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 May 11, 6:30 pm. This year our Spring Potluck will be held at the Pineview Park Pavilion in the Upper Rattlesnake off of Rattlesnake Drive, just west of Rattlesnake School. Bring your own plate, utensils and a dish to share. No alcohol please. We can look at the spring flora along Rattlesnake Creek and we’ll be putting label sticks together for the annual native plant sale. Call Peter (728-8740) or Clare (728-0189) for directions.
Saturday, 6/17 — Not the Douglasia You Know Revisited 7:00 am. Join plant enthusiast Michael Wharton on this trip to see Douglasia conservatorum at its only known location (in the world!) on Bloom Peak. D. conservatorum was identified as a unique species in 2010. We’ll hope to catch the blooming of this pink-flowered alpine beauty at just the right time — this year. Bloom Peak is on the border of Montana and Idaho, and sits at the northern end of the Bitterroot Mountains, near Trout Creek. It’s a long drive and day, but we will stop to view flora along the way. We will be able to drive almost to the top of Bloom Peak; the hike to the summit (5,791 feet) is less than a half mile. Be prepared for cool and windy conditions; we will expect to return to Missoula around 7:00 pm. To minimize impact to this fragile plant community, group size is limited to 12. Info and to sign up: Clare at 728-0189, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com); phone: 970-227-4745