MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station will showcase raptors, mussel detection dogs and a big, lovable grizzly bear during its free open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.
The biological 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.
The public is invited to explore the station while learning about its research and education programs. This year’s open house features boat trips and displays about FLBS science, particularly Flathead Lake and its watershed. Displays include stream, pond and lake creatures; animal hides and skulls; and aquatic invasive species. There also will be an opportunity to meet and talk with FLBS researchers about their work.
Additionally, UM mascot Monte will entertain participants with his acrobatics and unpredictable antics from 1:30 to 2 p.m.; the Montana Bird Lady and live raptors – Jack the prairie falcon and Hawkeye the rough-legged hawk – will be on hand for presentations at 1, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.; and aquatic invasive species detection dogs Rosebud and Ismay, who serve at Montana’s watercraft inspection stations, will show off their skills and sensitive noses every half hour.
FLBS Director and UM Bierman Professor of Ecology Jim Elser will present “The Future of Science at the Bio Station” at 3:15 p.m.
Research boat cruises will leave shore at 1:10, 1:45, 2:20, 2:55 and 4:05 p.m. Attendees may reserve a space by picking up a ticket at the open house. Nature walks and guided station tours are scheduled for 1:45 and 4 p.m.
Photo: UM mascot Monte helps FLBS scientists study Flathead Lake.