Montana Native Plant Society, Clark Fork Chapter
The Clark Fork Chapter serves the greater Missoula Area and west-central Montana.
For more information check the Chapter Facebook Page, which has field trip details and maps and photos, more on the UM Native Plant Garden, and so on; it's really the best up-to-the-minute info we have; or contact our president:
329 S. 4th West
Missoula MT 59801
Project Budburst Information is at the bottom of the page
Programs (Held 2nd Thursday of the month (with exceptions), Field Trips, and Events.
Thursday December 14, 6:30 pm Our annual Christmas potluck will again be held in the Del Brown Room in Turner Hall on the UM Campus on the northwest side of the Oval. Parking will hopefully be available west of the Gallagher Bldg. in lots or on the streets off of Arthur and Connell. Bring plates, utensils and a dish to share. Alcoholic beverages are okay! Don’t forget to bring a few of your favorite digital wildflower photos from the summer. Call Peter (728-8740) or Kelly (258-5439) if you have questions.
Monday January 8, 7:00 pm. Whitebark pine has an interesting and mutualistic relationship with Clark’s nutcracker. Come hear Forest Service ecologist Bob Keane talk about Best Friends Forever: The importance of the mutualistic relationship of whitebark pine and Clark’s nutcracker in an uncertain climate future. This will be a joint meeting with Montana Audubon, Rm 123 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus (Note the different day and place).
Tuesday January 30, 7:00 pm Herbarium Night. Eriogonum is North America’s 2nd largest endemic genus. Let’s Look at Our Buckwheats with Peter Lesica. Rm 303, Botany Bldg., UM Campus. Herbarium Nights are for members only.
Thursday February 8, 7:00 pm. Jim Romo grew up in northeast Montana and taught at the University of Saskatchewan for several decades. Now he’s in Missoula to tell us about The Prairies of Saskatchewan and their Flora. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.
Thursday March 15, 7:00 pm. Indigenous Peoples were our first botanists. David Hooper spent many years studying the Cultural and Ecological Relationships between the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Plants of Mount Rainer for his PhD. Join us in Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus. Note this is the 3rd Thursday.
Thursday April 12 7:00 pm Before the fires we had a banner year for wildflower displays. In this age of smartphones many people have photos of Flower Profusion. Bring yours from this or past years on a thumb drive or if they’re on your phone call Clare (728-0189) and bring them too. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.
Don’t forget to check out the Clark Fork Chapter Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events), the State MT Native Plant Society Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/MTNativePlantSociety).
Events could be canceled due to weather. Hikes typically proceed at a leisurely pace. Please bring adequate food, water, sunscreen, a hat, and be prepared for Montana’s unpredictable, inclement weather. No pets please!
| Clark ForkChapter members enjoy a robust schedule of hikes every year.
Here a few members relax in the midst of searching for mushrooms.
(Peter Lesica photo)
* Camera Geek trips are designed with ample time for photography and exchanging camera tips and techniques.
A nationwide initiative by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), The Chicago Botanical Garden, and others, Project Budburst allows citizen scientists (e.g., students, naturalists, gardeners) to enter observations of the timing of flowers and foliage into an online database to help create a national picture of the effects of our warming climate on plants. The project operates year-round so early and late-blooming species around the country can be monitored throughout their lifecycles. UM professors Carol Brewer and Paul Alaback are collaborators on the project; MNPS member Paul is the project's lead scientist nationally. Project Budburst is looking for Native Plant Society members and others to volunteer in monitoring when plants come out in the spring. This involves selecting one or more plants near your house-in a park or somewhere you walk regularly--then noting the day leaves and flowers first appear and leaves first change color in the fall. Observations on Mt. Sentinel would be particularly valuable. Last year over 4,000 volunteers participated nationwide! Budburst is particularly interested in observations of widely distributed plants such as chokecherry, serviceberry, red osier dogwood, garden lilacs and others. You can register to collect data at http://budburst.org or contact Paul Alaback (firstname.lastname@example.org); phone: 970-227-4745