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WEST GLACIER, MONT. – “Brown Bag” lunchtime seminars on various topics will continue over the next several months, officials at Glacier National Park announced today. The free presentations are held in the West Glacier Community Building unless noted otherwise. All programs begin at noon unless noted otherwise. The public is invited to these free lunchtime presentations.
“Confessions of a Wildlife Observer”
June 18, noon – 1 p.m.
This entertaining presentation includes stories such as: “ He ended up with a crippling knee infection, hiked 12 miles in his underwear, was mistaken for a grizzly bear and yes, he gathered his fair share of pika poop.” Join photographer, Chris Peterson as he takes a light-hearted look at the natural world as a wildlife observer in Glacier. Peterson is an award-winning photographer and editor. He is currently the photographer and a reporter for the “Hungry Horse News” and is the owner / editor / photographer of “Glacier Park Magazine.” Peterson has been photographing Glacier's flora and fauna for the past 11 years. This show includes photographs of loons, mountain goats, pikas, river otters, and other cool creatures he met along the way (www.glacierparkmagazine.com/).
“Surface Geology and Climate Change”
June 25, noon – 1 p.m.
Note: Held in the Glacier National Park Headquarters Conference Room, West Glacier
Ron Counts, Geomorphologist for the Kentucky Geological Survey, will visit Glacier National Park to perform reconnaissance work for finer-scale surficial geologic mapping in sections of Glacier National Park. For more information go to: http://www.uky.edu/KGS/about/biographies/countsbio.htm .
“2010: Glacier’s Turning 100!”
July 2, noon – 1 p.m.
Help celebrate Glacier National Park’s 100 Birthday! This is a great time to learn about how to get involved in this memorable time in Glacier’s history! Kassandra Hardy, Glacier National Park Centennial Coordinator, will present an update on the numerous events and programs that are being organized by over 60 community members. Find out how to be a part of this Birthday Bash! For information on the Centennial Program go to: www.glaciercentennial.org/.
“Status of the American Pika in Glacier National Park”
July 28, noon – 1 p.m.
Lucas Moyer-Horner has studied pikas in Glacier National Park since 2007. He and his crew are identifying pika habitat and recording pika presence to evaluate the status of pikas in the park. Pikas may be an indicator of mammalian response to climate change in sensitive mountain environments.
“Listening to Sounds of Glacier: Monitoring Natural Sounds in National Parks”
August 4, noon -1 p.m.
This is an introduction to the National Park Service (NPS) Natural Sounds Program, how they monitor sounds and why they are in Glacier National Park. Ericka Pilcher and Emma Lynch are both partners working for the Sounds Program through Colorado State University for the NPS Natural Sounds Program. For more information go to: http://www.nature.nps.gov/naturalsounds/.
“Astronauts & Aliens”
August 18, noon – 1 p.m.
NASA studies life in space by exploring extreme environments here on Earth as well as the planets and moons of our solar system. Come take a journey from the ancient life found in Glacier National Park and the vents of Yellowstone National Park to the nearby stars of our galaxy in the search for extraterrestrial life. Presented by: Joey Shapiro Key, NASA Student Ambassador, Montana State University.