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March 26, 2018
7:00 pm: Winter Speaker Series - John Waller
7:00 pm -
A tradition in the Flathead Valley for decades is the annual Winter Speaker Series, sponsored by Glacier National Park Volunteers Associates (GNPVA).
On the fourth Monday of January, February and March of each year a guest speaker presents subjects of interest related to GNP. The talks, which are free and open to the general public, are presented at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell at 7 pm.
In February (26), Diane Boyd will present “The Journey Home for Montana’s Wolves”. Diane began working with wolves in Montana in 1979, and has followed wolf recovery ever since. She will talk about wolf recovery in Montana and the Rocky Mountains of MT, ID, and WY. Diane is currently the Wolf & Carnivore Specialist for MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Kalispell.
In March (26), John Waller, a wildlife biologist at GNP, will discuss the cats of Glacier National Park.
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March 31, 2018
9:00 am: Bird trip
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join Flathead Audubon for a magical mystery tour of one of the most unique areas in the Flathead Valley on Saturday, March 31 from 9-3 p.m. at the Owen Sowerine Natural Area near Kalispell. Brian Baxter, forester and wildlife researcher, who has taught outdoor educational programs for over 16 years, is the guide. To sign up and get the meeting location, contact Brian Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-291- 2154.
|April 1, 2018||
April 2, 2018
: Sperry Chalet Rebuild Scoping Comments Due
Montana Public Radio reports that there’s one week left to comment on Glacier National Park’s ideas for rebuilding the Sperry Chalet, which partially burned in the Sprague Fire last summer. MTPR spoke with one of the architects on the redesign team about special considerations that arise when rebuilding a National Historic Landmark. Read the full story here.
As Hallas and her team refine their blueprints, the Park is accepting scoping comments through next Monday, April 2.
Scoping comments can be posted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/sperrychalet2018 or in writing to:
Scoping comments must be received by April 2, 2018.
April 3, 2018
5:00 pm: Beer for lookouts
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Northwest Montana Forest Fire Lookout Association at the Backslope Brewing to raise a glass in support for some major rehabilitation work on Huckleberry, Loneman, Mount Brown, Porcupine Ridge and Scalplock Fire Lookouts in Glacier Park. The event is April 3 from 5-8 p.m. through the Backslope’s Community Benefit Night.
April 4, 2018
7:00 pm: The amazing recovery of grizzly bears in Montana
7:00 pm -
April 5, 2018
10:00 am: FWP to Review Trapping Season at Annual Meeting
10:00 am -
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Trappers Association will host an annual meeting in Kalispell on April 7. Regulations and annual harvest information will be presented and discussed. The public is welcome to attend.
What: Annual FWP/MTA Annual Meeting
Where: FWP Region 1 headquarters, 490 N. Meridian, Kalispell
When: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.
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April 12, 2018
12:00 pm: Bird talk
12:00 pm -
The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is celebrating birds and their importance to the ecosystem with a specialpresentation by Glacier National Park wildlifebiologist Lisa Bate and
Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Northwest Montana, on Thursday, April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. as part of its annual brown bag speaker series. This event is free and open to the public.
12:00 pm: Brown Bag: Significance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
12:00 pm -
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April 14, 2018
9:30 am: Native Plants Celebration and Space Saturday At Lone Pine State Park
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host two interpretive programs at Lone Pine State Park on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Saturday morning from 9:30am to 11:30am, enjoy a Native Plants Celebration. Northwest Montana is full of vibrant, healthy plants and this program will help you identify what native flowers would be great on your property. Learn about bloom times, how to identify plants around you, and which native plants are edible.
In the evening, from 9:30pm to 11pm, take part in Lone Pine State Park's first Space Saturday astronomy event. The program includes an interpretive talk, as well as stargazing and telescope observation if the sky is clear. Visitors should dress appropriately for the cooler night temperatures.
Online registration through Lone Pine State Park’s Facebook or Eventbrite is highly recommended, as tickets are limited. Tickets for both events are $6 per person 13 years or older, and free for children 12 & under.
For more information, call the park visitor center at (406) 755-2706 ext. 4 or email email@example.com.
