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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.

 

Massage Mondays at the Historic Tamarack Lodge

June 30th, 2014 by teresa

Take time-out of your day for massage mondays!Take a time-out and relax with a chair massage on the deck.  Join John Ellis of Tapas Massage every Monday evening from 5pm (donations accepted) at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins:

‘To be able to take tension out of people’s lives and make them feel better, and hopefully help them achieve a better quality of life, is very rewarding.  Taking care of our bodies and listening to what they are telling us, that is what we are supposed to do.’

It’s a great way to relax and unwind after travel and before enjoying drinks and dinner at our saloon and restaurant.

John is also available for table massage at your cabin and specializes in:

Swedish Massage – for relaxation and wellness;

Neuromuscular Massage – for injury and chronic pain;

You can reach him at: 406-260-8826 to make an appointment at your convenience.

Glacier National Park – Apgar Visitor Center Relocates

May 13th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park LodgingThe Glacier National Park Apgar Visitor Center operation is relocating to the existing Apgar Transit Center facility, and will begin daily operations Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   

The new location will be identified as the Apgar Visitor Center and will provide visitor information services, pick-up and drop-off services for the park’s shuttle system and concession-operated tour and transportation services, retail sales managed by the Glacier National Park Conservancy and restroom facilities.  The building is recognized as LEED Gold Certified.    The new location of the Apgar Visitor Center is located at the t-intersection approximately one mile north of the West Entrance Station on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. 

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is assisting with the relocation.  Superintendent Jeff Mow said, “The Conservancy has been instrumental in working with their donors to provide engineering and design expertise, materials and labor to retrofit the facility to serve as the Apgar Visitor Center.”  Mow said he was impressed with the assistance from several local and regional businesses and appreciates the Conservancy’s leadership with this project.”  

The small building that housed the visitor center in Apgar Village will have public restroom facilities available, but the main building will be closed. An analysis to determine the future use of that facility will begin later this year.

The park’s general management plan (1999) identified the construction of a West-side Discovery Center and Museum, but a lack of funding prevented such a facility.  In 2007, the Apgar Transit Center was constructed to serve as a transit staging area and facilitate visitor access and orientation along the Going-to-the-Sun Road during road rehabilitation.  It has been the park’s intention to relocate the existing west-side visitor center operations from Apgar Village to this area.  To accommodate increased visitor use at the site, the parking area is being expanded, per an environmental assessment completed in 2012.

The park hosts three visitor centers, Apgar, St. Mary and Logan Pass.  The opening and closing dates and times are as follows:

      
Apgar Visitor Center  May 17 – June 13

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 June 14 – September 1

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 September 2- October 5

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 6 – Spring 2015

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday/Sunday Only

Logan Pass Visitor Center As snow and road conditions allow – September 1

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

September 2 – September 21

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

St. Mary Visitor Center May 24 – June 28

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 29 – August 16

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

August 17 – October 5

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Plan your stay

May 10th, 2014 by teresa

Book your activities at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and CabinsAre you stuck for ideas for activities during your stay?  Spoilt for choice and no idea how to select the best activity for you? Just don’t have the time to coordinate booking your adventures in Glacier National Park?

We can help!

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and strive to take care of the details so that you can relax and make memories.

Let our in-house guides and activity co-ordinators take the stress off by planning your itinerary for you.  Even better, let them be your guides for the day and ensure you are transported to your chosen activity, guided through the experience, and returned back to your lodging at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins to tell us all about it!

Simply visit with the guides in the lodge on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or join them for interpretive talks and stories from the backcountry around the campfire on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

If they are out on adventures with other guests, you can drop them a line via email to greg@glacieradventureguides.com or leave a voicemail at (406)871-2162.  They’ll be sure to contact you as soon as they are able.

You can also ask our Front Desk staff for suggestions for suitable hikes, places of interest, and for discounted opportunities with local outfitters.  They will be happy to help!

