Instructor: Dave Shea
July 8 at 7 a.m.
During this one-day course, we will discuss in detail the ungulates of Glacier National Park, with emphasis on life histories, distribution, habitat requirements, and predator-prey relationships. There are six ungulate species now in the park, and three more that were historically present. Management practices, including possible reintroductions, will also be discussed. Most of the day will be spent driving and hiking in ungulate habitat. We will also talk about flora, geology, birds, and cultural and fire histories along the way, and how these affect ungulate habitats.
Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp.
Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather) The day will start at 7 a.m., with a general overview of Glacier’s ungulates. We will include skulls, horns and antlers, animal track castings, and a slideshow presentation. Depending on restrictions, we may travel up the North Fork River by bus towards Polebridge and take a 2.5mi hike (round-trip) into Hidden Meadow, and also explore deer and elk winter range in Big Prairie. Alternatively, we may drive to the Many Glacier Valley to view mountain sheep and goats on Altyn Peak. The course will wrap up by 4 p.m. and 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. Please bring binoculars, a field notebook, and a camera, if you wish. Your favorite field guides are helpful and if you have a spotting scope, you are welcome to bring it along.
Academic Credit: Please see our ‘2021 Academic Credit’ link on our website to learn about OPI credits for our courses.