Science & History Week

Promo image for Science & History Day has four photos showing burned landscape, people looking up at night sky, a Canada lynx, and tipis.
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 13 through Thursday, September 16, 2021 we will host a special presentation each day from noon to 12:45 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 13, 2021

Title: More Humans and Bigger Fires: How are Waterton's Plant Communities Responding?
Time: 12 noon to 12:45 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Jenny McCune, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge
Presentation Description: Waterton Lakes National Park is known for the beauty and diversity of its plants. We tend to think of plants as a green background that never changes, but plant communities are constantly changing. This talk will explore how Waterton's plants have responded to increased recreation since the 1990s and to the Kenow Wildfire of 2017.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Title: Waterton-Glacier International Dark Sky Park
Time: 12 noon to 12:45 p.m.
Presenters: Iree Wheeler, PhD Candidate, Utah State University; Ashley Wruth, Visitor Experience Product Development Officer, Waterton Lakes National Park; Mark Biel, Wildlife Biologist, Glacier National Park

Presentation Description: This presentation will discuss the efforts to protect night sky resources in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The Peace Park became the first transboundary dark sky park certified by the International Dark Sky Association.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Title: Canada Lynx in Glacier National Park
Time: 12 noon to 12:45 p.m.
Presenter: Alissa Anderson, MS Candidate, Washington State University
Presentation Description: Alissa will discuss initial results and an overview of the study on Canada lynx distribution across Glacier National Park. While focusing on lynx, this study also collects data on other wildlife species. Preliminary results regarding recreation impacts on wildlife activity patterns will also be shared.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Title: Supporting Indigenous-led Conservation and Restoration, and Indigenous Engagement from Paahtómahksikimi/Waterton Lakes National Park
Time: 12 noon to 12:45 p.m.
Presenters: Kimberly Pearson, Nature Legacy Ecosystem Scientist, Waterton Lakes National Park; Carleigh Grier-Steward, Knowledge Weaver, Waterton Lakes National Park; Joseph Many Fingers, Indigenous Liaison Officer, Waterton Lakes National Park

Presentation Description: Collaborating on Indigenous-led conservation initiatives, respecting Indigenous ways of knowing, and engaging meaningfully with Indigenous communities are keys to moving positively ahead together. Carleigh, Joseph, and Kimberly will share examples of how Waterton Lakes National Park is demonstrating leadership in these areas.
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Last updated: September 9, 2021