Session Category Archives: Glacier Wildlife

“Path of the Puma, The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion” with author Jim Williams

Montana House welcomes local author Jim Williams who wrote Path of the Puma – The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion. Jim’s talk will begin at 4:00 pm in the Kintla Camp event room at Montana House in Apgar Village. In 2018 Patagonia Inc. published Path of the Puma which tells the story of mountain lion conservation in the Americas and highlights some adventures Jim experienced while working with wildlife biologists in Chile and Argentina. Jim will take us on a visual tour of puma conservation in the wilds of Patagonia Argentina, then back up to Montana and the Crown of the Continent, and he will end in Chilean Patagonia. After the presentation Jim will be available to sign books.

Jim is an award-winning, professional wildlife biologist who has worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for the last 28 years. While in graduate school, Jim studied mountain lion ecology on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front and has focused on mountain lion and other wildlife conservation issues ever since. For example, Jim’s experience as a wildlife biologist/conservationist includes working with pronghorn antelope, black bear, mountain goat, grizzly bear and wolf. He has worked with private agricultural landowners on wildlife tolerance issues, implemented various wildlife research projects, and developed new conservation easements and wildlife management areas. More recently he has been working with wildlife biologists in Chile and Argentina on wildlife conservation projects. Jim and his wife Melora live and work in the Flathead Valley.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve a seat: phone: 406 888-5393 or email:

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Sumio Harada – “Celebration of Wildlife” Film Presentation

Sumio will feature his latest film footage of wildlife in Glacier National Park on Saturday, May 25th, at 11:00AM and again at 2:00 PM. This ‘celebration of wildlife’ will be shown upstairs in Montana House’s Kintla Camp event room. Sumio states, “I spent all of 2018 hiking, camping and waiting for wildlife as usual. During the course of that year I captured the true life of the hoary marmot, moose, bear, squirrel and, of course, the mountain goat. I plan to show the footage of their life through the four seasons with beautiful background landscapes”. He urges us to ‘look, listen and learn’ about the wildlife of Glacier National Park where our backyard is. A presentation trailer may be viewed on YouTube ( find the trailer enter: Celebration of Wildlife 2019 by Sumio Harada in the search bar on the YouTube website.

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Sustaining Grizzly Bear Populations in the Northern Rockies: Perspectives from Brian Peck

Montana House is hosting independent wildlife consultant, Brian Peck, who will speak about Grizzly Bear population recovery in the northern Rockies. His presentation begins at 4:00 PM in the Kintla Camp room at Montana House in Apgar Village.

When Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri River in 1804-06, there were an estimated 50,000 grizzlies in the lower 48 states. Today, there are just 1800, occupying six, largely isolated Recovery Areas and approximately two percent of their historic range. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contends that grizzly populations in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (700) and the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (1000) are “recovered”, and can be removed from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. 

Most of the environmental community and independent scientists disagree, and are concerned that a premature ESA delisting will give away all the gains of the last 40+ years. Brian’s program will take a comprehensive and enlightening view of where we’ve been with grizzlies in America, where we are now, and how we can achieve real and lasting grizzly bear recovery based on sound ecological principles.

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Mountain Goats – True Life in Glacier – A Sumio Harada Video Presentation

Sumio presentationOn Saturday, May 27th at 11:00 am Montana House will host a presentation by renowned local photographer/videographer Sumio Harada in another “Look, Listen and Learn” program series. Sumio will present extensive video footage of mountain goats of Glacier National Park in the recently completed room (named “Kintla Camp”) on the 2nd floor of Montana House. His videos depict mountain goat behaviors such as nanny and kid interactions, seasonal feeding and mineral licking, mating, travelling and playing on snow banks. Also included is footage of bighorn sheep, pika, ptarmigan, marmot and other wildlife species.

A reception will follow Sumio’s presentation. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Phone 406 888-5393 or e-mail:

Due to popular demand, we have added a second presentation at 1pm! Call now!

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Shifting Baselines and Endangered Species Recovery

The MontCristina_Eisenberg_Flyer_June2016ana House is pleased again to present science writer and wildlife ecologist Dr. Cristina Eisenberg and how “Global change is shifting scientific baselines for endangered species recovery”.


