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Public Invited to Fifth Annual Science and History Day

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Date: July 15, 2008
Contact: Norma Sosa, 406-888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials from Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park invite the public to Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day on Tuesday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Bayshore Inn Convention Centre in Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada. The event is free of charge.

Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent Rod Blair commented, "Science and History Day offers an outstanding opportunity for the public to learn about some of the ongoing research in the Peace Park. We welcome everyone to Waterton for this special event."

Glacier National Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright noted, "The peace 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."

Again this year there are four thematic groups: vegetation; aquatic resources; social and cultural research; and wildlife. Within these categories, a wide variety of topics will be covered including: tree ring reconstructions, amphibian tunnels, historic oil discoveries in Waterton, and the relationship between snowshoe hares and lynx. The conference is organized with the first two thematic groups held in the morning and the second two groups held in the afternoon. There will also be a lunch break from noon until 1:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available during breaks.

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.

Over 100 people attended each of the four previous forums. The event alternates between Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks.

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 as a quicklink from www.nps.gov/glac. For more information, call the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at 406-888-5827 or Cyndi Smith, Conservation Biologist at Waterton, at 403-859-5137.

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Jackson Glacier

If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.