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Winter Ecology in Glacier National Park

November 30th, 2014 by teresa

 

side-activities7Experience the beauty and stillness of Glacier National Park in Winter.  Stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, the closest lodging to the park that stays open year round.  Our facility is fully prepared to handle all four seasons in Montana.  Enjoy an espresso in front of our original stone fireplace and warm your toes after spending a day snowshoeing with the Glacier Institute on their Winter Ecology course as described below:

 ‘Winter in Glacier is a special time that is free of crowds, exceptionally quiet, and beautiful beyond belief.  In this course, we will explore the Lower McDonald Creek area to learn how plants and animals adapt to survive winter in Glacier National Park.   This course focuses on the adaptations of evergreen trees, shrubs, and forbs that allow them so survive Glacier’s harsh winter challenges.  We will also focus on the adaptations of a few selected animals and birds that Field Ecologist Brian Baxter has studied in winter.  

These animals include:  Snowshoe hare; Canadian lynx; White tailed Ptarmigan; Rocky Mountain Elk; Long tailed weasel; Boreal owl; and Wolverine.  Additional concentration will focus on specialized predator/prey relationships; hunting and escape strategies; camouflages; habits and habitats.

 Brian Baxter, B.S. is a wildlife researcher and forester who spent numerous winters studying animals such as the wolverine, lynx, fisher, and marten.  Brian is an experienced instructor in Glacier National Park that will help you greatly improve your ability to ‘read’ the landscape. So beat the winter blues, bring your camera and sense of humor, and come enjoy winter with a few like-minded folks!

 This trip takes place on December 6th, 2014 for a rate of $65.

 9:00 AM start. Depending on the interests of the group, the course will wrap up between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

 Meeting Place:  The old Apgar visitor center in Glacier National Park, located across the street from Eddie’s Cafe.  This should not be confused with the new Apgar visitor center that is connected to the Apgar transit center. 

Food:  Please bring a sack lunch; trail snacks, and plenty of water.

Equipment:  Please dress appropriately in layers; bring lunch, snacks, water, hot drinks; and provide your own snowshoes (or contact the Institute in advance if you need to borrow a pair).  If we’ve had a light snow year in West Glacier, a good pair of boots will suffice.

Physical Requirements:  Moderate. Hiking distance covers less than four miles with less than 500 feet elevation gain.

 Transportation during course:  After meeting at the old visitor center, participants may need to  drive their own vehicles to the nearby trailhead.

 Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.’

Visit the Glacier Institute website for details and to book.

 

Ecotourism in Glacier National Park

May 2nd, 2014 by teresa

Here at the  Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we take our role as caretakers of the environment very seriously.  In order to reduce the impact of our business on the environment we reduce, reuse and recycle our resources wherever we see an opportunity to do so.

The lodge itself is heated by a geothermal source and lit by energy efficient bulbs.  We use microfibre cloths and non-chemical products wherever possible when housekeeping, and we recycle our used pillows and bedding by donating them to the local animal shelters.  Soap dispensers have been installed in all our accommodations to reduce wastage.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Please use the recycling bins located at various points on our property;
  • Our housekeepers will visit your accommodation daily to replace used towels, empty your trash and restock your coffee and will conduct a full clean on Day 3 of your stay with us.  If you do NOT require housekeeping, please place the sign provided on the outside doorknob of your accommodation;
  • If you think your towels can be used again, please re-use them;
  • Ensure any trash leftover from grilling or picnics is disposed of appropriately;
  • Do not feed the wildlife;

If you see something else we can be doing, let us know!  If you enjoyed your stay let the world know by adding your review to our tripadvisor, google places or bedandbreakfast.com review pages.

We appreciate you choosing us as your Glacier National Park lodging and thank you for partnering with us to ensure we keep the Glacier National Park area pristine wilderness for generations to come.

Glacier National Park Lodging

 

 

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