Each year, the Big Hole Watershed Committee co-sponsors a Wildlife Speaker Series event with the Wildlife Conservation Society Community Partnerships program. The event is hosted in the Big Hole (often on a local ranch), is free to the public and open to all ages, includes a meal, and focuses on a wildlife species native to the Big Hole watershed. Presentations are interactive and include information on a wildlife species or other relevant wildlife topic.
2018 Wildlife SPeaker Series
The 2018 Wildlife Speaker Series event was held July 25th at the Wise River Community Building. We enjoyed a potluck dinner with main course from Beaverhead Meats in Dillon, and Dave Stagliano, with Montana Biological Survey, told us all about one of Montana’s native species, the Western Pearlshell Mussel. The species and location for the 2019 Wildlife Speaker Series will be announced spring 2019. If you have any suggestions for either species or location, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
About the Wildlife Speaker Series
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Community Partnership Program hosts a Wildlife Speaker Series each summer to increase awareness about our less controversial wildlife and engage with our local community through walks, tours, and presentations. WCS joins with local conservation groups to share interesting wildlife facts at local historical and conservation oriented venues. These events provide a social opportunity for learning and foster relationships with community members and wildlife experts. To learn more about the Wildlife Speaker Series, click here.
Past Wildlife Speaker Series Events in the Big Hole Watershed
2018 – Western Pearlshell Mussels at the Wise River Community Building. Presenter: Dave Stagliano, Montana Biological Survey
2017 – Wolverines at Great Waters Inn, Melrose. Presenter: Kris Inman, Wildlife Conservation Society
2016 – Reptiles & Amphibians at the Hagenbarth Ranch, Glen. Presenter: Matt Bell, Montana Land Reliance
2015 – Bat Walk at the Kalsta Ranch, Glen. Presenter: Matt Bell, Montana Land Reliance
2014 – Pelicans
2013 – Birds
The 2016 Wildlife Speaker Series: Big Hole event was held August 3rd at the Hagenbarth Ranch in Glen. Matt Bell from the Montana Land Reliance brought caged frogs, lizards, toads, and snakes and taught us all about the different kinds of reptiles and amphibians in Montana. Over sixty people attended, including several children. A potluck dinner was served, with pulled pork from Beaverhead Meats in Dillon as the main course. BHWC would like to thank everyone who came to the event and everyone who was involved in putting it together, including the WCS – Community Partnerships Program, Beaverhead Meats, and Jim Hagenbarth.
Here are some highlights from the event!