‘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.