Session Category Archives: Science of Glacier

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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Saving All The Pieces: large Carnivores in the Crown of the Continent and Beyond

What would it be like to live in a a world with no predators roaming our landscapes? Would their elimination bring about a pastoral, peaceful human civilization? Eisenberg argues compellingly for the necessity of top predators in large, undisturbed landscapes and how a continent-long corridor – a “carnivore way” – provides the room they need to roam and the connected landscapes that allow them to disperse.

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Dan Fagre

who is Research Ecologist and the Climate Change Research Coordinator for the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, and is stationed at Glacier National Park. Dan will discuss the results of his summer field work studies of Glacier Park’s glaciers, avalanches, and alpine vegetation.

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Climate Change Impacts and Glacial Recessions

Dan Fagre,  Research Ecologist and the Climate Change Research Coordinator for the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey. He is stationed at Glacier National Park and is a faculty affiliate at the University of Montana, Montana State University and several other universities. He has authored two books, one on national parks and protected areas and the other on mountain ecosystems. His presentation will be a slide show that compares and contrasts climate change impacts and glacial recessions in the mountainous ecosystems of the Himalayans in Nepal to the Northern Rocky Mountains in Glacier National Park

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Confessions of a Citizen Scientist

Chris Peterson – “Confessions of a Citizen Scientist.” Editor of Glacier Park Magazine, Chris presents his photo show and takes a light-hearted look at his own experiences as an amateur biologist in Glacier. Chris has been photographing Glacier’s flora and fauna for the past 11 years. In addition to Glacier Park Magazine and the Hungry Horse News, his photos have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic’s Crown of the Continent Map and an international ad campaign to promote Montana. He also authored the book, Boy Wonder & the Big Burns.

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Jack Potter

Jack Potter, Chief of Science, Glacier National Park, discussed science-related projects and activities related to Glacier’s Centennial in 2010. Jack has spent 39 years with the National Park Service – all of them in Glacier. He started in 1970 as a seasonal member of the trail crew. In 2007 he was honored with the Superior Service Award of the National Park Service. See press release for further information.

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Presentation by Michelle Taffoya and Sumio Harada

Michelle, Clean Air and Climate Control Coordinator for the National Parks Conservation Association, Glacier Field Office, gave an update on what’s going on locally relating to climate change. Sumio, renowned wildlife photographer known for his study and photography of Glacier’s mountain goats, added his observations about how climate change effects the mountain goat population in the Park.

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Climate Change in Glacier

a presentation and slideshow by Michelle Tafoya, Clean Air and Climate Coordinator for the National Parks Conservation Association, Glacier Field Office. Michelle’s B.S. in biology and her studies for a master’s degree in environmental policy, plus interpretive park ranger duties in Glacier National Park for 6 seasons, gave her good back-ground for becoming a crew member of the Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project in 2004. It also served her well to join The Climate Project, a rigorous training program led by former Vice President Al Gore, to spread the message about climate change.

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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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