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Kalispell, MT 59903
Of Bears and Berries: Hiking in the Track of the Grizz
Instructor: Dave Streeter
August 12, 2018
Why do grizzlies have that big hump on their back? Why do they choose to climb to the top of 10,000 foot peaks in Glacier National Park? Are black bears or grizzlies better tree climbers? In this course, we will discuss these common questions and many more as we hike through important grizzly habitat and discuss historical events that have helped shape Glacier's present day bear policies. On the trail we will look for bear sign, scat, and feeding opportunities for trail side talks. We will discuss the life cycle of the bear, including mating, reproduction and raising the cubs. Join us, as we have much to learn from the black bears and grizzlies of Glacier.
Meeting Time: Sunday, August 12 at 7:30 AM (The early bird gets to see the critters)
Meeting Place: The Glacier Institute Field Camp Meeting Hall (see campus map)
Food: Please bring a sack lunch, snacks, and at least a liter of water.
Accommodations: Lodging can be purchased for $32/person/night at the Glacier Institute Field Camp on a bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Facilities include bunkhouses, a community bathhouse, a classroom, a library and a kitchen. Please call the registrar at 406-755-1211 to book lodging.
Equipment: Please see basic gear list. “Summer” weather in Glacier’s high country can be really cold and snowy, or hot, windy and dry. Please check the local weather forecast to help you better prepare for the conditions. We may need to hike on some remaining snow patches so wear appropriate footwear. ***Gaiters and hiking poles are highly recommended***
Physical Requirements: Easy 4.5 mile hike, 800 foot gain & loss, quite possibly on some snow. Depending on group interest and abilities, other short hikes may be taken.
Transportation during course: We will be traveling in a Glacier Institute Vehicle.
Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.
Recommended Reading: (all publications are available at the Whitefish Community Library and Flathead County Library):
True Griz – Doug Chadwick - University of California Press c2003
The Kingdom: Wildlife in North America - Doug Chadwick - Sierra Club Books c 1990
Night of the Grizzlies - Josh Olsen - G P Putnam's Sons
Montana Wildflowers Impressions - D Linnell Blank, Farcountry Press c2003
Itinerary (subject to change): After a brief intro at Field Camp, we will take the Institute bus to Logan Pass while discussing the life cycle of the bears including mating, birth, denning and getting fat for winter. We will hike uphill to Hidden Lake Overlook with the hopes of witnessing a bear utilizing early summer food resources at Hidden Lake. After concluding our visit to Logan Pass, we may take other short stops or hikes to round out our view of bears and their relationship with humans and other high country inhabitants. We hope to be back at Field Camp by 3 or 4 PM for a wind down of the "cultural bear in song & stories”, to cap the understanding and celebration of the bear in its home.