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Flathead trout group fundraiser Saturday

Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited will hold its annual fundraising banquet Saturday at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish. The festivities will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include the raffle of a 14-foot self-bailing raft, bucket raffles, silent and live auctions featuring local artwork, fly rods and reels, fishing trips, and other items. Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner. Call (406) 250-5064 or (406) 260-1198 for tickets or more information.

Birdwatchers, moms invited to Smurfit-Stone

Bring Mom and the rest of the family to Smurfit-Stone Container to see migrating waterfowl and shorebirds on Mother's Day. Meet in the middle of the University of Montana Adams Center parking lot at 8 a.m. Sunday or at the main gate of the mill at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Larry Weeks at 549-5632. This full-day trip is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Five Valleys Audubon.

Australian bird presentation Monday

The Five Valleys Audubon also will present a program on the birds of Australia with Paul Loehnen at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Gallagher Business Building, Room L14 (lower level) on the University of Montana campus. A retired physician originally from South Africa, Loehnen has been an active birder for 10 years.

Naturalist to give Glacier wilderness talk

Naturalist Bill Schustrom will present a program about Glacier National Park's wilderness at Flathead Audubon's annual meeting Monday. The meeting will be held at the Whitefish Community Foundation Center, 121 Second St., starting with a potluck at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for silent auction items.

Schustrom has worked during the summers as the park's naturalist/interpreter for 23 years.

FWP citizen advisory group to meet Tuesday

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Region 2 Citizen Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Missoula's FWP office, 3201 Spurgin Road.

The 16-member volunteer group meets quarterly to advise FWP on programs and activities. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 542-5500.

‘Chasing the Light' next for Mission Audubon

POLSON - From Glacier National Park to Yellowstone, and the Mission Valley to the Rocky Mountain Front, Polson photographer Jay Cross pursues "perfect light" for his landscape and wildlife photographs.

He'll present "Chasing the Light" as the next Mission Mountain Audubon program at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Polson City Library meeting room.

It's free, and everyone is welcome.

Cross's new images include ones from a recent journey to capture one of nature's great spectacles, the gathering of snow geese at Freezeout Lake.

Cross will also offer framed and matted prints of his works for sale, with 10 percent of the take going to the local Audubon chapter.

Birdwatching classes offered in Whitefish

Flathead Audubon will offer a free two-part "Introduction to Birdwatching for Families" class in Whitefish on May 13 and 15. Ashley Ford will present the basics of bird identification for kids and their parents at the Whitefish Public Library meeting room on Thursday, May 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. Leo Keane will lead a follow-up field trip on Saturday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at The Springs assisted living facility parking lot. To get to The Springs, turn south off Highway 93 at the hospital entrance.

For more information, call Jill Fanning at (406) 862-8070.

The Bitterroot Wildfire Contractors Association will offer a fireline safety class and pack test May 15. The pack test will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Corvallis High School track, with the class following at 10 a.m. at 748 Bass Lane. Participants must provide a 45-pound pack for the test. The cost of the class and the arduous/moderate pack test is $80. For more information and a list of scheduled classes, call 523-7887 or visit


Join the Watershed Education Network for its family fundraiser on May 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Caras Park. The Mayfly Fling will feature live music from Party Trained, Butter and Wartime Blues as well as food and family-style fun activities including fly casting, ring toss, bull trout game, poetry writing led by Sheryl Noethe, sketching with Bethann Garramon and a groundwater demonstration. There will be beer and wine for adults, and a raffle.

WEN will showcase its educational programs that provide classroom support and field trips to rivers and streams for Montana students of all ages. To learn more visit


Officials at Glacier National Park have announced a three-week project to resurface 14.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the Apgar Transit intersection to the Avalanche Campground area. The work is scheduled to take place between May 17 and June 5, weather permitting. No work will take place during the Memorial Day weekend. An overlay of asphalt will be applied to the road. Visitors should expect about a 15- to 30- minute delay while traveling that length of the Sun Road. Information on current park road conditions is available by calling 5-1-1 or 1-800-226-7623 or at


Students can register online for a bowhunter education class planned for Stevensville in May. Classes will be held May 19 and 20 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each evening with the field course and final test May 22. To register, go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website at and follow links to "Education" and "Hunter Education."

Montana also offers online bowhunter education classes for anyone 18 years and older. Although a lot of the coursework is completed online, students must complete a field day to receive their certification card. Missoula field days for online students are scheduled for May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and June 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students can find out more about the online class and register for a field day at There is a $20 fee for the online course.


Missoula Children and Nature will host a free program May 22 to help families find new and fun things to do outside together as well as a training workshop for summer camp program providers.

The family event will start with a free lunch and an opportunity to meet with a variety of summer program providers from the Missoula region. At 1:30 p.m. the Missoula Children's Theatre will offer a free showing of their new traveling performance, "Where is the Great Outdoors?"

Program providers and people who volunteer for youth organizations are invited to participate in a morning training at MCT, 200 N. Adams, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mary McCourt from the Missoula City-County Health Department will lead the keynote session followed by sessions that help providers learn how to incorporate more nature-based activities into their programming.  Registration information can be found at Families who would like to share in the free lunch are asked to contact McCourt at the 258-3895 or Program providers who would like to attend the training or share their program information at the Summer Camp Fair should contact Missoula Parks and Recreation to reserve a space.


The Second Annual Back Country Horsemen's Packing & Equestrian Skills Expo will take place May 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Missoula Equestrian Park, 3500 North Ave. W. All events are free and open to the public.

Activities will include the Nine Mile Pack String, Cowboy Mounted Shooting and a Parade of Breeds as well demonstrations on riding skills, horse handling and safety, and packing with Smoke Elser. There also will be informational booths for backcountry feeding, saddle fitting, human first aid and "Leave No Trace" camping. A Kids' Tent will provide activities throughout the day. For more information call 531-2455.


Online registration is open for the fifth annual 2010 Bitterroot Classic Triathlon to be held Aug. 28 at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center in Hamilton. The triathlon is a sprint distance race: 750-yard swim (15 laps in Bitterroot Aquatic Center pool), 20k bike and 5k run. The entry fee is $45. There also will be a children's triathlon. Register online at To volunteer on race day, call Barbara at 541-7646.


In celebration of the Glacier National Park's centennial the Glacier Institute is offering special Centennial Series courses in the summer of 2010. The Centennial Series includes the following:

"One Hundred Years of Bears in Many Glacier," June 4-6, $325

"Natural and Cultural History of the Many Glacier Valley," June 14-15, $230

"Riding the Rails," June 30, July 7 and Aug. 11, $100

"Traversing the International Peace Park," July 14-16, $275

"Astronomy & Night Sky Awareness," Aug. 6 and 13, $65

"Astrophotography of Glacier's Night Sky," Aug. 7 and 14, $65

"Glacial Change at Sperry Chalet," Aug. 27-29, $450/$550

"Goats in Glacier," Sept. 2, $65

For more information call (406) 755-1211 or visit


The University of Montana's Extended Learning Services is offering a Crown of the Continent Discovery Tour this summer. Participants will learn from experts about the region and its history, culture, geography and ecology.

The 10-day event includes three days at UM and a seven-day tour of the region, including Glacier National Park during its centennial. It will take place Aug. 9-19. Cost is $2,010, which includes transportation, lodging and most meals. Academic credits are available for an additional fee.

Space is limited and the registration deadline is July 9. To register or for more information, go, call Jessica Carter at 243-6496 or e-mail



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