UM’s Flathead Lake Bio Station to Offer Science, Fun at Annual Open House

July 27, 2018

YELLOW BAY – The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station invites the public to a free open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

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 just north of the Yellow Bay State Park.

Attendees will explore the Bio Station and learn about its cutting-edge research and immersive education programs. Presentations and displays will focus on Flathead Lake and its watershed; stream, pond and lake creatures; animal hides and skulls; and aquatic invasive species. Station staff also will give boat tours aboard the 30-foot research vessel “Jessie B.” at 1:10 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 2:55 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. Tickets for boat tours are available at the open house.

“This is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with FLBS researchers and scientists about their work, all while enjoying an afternoon of sunshine and fun on the shores of Flathead Lake,” said FLBS Assistant Director Tom Bansak.

UM mascot Monte will entertain all with his acrobatic antics from 1 to 2 p.m., and invasive species detection dogs that serve at Montana’s watercraft Inspection stations will show off their impressive sniffing skills. Nature walks and guided tours of the station take place at 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

FLBS Director and Bierman Professor of Ecology Jim Elser will give his “State of the Lake” address at 3:30 p.m., and FLBS stream ecologist Bob Hall will give a presentation titled “Rivers, Chemistry and Beer” at 2:15 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the Flathead Lake Biological Station, visit  or or call 406-982-3301.


Contact: Tom Bansak, assistant director, Flathead Lake Biological Station, 406-982-3301 ext. 229,; Ian Withrow, Flathead Lake Biological Station media/information specialist,