(Missoula, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:
What: Salmon Lake State Park Summer Speakers Series Programs July 21-Aug. 4. All programs are free of charge.
When: Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Where: Salmon Lake State Park, located five miles south of Seeley Lake.
July 21 Mountain Lions
Wildlife Management Specialist, Bob Wiesner, of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, will introduce Montana’s mountain lion—the big cat of the Rockies. Montana’s mountain lions are seldom spotted in the outdoors but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. These big cats are very secretive and amazing predators. Wiesner will talk about the daily life of a mountain lion, what it takes for them to “earn a living” in the Rocky Mountains and how to best share the outdoors and be safe in lion country.
July 28 Native Wildlife
Salmon Lake State Park is surrounded by some of the most spectacular wildlife habitat in the continental U.S. The wildlife education group, Animal Wonders, a nonprofit organization located in Western Montana, will introduce participants to some of the wildlife species of the Salmon Lake State Park area. Animal Wonders’ wildlife educators will be accompanied by a variety of ambassador wildlife species.
Aug. 4 Buffalo Hunter Vic Smith
Veteran presenter Arch Ellwein, independent scholar and actor from Sidney, brings Buffalo Hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith (1850-1925) to life in a poignant, humorous portrayal set in 1900. Victor Grant Smith was an army scout and dispatch rider, trapper, hunter, trick shot artist and storyteller. Ellwein bases his portrayal on accounts in Smith’s memoirs of times he spent with the likes of George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt.
Salmon Lake State Park, adjacent to Montana 83 in Western Montana, is an access point to one of the beautiful lakes in the Clearwater River chain of lakes. Plan to fish, picnic, launch your boat, and water-ski in this woodland setting of western larch, ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) nearly 42,000 people visited Salmon Lake State Park.
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