International Migratory Bird Day 2014 at the National Bison Range

May 7th, 2014 by teresa

Bison cow and calf.DaveF.4.18.14Learn Why Birds Matter at the National Bison Range

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2014 at the National Bison Range on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  This year’s theme, “Why Birds Matter”, focuses on the benefits of birds to humans and nature. We will share the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us.

Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to revegetate disturbed areas. Others help with pollination, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees, and shrubs. And beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts. For example, Amadeus Mozart had a pet starling that motivated the opening theme of the Third Movement of his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G.

As usual, the BIG event of Bird Day is the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season, weather and road conditions permitting, of course.  This is a 19-mile, one-way gravel road which climbs 2,000 feet to the high point of the Range.  Because it travels through a variety of habitats, including grassland and forest, the scenic drive is a great place to see a broad spectrum of birds which have migrated back for the nesting season.

For those who are new to birdwatching, or those just wanting to dust off the winter cobwebs, the Refuge will conduct a Beginning Bird Walk early on Saturday morning.  The group will take an easy stroll around the Nature Trail to see which birds have completed their migration and have returned for the season.  We will also hold a Backcountry Birding Adventure along some of the back roads of the Refuge.  Both activities have limited space and will require registration. Call the office at 406/644-2211 extension 207 to register and get details about meeting place and times.

Wildlife photographer Donald M Jones will be available from noon to 2 p.m. to autograph his wildlife books, including “Buffalo Country; America’s National Bison Range”.  And at 5:30 p.m. he will lead a wildlife photography trip (registration required).  Additional activities for the day include special bird games, bird videos, trivia contests, tips and tidbits, coloring pages, and free posters.

Other walks and activities may be added at a later date so check out our new website atwww.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range.  And these trips have limited space so preregistration is required.

The Refuge and its scenic drives will open at 6:30 a.m. and the Visitor Center opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Visitors coming in the evening will need to start Red Sleep Mountain Drive by 6 p.m. to complete the trip before the Refuge closes as dark.  All Bird Day events are free but fees are charged for the scenic drives.

International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America.  For more information about migratory birds and about events happening throughout the nation, you can check the website at http://www.birdday.org/birday.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region via our Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/USFWSMountainPrairie, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/USFWSMtnPrairie, download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/51986662@N05, and watch our YouTube Channel athttp://www.youtube.com/usfws.

- FWS -

Pat Jamieson

Outdoor Recreation Planner

NATIONAL BISON RANGE

58355 Bison Range Rd, Moiese, MT  59824

406-644-2211 ext 207

Check out our new website at www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range

Things to do in the Glacier National Park area..

May 6th, 2014 by teresa

We highly recommend the nearby Lion Lake as a great picnic spot.  Swim, sunbathe or take a short hike around the perimeter.  Its close enough to bike ride, so why not hire a fishing pole and bike from our Front Desk and make a day of it?

Things to Do in the Glacier National Park Area

Things to do in Glacier National Park

April 9th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park Family VacationThe Glacier Institute is proud to receive the Flathead Conservation District’s recent grant which has been designated for new aquatics gear for the Big Creek Discovery School. The Institute has utilized the grant funds to purchase hip waders, life jackets, microscopes, pH/temperature testers, dissolved oxygen meters and new aquatic nets, all of which will enhance the aquatics program. 

 “We are excited to take our Aquatics Program to the next level with the addition of this new equipment,” states Tyler McRae, Big Creek’s Program Director. “Thanks to the Flathead Conservation District, boxes of great new resources have arrived to enhance outdoor learning experiences for our youth! This would not have been possible without the receipt of this generous grant.”

Solely dedicated to education, the Glacier Institute serves adults and children as an educational leader in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, emphasizing outreach and field-based learning experiences; the non-profit Institute provides an objective and science-based understanding of the area’s ecosystem and it interactions with people. Marking its 31st year of educational programs, the Glacier Institute is a long-time educational partner with Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Flathead Valley Community College. The Institute offers family programs, youth science adventure camps, Discovery School at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center and adult educational programs. The Institute has never turned away a child who has requested an educational scholarship and has welcomed over 28,000 Flathead Valley elementary school children to its Discovery School three-day immersion learning program at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center.

