispatched by our normal means, and provides air transportation in our helicopter, you will not experience any out of pocket expenses related to the flight. All costs above and beyond what your insurance would pay will be taken care of by your membership. Continue reading

Events from the Glacier Institute

Glacier Institute sent in the following events…

Expo day for our Student Invasive Species Symposium
The Glacier Institute is hosting an expo day for our Student Invasive Species Symposium. Come see these wonderful teen students present what they have learned in our week-long symposium. BBQ lunch will be provided. RSVP at 406-755-1211 or email: register@glacierinstitute.org.
Date of Event: June 25, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 pm
Where: Big Creek Outdoor Education Center
6500 North Fork Road
Polebridge, MT 59928 Continue reading