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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks oversees management of the state's wildlife.

Presentation on Alaska park tonight

Charlotte Henson, NPS interpretive park ranger will share her latest national park presentation: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. As the largest national park in the United States, it is unknown to many people. Henson will recount her personal experiences in this amazing part of Alaska.

The event is free and open to the public.

Program on AIS in Montana upcoming

Montana Wild will present “Aquatic Invasive Species in Montana” from 6-7 p.m.on Monday, Feb. 11.

Aquatic Invasive Species can have a serious impact on Montana and our way of life. FWP’s AIS specialists will discuss the harmful effects of AIS on Montana’s waterbodies, boating and fishing opportunities and what’s being done to prevent AIS from spreading. Learn about different aquatic invaders, such as zebra mussels and plants like Eurasian watermilfoil.

Learn how to protect Montana’s waters with three easy steps of Clean, Drain and Dry. This program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 406-444-9944.

Montana Wild is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave. (off Euclid/Highway 12).

Program at Montana Wild will explore birds

Explore some of Montana’s Wildlife Refuges and Important Bird Areas with Dan Ellison as your guide Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. Cookies and conversation from 6:30-7 p.m. with the program starting at 7.

This program will take you on a tour from Medicine Lake to Stevensville, Broadus to West Glacier, and points in between. Learn where you might find a Black Swift nest, a Snowy Owl or a Broad-winged Hawk.

Ellison's program provides highlights of his visits to diverse natural resource areas with photos showing the many excellent birding opportunities across the Big Sky state.

His program provides highlights of his visits to diverse natural resource areas with photos showing the many excellent birding opportunities across the Big Sky state.

Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting slated

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Wednesday, Feb 13, at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave. The commission meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. and will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov.

Agenda items include:

  • Administrative Rule Amendments Pertaining to Recreation on the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir
  • 2019-20 CSKT Fishing and Hunting Regulations
  • Madison River and Varney Bridge FAS Temporary Closure Rule, R3
  • Future Fisheries Improvement Projects, Winter 2019 Funding Cycle
  • Tiber Reservoir Willow Creek Watercraft Inspection Site Lease, R4
  • Mule Deer Season Changes in HDs 502, 510, 520 & 575 for 2019
  • White Tail Deer Season Changes to Buck Only in HD 122 and 130
  • Performance-Based Elk Shoulder Seasons for 2019

For the full agenda, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.” FWP's website offers live streamed audio of each F&W commission meeting. The public can also view a live television feed of the meeting at FWP regional offices. 

Sperry Chalet industry night, open house rescheduled

The National Park Service in partnership with Glacier National Park Conservancy will host an evening about Sperry Chalet on Feb. 13 at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell.

The National Park Service Denver Service Center, the construction branch of the NPS, will host an industry night for construction contractors interested in bidding on the 2019 Phase 2 of the Sperry rebuilding project. Phase 1 of the project was awarded to Dick Anderson Construction and was completed in 2018. The industry night will be in the Fireside Room from 5-5:30 p.m.

Following the industry night, the Glacier National Park Conservancy will host a public open house celebration in Ballroom A from 6–8 p.m. to reflect on the success of Phase 1, and talk about the future of this important public-private partnership. Adele Scholl of Gravity Shots, and Amy Boring of Amy Boring Photo will share videos, photos, and stories of the wintertime monitoring overflights and construction season. Sperry Chalet concessioner Kevin Warrington will share his thoughts on the project, and Anderson Hallas Architects, the firm selected to complete project design will share highlights and design challenges from their perspective.

The event is free, and open to the public.

Elk brucellosis surveillance operations completed

As part of its multi-year Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks conducted elk capture operations in both the northern portion of the Tendoy Mountains southwest of Dillon and in the southern portion of the Bangtail Mountains northwest of Livingston.

In the Tendoys, 99 female elk were captured with the aid of a helicopter in hunt districts 302 and 328 between Interstate 15 and Horse Prairie Creek. All elk tested negative for brucellosis and 30 animals were outfitted with radio collars to track their movement for one year.

In the Bangtails, 49 female elk were captured in the southeast corner of hunt district 393 along Fleshman and Willow Creeks. All elk tested negative for brucellosis and 15 animals were outfitted with radio collars to track their movement for one year.

The goal of these operations is to evaluate the presence and understand the movement of brucellosis in Montana’s elk populations. The research will also help FWP understand the overlap between elk and livestock on the landscape.

More information about brucellosis and the Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance project can be found online at fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/diseasesAndResearch/healthPrograms/brucellosis/.

For more information, contact Jenny Jones at 406-868-2637 or jennyjones@mt.gov.

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