Instructor: Dave Shea
June 6 at 7 a.m.
During this one-day course, we will discuss in detail the carnivores of Glacier National Park, with emphasis on life histories, habitat requirements, distribution, and predator-prey relationships. The importance and uniqueness of the North Fork Valley of the Flathead River ecosystem, and the return of wolves to the park will be discussed as well. We will spend most of our day driving and hiking in the North Fork Valley. We will also include talks on how the flora, geology, birds, and North Fork cultural and fire histories affect predator habitat.
Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp.
Itinerary (subject to change):
The day will start at 7 a.m. with an overview of Glacier’s carnivores in general, including many skulls, animal track castings, and a slideshow presentation. We will then travel up the North Fork River, by bus, towards Polebridge and take a 2.5mi hike (round-trip) into Hidden Meadow. After a stop at Polebridge Mercantile, will head back to Field Camp and wrap up by 4 p.m. This course will not be cancelled due to weather.
Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water, and snacks for the day.
Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.
Equipment: You will receive a Field Camp gear list once your register. Most importantly are comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, sack lunch, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, with warm layers.
Physical Requirements: Moderate difficulty; on-trail or off-trail hikes up to 3 miles and/or 800 feet elevation gain.
Academic Credit: Please see our ‘2021 Academic Credit’ link on our website to learn about OPI credits for our courses.