Wildlife Speaker Series - Mountain Lions
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

Wildlife Speaker Series - Mountain Lions

Join us for the final event of our annual Wildlife Speaker Series, where we will learn about mountain lions! We will kick off the evening at 5:30 PM at Garden City Harvest in Missoula, MT with samples from local breweries. Our featured event will begin at 6:00 PM with a presentation from Ben Jimenez of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

For more information, contact Quincey Johnson at (406) 682-3437.

 

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Sandhill Cranes
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Sandhill Cranes

Join us for the sixth event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn about sandhill cranes! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM at the Kelly Ranch in Four Corners with samples from local breweries. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 PM with a presentation from Patrick Donnelly of the Intermountain West Joint Venture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

From the Ennis area: Drive North on Highway 287 to Norris. At the junction of 287 and Highway 84, turn right toward Bozeman. Just as you're about to cross Shedd’s Bridge over the Gallatin River, make a right onto River Road heading south. Drive for two miles until you come to the Kelly Ranch homestead with an old stone house on the left. Follow the signs for parking.

From Bozeman: Drive west on Huffine Lane (Hwy 191) to Four Corners. At the Four Corners intersection continue straight west and the road becomes Hwy 84 toward Norris. Drive west for one mile and cross Shedd’s Bridge over the Gallatin River. At the end of the bridge make an immediate left onto River Road heading south. Drive for two miles until you come to the Kelly Ranch homestead with an old stone house on the left. Follow the signs for parking.

For more information, contact Quincey Johnson at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Trout
Aug
14
5:30 PM17:30

Wildlife Speaker Series - Trout

Join us for the fifth event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn about trout! We will kick off the evening at 5:30 PM with a community potluck dinner at the Ruby Habitat Foundation's Woodson Ranch, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 PM with a presentation from Matt Jaeger of Montana Fish, WIldlife, & Parks, and three local ranchers including John Anderson, Neil Barnosky, and Dan Doorbos.

Driving Directions:
From the north- Head south on Highway 287 for approximately 8 miles south of Sheridan to the town of Laurin. Turn west into the town of Laurin and navigate to Ruby River Dr., driving over the 3-ton weight-limit bridge onto Ruby River Dr. Head north on Ruby River Dr. for 2 miles and turn east to the Woodson Ranch Visitor Center. Parking will be in the field on the right.

From the south- Head north on Highway 287 for approximately 11 miles north of Virginia City to the town of Laurin. Turn west into the town of Laurin and navigate to Ruby River Dr., driving over the 3-ton weight-limit bridge onto Ruby River Dr. Head north on Ruby River Dr. for 2 miles and turn east to the Woodson Ranch Visitor Center. Parking will be in the field on the right.

For more information, contact Dave Delisi at 660-2709 or Quincey Johnson at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Bats
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

Wildlife Speaker Series - Bats

Join us for the fourth event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn about bats! We will kick off the evening at 6:30 PM with a community potluck dinner at the Lima School, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our featured event will begin at 7:30 PM with a presentation from Matt Bell with Montana Land Reliance, followed by an optional bat walk at 9:00 PM. 

For more information, contact Kara Maplethorpe at 715-681-0795 or Quincey Johnson at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Western Pearlshell Mussels
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Western Pearlshell Mussels

Join us for the third event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn about the Western Pearlshell Mussel! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a community potluck at the Wise River Community Building, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our feature event will begin at 7:00 PM with a presentation from Dave Stagliano of Montana Biological Survey. 

The Wise River Community Building is the tan building on the south side of the highway, across from the Mercantile in Wise River.

For more information, contact Tana Nulph at 267-3421 or Quincey Johnson at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Beavers
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Beavers

Join us for the second event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn about the beaver! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a community potluck dinner at the Depot Theater in downtown Dillon. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 PM with a presentation by Torrey Ritter from Montana State University.

For more information, contact Jamie Cottom at 683-3802 or Quincey Johnson at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Zebra and Quagga Mussels
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Zebra and Quagga Mussels

Join us for the first event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn all about aquatic invasive species! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a community potluck dinner at the Jack Creek Preserve Outdoor Education Center, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our feature event will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Kate Wilson of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. 