To register and gain more information on course, other courses, projects and activities of the Glacier Institute please call (406) 755-1211 or visit online at www.glacierinstitute.org.

 

Glacier National Park Vacations 2014

February 4th, 2014 by teresa

300x218Make Glacier National Park, Montana your Summer 2014 destination and stay with the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins for the vacation of a lifetime.

Known for our year-round outstanding hospitality, clean and comfortable cabins & lodge rooms and affordable lodging rates, the Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins is situated in a spectacular scenic mountain valley in the midst of the Montana Rockies just minutes from the west entrance to Glacier National Park and a convenient drive from nearby Bigfork, Flathead Lake, Lakeside, Kalispell, Whitefish and West Glacier, Montana.

The Main Lodge–originally built in 1907 provides classic ambiance with modern amenities, 3400 square feet of rustic charm and still boasts its original over-sized natural stone fireplace and lodgepole pine architecture.  Refurbished in 2013, the lodge now provides four lodge rooms with attached baths, allocated parking and 24 hour access to the lodge Great Room.

All our guests are welcome to relax and enjoy the Great Room.  Enjoy an espresso from our guest coffee bar, plan your day with access to maps and guidebooks on the area, or browse our gift shop for that perfect Made in Montana item to remind you of your stay.

Use our ‘Plan your Stay’ section of our website to discover area attractions, driving tours and activity suggestions prior to your trip or ask our staff on arrival for all the latest local info and trail advice.

We work closely with local outfitters to bring you great deals and discounts on year-round activities including whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling and guided snowshoe/xc ski tours.  Sign up to our newsletter or check our Specials page for the latest offers.

Enjoy a day’s adventure and return to enjoy our spacious picnic areas.  Take advantage of our grills to enjoy dinner al fresco and finish up with smores and stories around the firepit.

Enjoy the classic ambiance of mountain living with all the modern amenities of home when you make us your Glacier National Park lodging choice.

Check availability and book today!

Glacier National Park Lodging

January 16th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park lodge and cabins

Glacier National Park lodge and cabins

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is located only 8 miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park.  We offer a range of lodging choices including: newly refurbished lodge rooms located on the upper level of our 100 year old Glacier National Park lodge; practical and cost-effective motel-style unit cabin; and full-size private cabins.  If you are looking for a Glacier National Park experience full of the ambience of true mountain living with the added benefits of modern amenities such as daily housekeeping, wifi, and satellite tv we can help!

All our accommodations have been carefully designed for our guest’s comfort and satisfaction whatever the season.  We pride ourselves on our hospitality and on providing attention to detail such as ceiling fans, locally crafted furniture, and iPod docks.  Outside we provide grills and picnic areas with features such as an outdoor pavilion, fire pit and horseshoes.  Our property is designed for convenient parking that does not disturb your enjoyment of our backyard and wider environment.

We work with local outfitters to give our guests quality local activities throughout the year at discount prices.  Choose from whitewater rafting, fishing and horseback riding in the summer months, or snowmobiling, snowshoeing and xc skiing in the winter.

Whatever your ideal Glacier National Park adventure, we can provide you with a comfortable and convenient base camp for making memories that last a lifetime.

Check availability and book today to secure your choice of lodging and great rates!

Glacier National Park – Winter Snowshoe Walks

January 10th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Glacier National Park

Enjoy free, two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions into the park’s winter environment every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11  through Saturday, March 22 2014

Where: Apgar Visitor Center
Who:  suitable for varying ages and abilities, but not recommended for children under age 6.
How: bring snowshoes (or rent at the Apgar Visitor Center),wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers, and bring water and snacks.

*Park entrance fees are required.  

The snowshoe walks are presented in partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy.  The Conservancy is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park,  providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach.

Please contact the park at 406-888-7800 for general information regarding the ranger-led snowshoe walks.

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