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2010 Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day August 10

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Date: July 23, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials from Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park invite the public to the 7th annual Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day on Tuesday, August 10 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Bayshore Inn Convention Centre in Waterton Lakes National Park of Alberta, Canada. The event is free-of-charge.

Science and History Day offers an outstanding opportunity for the public to learn about some of the research taking place in the International Peace Park. To commemorate Glacier’s Centennial some of the topics will feature a 100 year perspective. Topics are presented in a non-technical manner, and are grouped into four sessions: entomology and aquatic resources, history, social science and vegetation and wildlife. More than 100 people have attended each of the previous forums. The event alternates between Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks.

Glacier National Park Superintendent Chas Cartright noted, “The spirit and friendship of the peace park is captured in the many cooperative projects carried out in our scientific community. All our speakers do an excellent job of presenting their topics in a non-technical manner.”

Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent Dave McDonough commented, “Science and History Day offers an outstanding opportunity for the public to learn about some of the research initiatives in the International Peace Park. We welcome everyone to Waterton for this special event.”

A wide variety of topics will be covered including: butterflies, histories of search and rescue and of botanical exploration, citizen science and mountain goats, and research on elk and pikas. Refreshments will be available during breaks and there will be a lunch break from noon until 1:15 p.m.

Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units will be available for U.S. teachers who attend this conference. Contact Laura Law, Glacier’s Education Specialist, at 406-888-5837 for more information.

Attendees are reminded that a passport is required for crossing the U.S./Canada border. A detailed agenda is available at visitor centers in Glacier or by contacting the park receptionist in Waterton (waterton.info@pc.gc.ca or 403-859-2224). It is also available online at http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/ccrlc-sciencehistoryday.htm. For more information, call the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at 406-888-5827 or Janice Smith, External Relations at Waterton, at 403-859-5127.

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Did You Know?

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.