Science & History Week

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Join Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park for its Science and History Week webinar series! The Peace Park has jointly hosted an annual Science and History Day since 2004, but in recent years we are doing things a little differently. This fall we will bring a week of live webinars directly to you, wherever you may be!

Beginning Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 29, 2022 we will host a special presentation each day from noon to 12:50 p.m. The series will highlight current research and historical topics related to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Each presentation will give viewers the opportunity to connect with scientists and historians from the Peace Park and get a unique look at archives, insights, and latest findings from Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks.

Each presentation will have its own registration link. Please look at the list of presenters and topics below. Then follow the link associated with the specific presentation you would like to "attend." Once you register, you will receive an email with detailed information on how to join the webinar. If you need additonal information, please contact the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center, Glacier National Park at 406-888-7944 or email us.

Science & History Week Presentation Schedule

Monday, September 26, 2022

Title: The Montana Memory Project: Your Online History Research Resource
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Presenter: Jennifer Birnel, Montana Memory Project Director, Montana State Library
Presentation Description: This presentation will involve showing off the Glacier National Park photos and Superintendent's reports on the Montana Memory Project website. A live demonstration will be provided to orient participants to the website and key search functions for historical images or documentation.

Registration Link: Webinar (

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Title: The Half-moon Hairstreak Butterfly Recovery Project in Waterton Lakes National Park
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Presenters: Dr. James Glasier, Conservation Population Ecologist, Calgary Zoo

Presentation Description: The Half-moon Hairstreak (Satyrium semiluna) is an endangered butterfly with a limited range in Canada. It is found at eight localities in British Columbia and one locality in Alberta. The Alberta locality where Half-moons are found is in Waterton Lakes National Park on the Blakiston Fan, an area of about 3 km2. In collaboration with Parks Canada and the Sperling Lab at the University of Alberta, the Wilder Institute/ Calgary Zoo is working to conserve this endangered butterfly through monitoring its population, removing invasive plants from the fan, assessing habitat, understanding Half-moon natural history, and through conducting genetics work to understand population genetics. This work aims to conserve and protect the Albertan Half-moon Hairstreak population while potentially informing on additional steps that could be taken, such as translocations to reinforce or protect the current population in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Registration Link: Webinar (

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Title: Grizzly Bear Use of Army Cutworm Moth Aggregations in Glacier National Park
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Presenter: Erik Peterson, M.S. Graduate, Washington State University

Presentation Description: Army cutworm moths (Euxoa auxilliaris, ACM), are migratory insects, splitting their annual lifecycle between low elevation plains/basin habitats and high elevation mountain talus slopes. They have a propensity to aggregate in great numbers (like an army) wherever they occur during their annual life cycle. Due to the moths’ colossal aggregating habit, talus slopes where ACMs occur present a food buffet for grizzly bears, much like a huckleberry patch, where they can feed on up to 40,000 moths per day (an equivalent of a 20,000 calorie/day diet). For his thesis, Erik evaluated foraging sites across high elevation talus slopes throughout Glacier and assessed key environmental drivers of grizzly bear foraging to refine predictive habitat modeling and quantify the seasonal importance of ACM’s to grizzly bear diets in the region.
Registration Link: Webinar (

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Title: Digitally Preserving Culturally Modified Trees at Kootenai Brown's Homestead
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Presenters: Dr. Peter Dawson, Head. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary; Edwin Knox, retired Parks Canada Cultural Resource Management Program Lead - Waterton Lakes

Presentation Description: In the study and recording of the Kootenai Brown 1906-1913 homestead/cabin location, the site was found to include numerous "culturally modified aspen trees", including a Joe Cosley tree ...initials "JC", trademark "heart" and "29" (1929). The recording of "Poplar Grove" was made by Doctor Peter Dawson and his team from the University of Calgary Department of Anthropology and Archaeology using 3-D laser photography, as part of a program of digital preservation of Alberta heritage at risk. The effort includes collaboration with Parks Canada, Nature Conservancy Canada, Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association and the Alberta Heritage Conservation group. The original homestead cabin still stands - a feature of the pioneer museum in Pincher Creek.
Registration Link: Webinar (

Last updated: September 13, 2022