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 Tuesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 6th, 2023 we will host a special presentation each day from noon to 12:50 p.m MT. 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

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Title: Grasslands in the Crown of the Continent: 20 Years of Change
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. MT
Presenter: Nico Matallana-Mejia, Vegetation Monitoring Program, Glacier National Park; Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University.

Synposis: Millions of visitors come to Glacier Park to photograph its mountains and glaciers, but often in the foreground of their photos are large meadows of native wildflowers. These grasslands contain one third of the park's floral diversity and provide critical habitat for the park's iconic wildlife, however important disturbances like fire and large mammal grazing have been removed or altered, and new disturbances such as human development have been introduced. We report how this has affected the park's grasslands over the past 20+ years, and explore what it might mean that bison, the largest native grazer in North America, have finally returned.
Webinar Registration Link

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023

Title: Iinnii Initiative: Cultural Adaptations to the Blackfeet Buffalo Program
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. MT
Presenter: Termaine Edmo, Climate Change Coordinator, Blackfeet Nation

Synopsis: In 2009, the Iinnii Initiative was launched by leaders of the four tribes that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy (Blackfeet Nation, Kainai Nation, Piikani Nation, and Siksika Nation) to conserve traditional lands, protect Blackfeet culture, and create a home for the buffalo to return to. Join Termaine for an update on this program, focusing on cultural and climate adaptive projects such as harvesting traditional soil amendments, sustainable land usage, and the introduction of fire back into the landscape to regenerate culturally.
Webinar Registration Link

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

Title: The Impact of Wildfires on Watersheds
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. MT
Presenter: Uldis Silins, Forest Hydrology Professor at University of Alberta
Synposis: While wildfires are a natural component of healthy forest ecosystems, they have increased in frequency and severity over the previous two to three decades. This is raising concerns over how wildfires can impact watersheds. Watersheds regulate the amount and timing of flows, water quality, aquatic ecosystem health and downstream water supplies. This presentation will briefly outline the scope and longevity of some of these effects from long-term watershed research after the 2017 Kenow fire and the nearby Lost Creek fire in 2003.

Webinar Registration Link

Friday, October 6th, 2023

Title: Archaeology In Paahtómahksikimi
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. MT
Presenter: Dylan Frank, Cultural Resource Impact Assessment Officer, Waterton Lakes National Park
Synposis: Ever wonder why people choose to live where they do? How researchers stitch together stories of our past through artifacts? Uncover these answers and more with Dylan Frank, an archaeologist from Waterton Lakes National Park (Paahtómahksikimi in the Blackfoot language). Learn about the rich cultural history between humans and nature in this very special place.

Webinar Registration Link

Last updated: October 13, 2023