Glacier Park to Host 12th Annual Science and History Day

Science and History Day is a great way for the public to hear the latest results from scientists and historians

By Beacon Staff

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park will host the 12th annual Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day on Tuesday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the West Glacier Community Building in Glacier National Park.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the one hour lunch break. Held annually on the fourth Tuesday in July, this event alternates between the two national parks with Glacier hosting in odd years and Waterton Lakes hosting in even years.

Science and History Day is a great way for the public to hear the latest results from scientists and historians carrying out projects in and around the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Topics are presented in a non-technical manner, and are grouped into themes such as aquatic ecosystems, history, and wildlife. Some of the topics for this year include results of research on:  remote camera wildlife monitoring, history of people prior to park establishment, harlequin ducks, five-needle pine restoration, westslope cutthroat trout genetics, native bumblebees, and salamander migration.

“As the world’s first International Peace Park, we have many opportunities to conduct transboundary plant, wildlife, and historical research,” Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow stated. “Glacier National Park is honored to host this year’s Science and History Day and to present some of our research initiatives and results.”

Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent Ifan Thomas noted, “This event is a unique opportunity to hear from park experts about a variety of topics. Joint research initiatives reflect our longstanding spirit of cooperation as the world’s first International Peace Park.”

Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units will be available for Montana teachers who attend this conference. Attendees are reminded that a passport is required for crossing the U.S./Canada Border. A detailed agenda is available at visitor centers in Glacier National Park and at http://www.crownscience.org/getinvolved/outreach/sci-hist.

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