Flathead Chapter

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  The Flathead Chapter serves the greater Flathead, Northwest Montana, and Glacier National Park area. Monthly meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month in October through April at North Valley Community Hall (also North Valley Physical Therapy)235 Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls unless otherwise noted.

 For for more information, contact chapter Vice President, Rachel Potter, 892-2446, Publicity Chair, Chantelle Delay or:

Tara Carolin, Chapter President

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Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm. “A Garden on Sylvan Drive, Flathead Lake, Montana.” Kathy Ross will share her experience of 25 years of native and ornamental landscaping for a property on Flathead Lake. She encourages the value of native plant gardens but then shows how a native area can be enhanced with well-chosen ornamental varieties. Kathy will be making suggestions on what not to use in the way of ornamentals because of their invasive nature. Come with questions!

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 pm. Flathead Chapter Annual Meeting planning session with potluck of snacks and finger food. Flathead Chapter will host the Annual Meeting June 26-28, 2015 at the Loon Lake 4H Camp near Ferndale.

Events and Field Trips 

Tuesdays, May and June, 10:00 am. “Bigfork Wild Mile Corridor Wildflower Walks.” Join Anne Morley and Neal Brown for these gentle strolls to look at birds and wildflowers. Enjoy easy two-mile hikes along the Old Swan River Road. Meet in front of Showthyme restaurant. Info: Anne at 886-2242 or Neal at 837-5018. 

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 pm. “Flathead Chapter Annual Meeting planning session.” Potluck of snacks and finger food. Meet at North Valley Community Hall (also North Valley Physical Therapy), 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. 

Saturday, May 23, 7:00 am. “Coonsa Creek Wetlands: Birds, Bears and Native Plants.” Jointly sponsored with Flathead Audubon, this half-day trip is led by wildlife biologist Steve Gniadek and botanist Betty Kuropat. Look for birds in the rich riparian habitat along Coonsa Creek and for wildflowers on the ridge and in wetlands near the Firebrand Pass trailhead. We’ll only go two or three miles up the trail (not to pass). Meet at Columbia Heights Park & Ride (junction of US 2 and MT 206) to carpool. Info and to sign up: Steve at 892-7406. 

Tuesdays, June-August, 9:00 am. “Volunteer Opportunity at the Glacier National Park Nursery.” Help with seeding, transplanting, weeding and cleaning, or work on a particular research or experimental project. Bring a sack lunch and work gloves. Come anytime after 9; work an hour or stay all day. Meet at the Native Plant Nursery, Glacier National Park. Info: Rebecca Lawrence at 888-7836. 

Monday, June 1, 5:30 pm. “Evening Wildflower Walk on Columbia Mountain.” One of two evening walks on Columbia Mountain (see June 10th event). Ellen Horowitz leads a three-hour walk through a flower-lover’s paradise. Look for showy larkspur, mitreworts and others. We’ll go at an easy pace and make lots of stops. Jointly sponsored with the Montana Wilderness Association. Info and to sign up: Ellen at 752-2909, horowitz@centurytel.net

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm. “Native Plant Garden Tour.” Join native plant gardener Teresa Geyer Stump for a tour of the Flathead Valley Community College and Museum at Central School Native Plant Gardens. Meet at FVCC, Blake Hall, SCA 140. Tour is wheelchair accessible. Info: Teresa at 471-3786, acacia78@bresnan.net

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 am. “Lost Trail Wildlife Refuge.” The annual Exploding Car Battery trip takes participants to Montana’s newest wildlife refuge! Explore the plants and animals of Palouse prairie and wetland habitats with botanists Peter Lesica and Jon Reny, and wildlife biologist Beverly Skinner. Lost Trail Refuge is located between Kalispell and Libby, north of McGregor Lake. Bring a lunch and shoes that can get wet. Meet at the Marion Post Office. Info and to carpool from Flathead Valley: Betty at 892-0129. 

Wednesday, June 10, 5:30 pm. “Columbia Mountain Field Trip.” Glacier National Park Biologist Tara Carolin leads this evening stroll up the Columbia Mountain trail. Enjoy spring and early summer blooms along the forested trail with lovely rock outcrops in the sunshine. Bring a sack supper if you like. Meet at the Columbia Mountain parking lot and trailhead. Info: Tara at 260-7533, writetaraywc@yahoo.com

Thursday, June 11, 10:00 am. “Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail.” Learn about plants, birds and wildlife habitats with botanist/naturalist Anne Morley along this gentle, two-mile trail located in the Swan Valley. The trail meanders through a low-elevation old growth forest. Meet at Point Pleasant campground, south of Swan Lake, half-mile south of mile marker 64 on Hwy 83. Info: Anne at 886-2242.

MNPS 2015 ANNUAL MEETING Friday-Sunday, June 26-28. “For Peat’s Sake…Befriend the Fens!” This year’s gathering will be highlighted by several field trips around the Seeley-Swan area. Orchids, sundews, rushes and more! Home base will be the Loon Lake 4H Camp just outside Bigfork—see you there! See the enclosed inserts for info and registration or visit www.mtnativeplants.org or www.facebook/MTNativePlantSociety.