Cristina will discuss these shifts, which include global warming, human population growth, economic recessions, and scientific advances, and how we can move forward with endangered species recovery in our rapidly changing world. She will spotlight laws such as the Endangered Species Act and demonstrate how it and other powerful laws can continue to support recovery of species such as lynx, wolverine, polar bears, and wolves, and create healthy ecosystems.”


The presentation at the Montana House will be at 7:00pm with time for questions and a reception to follow. The event is open to the public without charge, but seating is limited, so reservations are needed. Please call 406-888-5393 The 2016 Montana House Speaker Program, Look, Listen and Learn commemorates the National Park Service Centennial.


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Wild Harmony

Join us for a Look Listen and Learn presentation by Sumio Harada and the release of his newest book “Wild Harmony”. Sumio will share his thoughts and observations about changes that happen for Glacier Park’s wildlife over time and see his images depicting the true life of wildlife of Glacier National Park.


Wild Harmony is about the ecosystem and connections of wildlife. Animals’ ability to adapt to their individual environments in order to live. Sumio will speak about the background stories of impressive photography in the book and you will learn about what was happening at the time of the photos. This will be a profoundly memorable presentation of Sumio’s photography.


Three presentation times: 11am, 1pm and 3pm


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A Trip Through Glacier Park

Chris_Peterson_BookIn 1915, author Mary Roberts Rinehart wrote “Through Glacier Park in 1915”. It was  her story of a 300-mile journey through Glacier Park.  For the 100th anniversary of  that trip, Chris Peterson retraced that journey and wrote his third book “A Trip Through Glacier Park” which he will present for our first Look Listen and Learn program of the 2016 summer season.


Chris Peterson has been with the Hungry Horse News for the past 18 years, either as its photographer or editor or both. He lives in Columbia Falls and has hiked almost every trail in the Park and hundreds of miles in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Reservations required – call (406) 888-5393 or click the button to send us an email. Reception to follow presentation.


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Carnivores, Climate Change – a Process of Survival or Extinction

The Montana House is pleased to again present science writer and wildlife ecologist Dr. Cristina Eisenberg and her update on recent research on climate change in the Arctic. Cristina’s talk will focus on large carnivores, their survival and adaptation to the changes in climate and what their future may hold. “Their well being is a critical factor in sustaining healthy landscapes and it is possible for humans and large carnivores to coexist peacefully and even thrive”.

Cristina just returned from the High Arctic and is working on her next book about Climate Change. Taking the Heat: Wildlife, Food Webs and Extinction in a Warming World.

Her presentation will include recent updates on federal policy on these species and the Endangered Species Act. Cristina’s journey this past year included going before Congress to share her scientific research and knowledge.

Eisenberg holds a doctorate in Forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University and her long term research on wolves, elk, and aspen in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem is now entering its tenth year. She is the lead scientist at Earthwatch Institute and a Smithsonian Research Associate. Her previous books include: The Wolf’s Tooth: Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity was published by Island Press in 2010. The Carnivore Way: Conserving and Coexisting with America’s Carnivores that was published in 2014.

She also serves as the nonfiction editor for the Whitefish Review and is on the editorial board of the Ecological Society of America.

The presentation at the Montana House will be at 4 p.m. with time for questions. A reception will follow. The event is open to the public without charge, but seating is limited, so reservations are needed. Please call 406-888-5393 for additional information and to reserve your seat.

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Bald Eagle above Flathead Valley






Saturday – May 30th – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

at the Montana House – Apgar Village,

inside Glacier National Park

Free and open to the public / Reception to follow presentations

Reservations required

please call 406.888.5393 or email:

The Montana House is pleased to host another in the series of “Look, Listen & Learn” programs. Sumio Harada is the featured photographer on Saturday, May 30th, 2015. Harada will present his photos at 1:00 pm and again at 3:00 pm. He will share his images of Bald Eagles and describe their natural history and show the varying types of places they nest in the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. Sumio will also tell the history of Bald Eagles that once congregated by the hundreds at McDonald Creek back in the 1970’s and 1980’s and why they longer gather there.



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Glacier’s Iconic Mountain Goats

“Glacier’s Iconic Mountain Goats,” a film and photo presentation, by wildlife photographer, Sumio Harada. A documentary was shown about mountain goats that was filmed in Glacier National Park by a Japanese broadcasting station. Harada served as a guide to the TV crew for 60 days during the months of June, July and November.

