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Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day highlights parks’ partnership and latest insights

by TAYLOR INMAN
Daily Inter Lake | July 10, 2024 12:00 AM

The public is invited to hear from scientists and historians about current research and historical topics related to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park at the 21st annual Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day on July 23.  

According to park officials, attendees will learn more about the parks’ partnership — including the latest insights and findings from staff. 

Presentations are grouped into four themes: wildlife, visitor use management, co-stewardship, and cultural and historical resources. Topics include efforts to vaccinate bats in Glacier for White-Nose Syndrome, Glacier and Waterton visitor use data interpretations and management strategies, collaborative success of the Northern Leopard frog reintroduction, co-stewardship efforts on fisheries research and management, a history of Walter B. Forester and the history of Glacier’s red buses. 

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks from Director of the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Tara Carolin, followed by the wildlife biology session, and the visitor use management session. After a break for lunch, the sessions pick back up with a discussion about co-stewardship at 1 p.m., then a session on cultural and historical resources in the park at 2:15 p.m.  

The event is expected to wrap-up around 3:30 p.m.  

A detailed agenda is available at www.nps.gov/rlc/crown/science-history_agenda.htm. 

The sessions will take place at the Community Building on Albright Circle in West Glacier. The event is free of charge and open to the public.  

No registration necessary. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the one-hour midday break. Those hailing from Canada are reminded that a passport is required for crossing the U.S./Canada Border. 

Since its inception in 2004, this event has been held yearly and alternated locations between the two parks, with the previous four years being held virtually. This is the first in-person event since 2019.