UM Flathead Lake Biological Station Open House to Feature Invasive Mussel Detection Dogs, Monte

July 27, 2017

UM mascot Monte helps Flathead Lake Biological Station scientists study Flathead Lake. POLSON – The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station invites the public to a free open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Participants can explore the station and learn about its extensive research and education programs. This year’s event features boat trips, as well as displays about FLBS science; Flathead Lake and its watershed; stream, pond and lake creatures; animal hides and skulls; and aquatic invasive species. The event also is an opportunity to meet and talk with FLBS researchers and scientists about their work.

The open house also will feature a few special guests. Aquatic invasive species detection dogs that currently serve at Montana’s watercraft inspection stations will show off their skills and sensitive noses during presentations scheduled for every half-hour throughout the afternoon. UM’s beloved mascot, Monte, also will entertain with his acrobatic antics from 1 to 2 p.m.  

Denver Holt, owl researcher and founder of the Owl Research Institute, will present “Owls in Montana” at 2:15 p.m. Bierman Professor of Ecology and FLBS Director Jim Elser will give a presentation titled “State of the Lake, State of the Station” at 3:30 p.m. 

Research boat tours take place at 1:10, 1:45, 2:20, 2:55, 3:30 and 4:05 p.m. Participants will need to reserve their space on the boat by picking up a free ticket when they arrive at the open house. Nature walks and guided station tours are slated for 1:45 and 4 p.m. 

FLBS 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 Yellow Bay State Park. For more information visit, or call 406-982-3301.

Contact: UM Flathead Lake Biological Station, 406-982-3301,