POLSON – The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station invites the public to a free open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. The station is located 17.5 miles north of Polson and 14 miles south of Bigfork along Highway 35 on the east shore of Flathead Lake.
Participants can explore the station and learn about research and education programs. This year’s open house features boat trips and displays about FLBS science, especially Flathead Lake and its watershed. Displays include stream, pond and lake animals; animal hides and skulls; and aquatic invasive species. This also is an opportunity to meet and talk with FLBS researchers about their work.
Additionally, special guests will be in attendance. UM mascot Monte will entertain with his acrobatics and unpredictable antics from 1:30 to 3 p.m. And new this year, Doug “Butch” MacCarter of Montana Wild Wings Recovery and his twin brother, Don “Buzz,” are bringing live birds, primarily raptors. The MacCarters spent many years at FLBS conducting osprey research.
FLBS Director and Bierman Professor of Ecology Jack Stanford will deliver a presentation on “Threats to the Integrity of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem” at 3:15 p.m.
Research boat tours will depart at 1:05, 1:50, 2:35, 3:20 and 4:05 p.m. Participants can reserve a space on a tour by picking up a ticket during the open house. Guided nature walks will take place at 2:40 and 4:10 p.m.