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New study shows persistence of meltwater biodiversity despite glacier loss  New study shows persistence of meltwater biodiversity despite glacier loss 

UM News Service GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – Glaciers are retreating in Glacier National Park and across the globe due to climate change.  Researchers have long predicted that the shrinkage and disappearance of glaciers will reduce biodiversity in mountain ecosystems as species that live in habitats influenced by glacier meltwater are lost; however, a new study shows that a specialized community of cold-water invertebrates has unexpectedly persisted in the high-elevation streams of Glacier National Park, even in areas de-glaciated since the Little Ice Age, nearly 170 years ago.  The study was led by Clint Muhlfeld, a U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist and associ...

Changes made to tribal moose hunting regulations

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Moose harvest trends over the past 30 years, both within the exterior boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation and elsewhere in western Montana, indicate an overall declining moose population in western Montana.   Factors include mortalities due t...

FWP offers online hunter safety programs for free

News from FWP MONTANA – The COVID-19 pandemic is changing so many parts of life in Montana this year – hunter and bowhunter education is no different.  In response to social distancing requirements and restrictions on group gatherings, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is turning to o...

Ticks emerge as weather warms Ticks emerge as weather warms

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Simply mentioning the word tick instinctively makes people start itching and checking for ticks, but no matter how uncomfortable they make you feel, it is a very important conversation to have.   In Montana, ticks can transmit several tick-borne illnesses to people, such ...

Landowner access program seeking applicants

News from FWP MONTANA – Currently, millions of public land acres in Montana are inaccessible.  Fish Wildlife and Parks’ new Public Lands Access Land Agreement encourages landowners to help open up and improve access to these isolated parcels of state and federal land for hunting and ...

Stream fishing opens May 16

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION — To fish or not to fish? What a silly question. Where can I legally fish is the question.  The Flathead Indian Reservation encompasses over 400 miles of fishing streams and 70,000 acres of lakes. Fishing is open on lakes, ponds, potholes and reservoirs ...

Macman catches biggest perch he’s ever seen Macman catches biggest perch he’s ever seen

News from Dick Zimmer, The Macman It appears that we are closing in on the end of a perch cycle. There is a huge number of incredibly large mature fish, and by large, I mean they are consistently bigger than I’ve ever seen in a lifetime of having fished there. Thirteen inches is not uncommon. &nbs...

New bear-conflict call line developed

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION – A new call line to report non-emergency bear conflicts on the Flathead Indian Reservation is now available.   These calls will be received by the Safety of Dams Program/Natural Resources Department dispatch call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The b...

Still time to register for virtual 5k 

News from Montana’s Big Sky State Games   MONTANA – Montana’s Big Sky State Games, in conjunction with Shape Up Montana, are introducing an exciting new challenge this year called the Shape Up Montana Virtual 5k. Shape Up Montana, a three-month team wellness program, has helped ov...

Bailing twine, birds don’t mix Bailing twine, birds don’t mix

News from CSKT Tribal Wildlife Management Program Spring has finally arrived, which means our migrating birds are beginning to return to the Mission Valley. Osprey in particular return between March and April, some returning from the coast of Mexico, more than 1,500 miles from where they were born. O...

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