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MNHC lecture topic is tribal fire view

The Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., will host a lecture titled "Fire on the Land: A Tribal Perspective" at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Join Tony Harwood, Salish and Kootenai Tribes Fire Management Division manager, for a look at the many ways that the Salish-Kootenai used fire.

The suggested donation is $4 or free for MNHC members.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in conjunction with the exhibit "When the Mountains Roared: The Fire of 1910," opening March 28.

The center's Saturday Kids' Activity for ages 5 and older on March 13 will feature "Rad Reptiles" at 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $2 per child or free for MNHC members.

Flathead Audubon to look at butterflies

The March program of the Flathead Audubon Society will feature a presentation by entomologist Steve Kohler on butterflies of Montana and studies he has done on the plant foods of butterfly larvae.

The program begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of the The Summit, 205 Sunnyview Lane, in Kalispell.

Kohler worked for 33 years with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation until retiring in 2004. He has published several papers on butterfly taxonomy and continues his work on a Montana butterfly book.

Peregrine discussion planned in Polson

Byron Crow will discuss "Peregrine Falcons of Flathead Lake" at the next Mission Mountain Audubon Society meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Polson City Library meeting room.

Crow, a wildlife biologist with the Montana Raptor Institute for Research and Education, will provide an overview of his innovative research with a special focus on the dietary selections of prey species made by the falcons of Flathead Lake.

UM meeting focus is on plant invasions

What birds, spiders and mice tell us about exotic plant invasions will be the topic of a joint meeting of the Montana Native Plant Society and Five Valleys Audubon.

U.S. Forest Service ecologist Dean Pearson, who has studied grasslands for years, will present the program at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Room 123 of the Gallagher Business Building on the University of Montana campus.

Also, UM junior Daniel Venturella will report findings from his study on the effects of an invasive plant on native bee communities. This study was partially funded through a Philip L. Wright Memorial research award from Five Valleys Audubon.

Bitterroot skiing program on agenda

The Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club will present a program on "Adventure Skiing and Backcountry Touring in the Bitterroot Mountains" on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Presbyterian Church.

John Lehrman, skier and manager, will also discuss opportunities at nearby Downing Mountain Lodge.

Lake fishing authority

to talk to TU group

Skip Morris, author and lake fishing authority, will present a free program titled "Fly Fishing Lakes: Top to Bottom" at the Wednesday meeting of Trout Unlimited.

The meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel, 100 Madison St. in Missoula, begins at 6:30 p.m. with fly-tying followed by Morris' program at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Morris will host a clinic on "Fly Fishing Lakes and Tying Lake Flies" at the DoubleTree. The cost is $35 and seating is limited. To reserve a space, e-mail mark@makdirect.net.

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