What: Native Plants Celebration; 9:30am to 11:30am
Lone Pine State Park is located 5 miles southwest of Kalispell and offers one of the most vivid views of the valley, 7.5 miles of trails, and a beautiful interpretive center that provides information on living in a wildlife urban interface. Additional amenities include a picnic shelter and a community room, which are both available to rent, as well as a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and an archery range. Furthermore, Lone Pine offers a fantastic variety of educational and interpretive programs.
Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.
A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
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April 18, 2018
5:30 pm: Spring Bear Aware Presentation in Whitefish
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April 23, 2018
5:30 pm: Sperry Chalet Next 100 Years Environmental Assessment Public Meeting
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Glacier, MT – Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet, The Next Hundred Years environmental assessment (EA) and associated documents are available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/SperryChalet2018. The EA will be available for public review for 20 days; comments are due on May 7, 2018.
A public meeting to provide comment on the environmental assessment and ask questions about the project will be held on Monday, April 23 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at Flathead Valley Community College in the Arts and Technology Building, Room 139 in Kalispell, MT.
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to rebuild the Sperry Chalet Dormitory Building that was badly burned in the Sprague Fire in 2017. Specifically, the NPS is proposing to rebuild the Sperry Chalet Dormitory at its original site within the original walls. The design would restore the chalet dormitory reflecting its period of significance (1914-1949). Some critical updates would be included including current building codes where applicable, and improvements to life safety features including seismic bracing and fire resistant materials. The visitor experience would be very similar to what it has been for decades by using as much of the remaining historic fabric, and replicating historic finishes where practicable. Construction would be completed in two phases, proposed for the summers of 2018 and 2019. Cost considerations and other unforeseen events or conditions could affect the construction schedule.
Public scoping was conducted from February 28, 2018 to April 2, 2018 to provide for early public participation, assist with identifying important features of the Sperry Chalet experience, and identify resource issues and concerns. The park received 403 comments; suggestions and concerns raised during scoping were considered in the EA.
Comments can be submitted online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/SperryChalet2018, or sent by mail to Superintendent, Glacier National Park, Attn: Sperry Chalet, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, Montana 59936. The EA may also be requested by calling 406-888-7898.
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April 27, 2018
: Comments are due for proposal to improve safety of the Polebridge River Access Site
To Whom It May Concern,
Please see the attached letter from Hungry Horse-Glacier View District Ranger Robert Davies seeking comments from the public on the district’s proposal to improve safety at the Polebridge River Access Site. Comments should be received no later than April 27, 2018.
April 28, 2018
9:00 am: Spring Tree Planting Event
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
April 29, 2018
10:00 am: Glacier National Park Celebrates Park Rx Day 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Glacier National Park invites community members to discover the healing power of nature by celebrating Park Prescription (Rx) Day, April 29. Park Rx Day is part of National Park Week taking place from April 21 through April 29.
Glacier National Park, in conjunction with the Summit Medical Fitness Center, will host several activities at the Lake McDonald Lodge Parking Area from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on Sunday April 29th. Rangers will be on site to offer free blood pressure screenings and answer questions about the park. Fitness experts from the Summit will provide trekking poles to demo, an outdoor scavenger hunt activity with prizes, and free all natural, organic energy bars made locally at Kalispell Regional Healthcare.
“We are excited to host Park Rx Day here at the park to encourage everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the health benefits our public lands have to offer,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow.
Park Rx Day is a day for people everywhere to take a walk in a park and give themselves the gift of good health.
The growing Park Rx movement has doctors prescribing time in parks for their patients to improve health. Healthcare providers across the country are writing prescriptions for recommended doses of outdoor time and activity.
Getting outside on a regular basis to walk, play, or just relax combats a number of health concerns including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression.
On April 29, there are more than 50 Park Rx Day events taking place in national, state, and local parks across the country. Dozens of partners, including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, local health clinics, the Institute at the Golden Gate, and National Recreation and Parks Association are supporting Park Rx Day events.
10:00 am: Park Rx Day
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Glacier National Park invites community members to discover the healing power of nature by celebrating Park Prescription (Rx) Day on April 29. Park Rx Day is part of National Park Week taking place from April 21 through April 29. Several activities will be held at the Lake McDonald Lodge Parking Area from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 29.
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May 1, 2018
: Hunting Application Deadline - May 1
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