The gate on the private Jack Creek Road will be open on both the Ennis and Big Sky sides. Please carpool, as parking is limited at the Preserve. We strongly suggest driving a vehicle with 4WD. 

Driving Directions:
From Ennis, head south on Highway 287 for about 1 mile and turn left onto Jeffers Rd (just before El Western Motel). Follow Jeffers Rd and turn right onto Jeffers Loop Rd (right before the church). Turn left on Jeffers Loop Rd at the "T". Follow Jeffers Loop Rd and turn right onto Jack Creek Bench Rd. Follow the Jack Creek Bench Rd. and turn left at the section turn (Shedhorn Ranch entrance is on this corner). Follow this road down the hill that turns steeply to the right, and stay to the right at the bottom where it merges with the Jack Creek Rd. Continue on the Jack Creek Rd. and pass through the Moonlight Basin gates. Follow the Jack Creek Rd. for about 4 miles until you reach the sign for the Jack Creek Preserve on your right (signs for parking will be posted).

From Big Sky, head west on Highway 64 towards Big Sky Resort. Continue on Highway 64 until you reach the Moonlight entryway, and turn right at the round-about onto Jack Creek Rd. Turn right at the Upper Jack Creek gate (second gate on the right, across from Cedar Mountain Corrals). Continue to follow the Jack Creek Rd. approximately ½ mile past mile marker 8. The entrance to the Outdoor Education Center is on the left.

For more information, contact Quincey Johnson at 682-3437 or qjohnson@wcs.org.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Otters
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Otters

  • Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the eighth and final event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn oodles of outrageous observations on otters! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a community potluck dinner at the Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Kerry Foresman of the University of Montana.

Driving directions: From Ennis, head south on Highway 287 for 18 miles and turn right onto Johnny Ridge Rd (it's the first road after you cross the bridge over Indian Creek, there are signs for McAtee Bridge and Imerys Talc Mine). After about a mile you'll cross over the river and take the first left onto Ruby Creek Rd. Stay on Ruby Creek Rd. for 2.5 miles. Past the recreation area, the road will come to a T with the paved road heading left and a gravel driveway going right; turn right into the gravel driveway towards the red barn and tan buildings. You can park anywhere in the mowed area. We will have signs up the day of the event. 

For more information, contact Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Sandhill Cranes
Aug
15
5:30 PM17:30

Wildlife Speaker Series - Sandhill Cranes

Join us for the seventh event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will study a stock of superb specifics about sandhill cranes! We will kick off the evening at 5:30 PM with a community potluck dinner at the Ruby Habitat Foundation’s Woodson Ranch, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Patrick Donnelly of the Intermountain West Joint Venture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Driving Directions: 
From the North - Heading south on HWY 287, travel approx. 8 miles south of Sheridan to the town of Laurin. Turn Right (West) into the town of Laurin and navigate to Ruby River Dr., driving over the 3-Ton weight-limit bridge onto Ruby River Drive. Head north on Ruby River Drive for 2 miles and turn Right (East) to the Woodson Ranch Visitor Center. Parking will be in the field on the right.

From the South - Heading north on HWY 287, travel approx. 11 miles north of Virginia City to the town of Laurin. Turn Left (West) into the town of Laurin and navigate to Ruby River Dr., driving over the 3-Ton weight-limit bridge onto Ruby River Drive. Head north on Ruby River Drive for 2 miles and turn Right (East) to the Woodson Ranch Visitor Center. Parking will be in the field on the right.

For more information, contact Dave Delisi at 660-2709 or Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Herons
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Herons

Join us for the sixth event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will hear a heap of helpful hints about herons! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a free community barbecue at the Depot Theater in downtown Dillon. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Gary Swant of GoBird Montana, LLC.

Please note that the Depot Theater has a seating capacity of 100 people, so be there early to make sure you have a seat!

For more information, contact Jamie Cottom at 683-3802 or Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Pelicans
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Pelicans

  • Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the fifth event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will ponder a plethora of puckish particulars about pelicans! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a community potluck dinner at the Taft-Nicholson Center / Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Emily Sorenson, an interpretive naturalist.

