Serving the greater Bozeman area, including Gallatin, Park and Sweet Grass counties.
Monthly programs for Winter 2020-2021 will be online via Zoom. Non-members are welcome! Contact [email protected]
Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here.
Programs and Activities
All programs are online, free and open to the public. Meeting links will be emailed to all MNPS members at the beginning of each month.
November 10, 7 p.m. The Beartooth Highway: A biologist on “America’s Most Beautiful Highway.” with Sharon Eversman A recording of this talk is now available here.
December 8, 7 p.m. Wildfires in Montana: Past, Present and Future with Dave McWethy
December 14, 7 p.m. ***SPECIAL EVENT*** Co-sponsored by Sacajawea Audubon and MNPS Valley of Flowers chapter. Doug Tallamy, professor at University of Delaware and bestselling author of “Bringing Nature Home” and “Nature’s Best Hope,” will speak on the importance of using native plants in our landscaping to support birds, insects and other wildlife. A recording of this talk is now available here. You can also learn more about Dr. Tallamy’s work here.
January 12, 7 p.m. Foraging for Edible Plants with Thomas Elpel. A recording of a similar talk is available here. You may also want to check out Swan Valley Connections’ recent program with ethnobotanist Rose Bear Don’t Walk here.
February 9, 7 p.m. The Whitebark Pine Story; from thriving keystone to ESA candidate species with Diana Tomback, University of Colorado at Denver. Due to hacking of our Zoom program, we only have a short recording for a portion of Diana Tomback’s Whitebark Pine Story here. We recommend you also visit the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation to learn more. And here is a video showing Diana’s full Powerpoint slide program. The slides advance quickly, so viewers will need to hit pause while they read the slide text.
March 9, 7 p.m. Landscaping for Birds with Paulette Epple
April 13, 7 p.m. Thirty Years of Open Data Collection – An Overview of Flora Data Collection of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Yellowstone with Jake White and Jarrett Jamison
The Valley Flowers Chapter maintains a native-plant garden in central Bozeman, to demonstrate the principles of gardening to benefit pollinators. Here is a fact sheet about the garden.
Field Trip Report
On a May day a while back, 9 curious folk joined Jeff Copeland to see what was in bloom in the foothills east of Bozeman. Quite a lot, as it turned out – Denise Montgomery compiled a list of 48 bloomers, nearly all of which the collective brain was able to identify to species. Chapter members look forward to these field trips, and newcomers are very welcome!
BLOOMS OF MOUNT ELLIS TRAIL – GALLATIN COUNTY, MONTANA
MAY 23, 2015
BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
Amelanchier alnifolia – Serviceberry
Anemone multifida – Cut-leaf Anemone
Anemone patens (Pulsitilla patens) – Pasque Flower
Antennaria microphylla rosea – Rosy pussytoes
Antennaria microphylla – Pussytoes
Arabis lyallii – Lyall’s Rockcress
Arnica cordifolia – Heartleaf Arnica
Balsamorhiza sagittata – Arrowleaf balsamroot
Castilleja suphurea – Sulphur Paintbrush
Cerastium sp. – Chickweed
Claytonia sp. – Spring beauty
Clematis hirsuitissima – Sugar Bowl Clematis
Clematis occidentalis – Western Blue Virgin’s Bower
Delphinium bicolor – Little Larkspur
Dodecatheon sp. – Shooting Star
Erythronium grandiflorum – Glacier Lily
Fragaria virginiana – Strawberry
Frasera speciosa – Green Gentian/Monument Plant
Fritillaria pudica – Yellow Bells
Geranium viscossisimum – Sticky geranium
Geum triflorum – Prairie smoke
Hackelia floribunda – Many -flowered Stickseed/Forget-me-not
Hydrophyllum capitatum – Ball-headed waterleaf