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.
2019 Wildlife SPeaker Series
The 2019 Wildlife Speaker Series event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th, and will be held at the Divide Grange Hall. It will include a potluck BBQ with main dish, lamb burgers & hamburgers, provided by the Rafter Ranch in Wise River. Kerry Foresman with Montana State University will tell us about a species native to the Big Hole River: the Northern River Otter. This event is free and family-friendly – hope to see you there!
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!