Driving Directions:
From Dillon - Take I-15 South to Monida, exiting at Exit 0. Turn Left at the exit stop sign. Go over the railroad tracks, with the road turning to dirt. Follow the dirt road (S. Valley Road) for about 28 miles to the Refuge HQ, which will be on your right with a kiosk in the driveway. (~2 hour travel time from Dillon)

From Ennis - Take MT-287 South for about 40 miles. Turn Right onto MT-87 South, turning into ID-87 South. After 12.6 miles, turn Right onto Henry's Lake Drive and follow for about 5.5 miles. This road will turn to dirt after 2 miles or so. Turn Right onto Red Rock Pass Road. Follow over the top of the Pass, turning into S. Valley Road, and continue on S. Valley for 16 miles to the Refuge HQ. The HQ will be on your left with a kiosk in the driveway. (~2 hour travel time from Ennis)

Note for all routes: The Valley Road can be rough at times. Please remember to take it slow and have the ability to change a tire if need be! Camping spots may be available at Upper Lake Campground, Lower Lake Campground, Hell Roaring Trailhead, or Red Rock Pass. 

For more information, contact Kara Maplethorpe at 715-681-0795 or Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Wolverine
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Wolverine

Join us for the fourth event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will welcome a wealth of wild wisdoms about wolverines! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a potluck dinner at the Great Waters Inn, so bring your favorite dish to share. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Kris Inman of the Wildlife Conservation Society. 

Driving Directions: Great Waters Inn is located 6 miles south of Melrose on the I-15 Frontage Road / Highway 91. Turn right at Browne’s Bridge Road and make another right just before the bridge, there will be signs posted.

For more information, contact Tana Nulph at 267-3421 or Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Lynx
Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Lynx

Join us for the third event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will learn a load of lovely lessons about lynx! We will kick off the evening at 5:00 PM with a free ice cream social at the Lion’s Club Park, which is at the east end of Ennis on Highway 287. Our featured event will begin at 6:00 with a presentation from Jay Kolbe of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. This event will take place rain or shine!

For more information, contact Chelsea Pardo at 682-3148 or Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Porcupine
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Porcupine

Join us for the second event of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will peruse plenty of pertinent points about porcupines! We will kick off the evening at 6:00 PM with a free community barbecue at the Depot Theater in downtown Dillon. Our featured event will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Jim DeBoer of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Please note that the Depot Theater has a seating capacity of 100 people, so be there early to make sure you have a seat!

For more information, contact Jamie Cottom at 683-3802 or Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Fox
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

Wildlife Speaker Series - Fox

Join us for the 5th Anniversary Party of our annual Summer Speaker Series, where we will find out a flurry of fun facts about foxes! 

We are kicking off our 5th year of events with a special party for all of our supporters at the beautiful Round Barn in Twin Bridges. Doors open at 5:30 PM with a cash bar available to those who are interested, followed by a free community dinner catered by The Shovel & Spoon at 6:00. Our featured event of the evening will begin at 7:00 with a presentation from Laurie Wolf of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Please note that the venue has a seating capacity of 250 people, so be there early to make sure you have a seat!

Driving Directions: The Round Barn is located off of MT-41, in between the towns of Twin Bridges and Silver Star - it is approximately 2.5 miles north of Twin Bridges and 8 miles south of Silver Star. Turn towards the east onto Bayer’s Ranch Rd (right if you’re coming from Twin, left if you’re coming from Silver Star), then after a half mile turn right onto Riverside Drive. The Round Barn will be on your right after 0.2 miles, and there will be parking available in front of the building.

For more information, contact Rebecca Ramsey at 842-5741 x 106 or Lucinda Morris at 682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Wolverines
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Wolverines

Did you know that the wolverine is the largest land-dwelling species of the weasel family? Join us for the fourth annual Wildlife Speaker Series to find out more about wolverines at the Cliff Lake Schoolhouse south of Cameron, MT. Bob Inman of Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks will be presenting. We will kick off the evening with a community barbecue at 6:00, so bring your favorite dish to share! As always, attendees will have the opportunity to fill out a short survey and be entered to win one of several fantastic door prizes.

Directions to Cliff Lake Schoolhouse: From Ennis, head south on Highway 287 for approximately 39 miles, then turn right onto forest service road 8381 (follow signs for Cliff and Wade Lakes). After one mile, turn right to get to the schoolhouse. We will have signs up the day of the event to guide you.