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Harlequins: Unique Members of the Duck World

“Harlequins: Unique Members of the Duck World” with Lisa Bate, Wildlife Biologist for Glacier National Park. Bate discussed current findings of the three-year (2011-2013) Harlequin Duck research project in the Park. She shared why Harlequins are unique in the duck world, their currentstatus and what more they hope to learn in the final year of the project.

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Red-Necked Grebes & Hoary Marmots

a presentation by photographer/author from West Glacier, Montana, Tom J. Ulrich. Ulrich is highly acclaimed around the world for his nature photography skill, and showed many images of these interesting creatures living in Glacier National Park.

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Four Seasons of Red Squirrel

with renowned wildlife photographer Sumio Harada, who showed images of red squirrels and also talked about the photo skills that made the unique images. He also shared photos of a black bear sow and two cubs and their den 65 feet above ground.

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Focus on Mountain Lions

a presentation by Sumio Harada, world known wildlife photographer and author of Mountain Goats of Glacier National Park, and DVD The Breaths of Glacier. Sumio will share over 100 mountain lion images he took during an extended stay in the Many Glacier area this past winter.

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If You Hike Far Enough, You’re Bound to See Something

a photo presentation and commentary with Chris Peterson. Peterson is an award-winning photographer with the Hungry Horse News and is the editor of Glacier Park Magazine. He has been photographing Glacier’s flora, fauna and landscapes for the past 13 years. He is also the author of Boy Wonder and the Big Burns.

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The Wolverine Way

Glacier area wildlife biologist and natural history writer. He is the author of numerous articles over many years time for National Geographic Magazine. He has also authored 10 books including A Beast the Color of Winter, The Fate of the Elephant and True Grizz. Doug will present his new book The Wolverine Way, based on his volunteer participation in Glacier Park’s wolverine project.

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Superorganisms in Einsteinian Space

a talk and slideshow by Douglas H. Chadwick, wildlife biologist and author of seven books on natural history. Doug’s books include True Grizz, Growing Up Grizzly, Beasts the Color of Winter and The Fate of the Elephant, named by the New York Times Book Review as a Best Book of the Year. He has also written more than three hundred articles for magazines including National Geographic, Audubon and Sierra. Doug’s definition of superorganisms is “colonies that act like a single creature through the remarkable communica-ion systems within the group” – like ants and termites. His pre-sentation helps us understand the resources and workings of a forest-canopied ecosystem by focusing on the little creatures and how much they support the life of an ecosystem.

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Mountain Goats As Seen by Sumio Harada

Sumio, a world known wildlife photographer was back at the Montana House for his presentation and unique perspective on photographing Glacier’s mountain goats. There was an overwhelming response to the announcement of his presentation, and he was able to provide three separate presentations to accommodate all the guests who came to hear him.

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Look, Listen and Learn Program Begins

In September the Montana House started the “Look, Listen and Learn” series including slide shows and talks by Douglas H. Chadwick, Dr. Daniel Fagre and Sumio Harada.

Doug Chadwick is a Glacier area wildlife biologist and natural history writer.
He is the author of numerous articles over many years time for National Geographic Magazine. He has also authored 10 books including A Beast
the Color of Winter
, The Fate of the Elephant and True Grizz.

Daniel Fagre, an Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, working out of Glacier National Park Headquarters in the Global Climate Change office, provided an update on what is happening to the glaciers in the Park and discussed his book, Sustaining Rocky Mountain Landscapes: Science, Policy and Management for the
Crown of the Continent Ecosystem,
which he co-edited with Tony Prato.
The book focuses on the Crown of the Continent Region in Montana and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. This work brings together information on topics as diverse as archaeology an fire history to current issues such as coal mining in the northern Flathead Basin.

Sumio Harada is a world renown wildlife photographer. Sumio was born in Japan and studied biology at Tokyo University of Agriculture, His research on the behavior of the Japanese serow, a close relative of our mountain goat, led to his wildlife photography career, and prompted his move to the U.S. and the Rocky Mountains, eventually settling in West Glacier, His images have been published in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Canadian Wildlife, GEO, Montana Magazine, 2007 Canon Desk Calendar and in numerous international magazines and books..In 2008 he published his own photo book, Mountain Goats of Glacier National Park.

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