Public Invited to Explore UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station This Summer

June 18, 2015

POLSON – Faculty and staff at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station invite the public to explore the research facility during several events this summer.

The station will host two free lectures this month, starting with postdoctoral scientist Shawn Devlin’s talk titled “Modeling Flathead Lake: Using 35 Years of Data to Investigate Climate Change, Nutrient Loading and Trophic Interactions” on Thursday, June 25. Chris Frissell, consulting research ecologist and freshwater conservation biologist, will present a lecture titled “Riparian Forests: Ecosystem Science and the Management of Western Watersheds for Freshwater Resource Protection in the Face of Fire” on Monday, June 29. Both lectures will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Elrod Lecture Hall at FLBS.

On Tuesday, July 14, the station staff will hold an afternoon research cruise to one of the Flathead Lake monitoring sites. The three-hour tour will depart from Flathead Lake Boat Tours in Lakeside at 3:15 p.m. and will feature an overview of the lake’s ecology and the FLBS Research and Monitoring Program. It costs $50 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Research and Monitoring Program. Admission includes appetizers, beverages and music by the band 17 Mile. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Tom Bansak at 406-982-3301 ext. 229.

FLBS will host its annual open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The event, which is free and open to the public, will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the ecology of Flathead Lake and its watershed, as well as the station and its research. Activities this year include tours of the facilities, boat trips on the station’s research vessel, exhibits on recent research and presentations by FLBS scientists.

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. For more information visit or

Contact: Tom Bansak, research scientist/development coordinator, UM Flathead Lake Biological Station, 406-982-3301 ext. 229,