For more information and driving directions, contact Lucinda Morris at 406-682-3437 or lmorris@wcs.org.

 

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Golden Eagles
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Golden Eagles

Did you know that golden eagles are North America’s largest bird of prey? Join us for the fourth annual Wildlife Speaker Series to find out more about golden eagles at the Ruby Habitat Foundation’s Woodson Ranch in Laurin, MT. Area independent biologist, Erik Johnston, will be presenting. We will kick off the evening with a potluck barbecue at 5:30 followed by the presentation at 7:00.

For more information and driving directions, contact Dave Delisi at 406-660-2709 or Lucinda Morris at 406-682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Reptiles & Amphibians
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Reptiles & Amphibians

Did you know that Montana is home to 14 species of amphibians and 20 species of reptiles? Join us for the fourth annual Wildlife Speaker Series to find out more about reptiles and amphibians at the Hagenbarth Ranch in Glen, MT. Matt Bell of the Montana Land Reliance will be presenting. We will kick off the evening with a potluck barbecue at 5:00, so bring your favorite dish to share!

Directions to Hagenbarth Ranch: Exit I-15 at the Glen exit and take the frontage road (Schoolhouse Road) that heads south on the east side of the interstate for 2.1 miles. When you get to 9100, turn left and go into the ranch (it will be about 1/4 mile off the road). Where you turn left at 9100, there will be a culvert going under the interstate to the right.

For more information about this event, contact Tana Nulph at 406-267-3421 or Lucinda Morris at 406-682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Moose
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Moose

Did you know that moose are the largest of the deer species, with antlers that can spread 6 feet from end to end? Join us for the fourth annual Wildlife Speaker Series to find out more about moose at the Depot Theater in downtown Dillon, MT. Nick DeCesare of Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks will be presenting. We will kick off the evening with a community barbecue at 6:00 followed by the presentation at 7:00.

For more information and driving directions, contact Rick Hartz at 406-683-3765 or Lucinda Morris at 406-682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Bears
Jul
9
5:00 PM17:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Bears

Did you know that bears can run up to 40 mph? Join us for the fourth annual Wildlife Speaker Series to find out more about bears at the Lion's Club Park Pavilion in Ennis, MT. Steve Primm of People and Carnivores will be presenting. The presentation will begin at 5:00 and will be followed by a free ice cream social. This event will take place rain or shine!

For more information and driving directions, contact Lucinda Morris at 406-682-3437 or lmorris@wcs.org. 

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Wetland & Riparian Birds
Jul
9
8:00 AM08:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Wetland & Riparian Birds

Did you know that birds use wetland and riparian areas for breeding, feeding, resting, shelter, and social interactions? Join us for the fourth annual Wildlife Speaker Series to find out more about wetland and riparian birds at the Silver Springs Ranch in Sheridan, MT. Jack Kirkley of UM Western will be presenting. We will begin the morning with coffee, breakfast burritos, and a short presentation at 8:00 before heading out into the field to spot some birds. We recommend you wear long pants and sturdy shoes, as we will be walking through some prickly grasses. You may also want to bring binoculars, sunscreen, and bug spray.

To get to the venue, follow Highway 287 and turn onto Middle Rd. (it will be a right if you're coming from Sheridan, and left if you're coming from Ennis). After that, just follow the signs!

For more information and driving directions, contact Rebecca Ramsey at 406-842-5741 x 106 or Lucinda Morris at 406-682-3437.

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Wildlife Speaker Series - Turkey Vulture
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Wildlife Speaker Series - Turkey Vulture

Did you know that turkey vultures are highly specialized birds that keep the environment clean by disposing of carcasses? Join us for the fourth annual Wildlife Speaker Series to find out more about turkey vultures at the Depot Theater in downtown Dillon, MT. Becky Kean of the Montana Raptor Conservation Center will be presenting along with her ambassador bird, Pilgrim. The presentation will begin at 6:00 and will be followed by a free ice cream social.

For more information, contact Rick Hartz at 406-683-3765 or Lucinda Morris at 406-682-3437

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