Saturday Ranger Programs in February At Lone Pine State Park
By Moosetrack Megan


Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host a series of ranger programs at Lone Pine State Park every Saturday in February.

February is that transitional month in Northwest Montana, where winter begins to taper off and spring is right around the corner. Each Saturday in February, join us for Ranger Programs at Lone Pine State Park to learn more about the wildlife around you and enjoy the winter landscape.

February Ranger Program Schedule:
Saturday, February 3rd – 3:00-4:30 PM     What’s that track? – There are many species of wildlife that use Lone Pine State park as their home.  Knowing the different tracks of wildlife that surrounds you can reduce the potential for conflicts.   This guided snowshoe hike (weather dependent) will give you the tools to successfully identify the different wildlife that use Lone Pine State Park.

Saturday, February 10th – 5:00-6:00 PM    The Hibernators – Well into winter, a lot of wildlife are settled in for the long, cold days and nights.  This Ranger Talk will reveal what wildlife in NW Montana hibernate and the process they go through each year compared to those that migrate.

Saturday, February 17th – 5:00-6:00 PM    The Misunderstood Bat – These flying creatures of the night have a bad reputation.  That reputation has caused populations of bats to be threatened.  In reality these flying mammals have a positive influence on our daily lives. Learn all about the Bats of Montana and how you can help them.

Saturday, February 24th – 5:00-6:00 PM   Who’s Who for Owls? –  Owls are the stealthy predators of the night.  They have unique characteristics that allow them to be excellent hunters. The finale for Ranger Talks in February will help you identify the different species of owls in NW Montana and what makes these predators so special.

For More information call the park visitor center at (406) 755-2706 ext. 2.

What:  Ranger Programs

When:
Saturday February 3rd:     3:00-4:30 PM     What’s that track?
Saturday February 10th:   5:00-6:00 PM     The Hibernators
Saturday February 17th:   5:00-6:00 PM     The Misunderstood Bat
Saturday February 24th:   5:00-6:00 PM     Who’s Who for Owls?

All programs will meet at the parks Visitor Center.

Where: Visitor Center, Lone Pine State Park, 300 Lone Pine Rd, Kalispell, MT
http://stateparks.mt.gov/lone-pine/

Lone Pine State Park is located 5 miles southwest of Kalispell and offers one of the most vivid views of the valley, 7.5 miles of trails, and a beautiful interpretive center that provides information on living in a wildlife urban interface.  Additional amenities include a picnic shelter and a community room, which are both available to rent, as well as a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and an archery range. Furthermore, Lone Pine offers a fantastic variety of educational and interpretive programs.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
stateparks.mt.gov

Contact:
Derrick Rathe
Park Ranger,
Lone Pine State Park
(406) 755-2706, ext. 2
Derrick.Rathe@mt.gov






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