BBSutton

IRLN in  the UniversityMontana and in the Salish Kootenai Campus- Sharing ESRI

Blog Post created by BBSutton on Jul 5, 2018
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 The Environmental and GEO track. IRLN Conference
 
There was a pre-conference event to Flathead Lake, and to Glacier National Park. The conference took place at the University of Montana and the Salish Kootenai Tribal College. I shared resources with them from ESRI particularly Glacial Landforms of the Puget Lowland | Maps We Love 
 
Those of us who love ESRI were delighted to learn about the support and interest in the Flathead Lake. Do you know about the threat of Zebra Mussels? We learned first hand in an environmental discussion about invasive species
 
This is one of the tracks and a paper
 

Flathead Lake is a large natural lake in northwest Montana, and is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area that is west of the source of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States. en.wikipedia.org

  • Location: Lake / Flathead counties, Montana, US
  • Area: 510.23 km²
  • Length: 43935.09 m
  • Width: 24944.832
  • Outflow:Flathead River
  • Inflow:Flathead River

We learned that the Montana Geographic Alliance had spent time at Flathead Lake.

Here is our hostess.

 

We reviewed the biological history of Flathead Lake.

A current concern is the Zebra Mussel. It is an invasive species in the US.

What problems can they cause?

Zebra mussels can:

  •   clog irrigation intakes and other pipes,
  •   attach to boat motors and boat hulls, reducing performance and efficiency,
  • attach to rocks, swim rafts and ladders where swimmers can cut their feet on the mussel shells,
  •  attach to and smother native mussels, and
  •  eat tiny food particles that they filter out of the water, which can reduce available food for larval fish and other animals, and cause more aquatic vegetation to grow as a result of increased water clarity. A lively discussion was of interest to all.

Then we went to Glacier National Park. We had lunch by the Lake and we chose one of

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 Going there? Our visit was short but wonderful.

Visitors to Glacier National Park will be treated to all kinds of amazing scenery, from jagged peaks to mirror lakes to wide blue skies. This scenery can be enjoyed on a drive, from a boat, during a hike, or while sitting on the porch at one of the park's historic lodges. Because Glacier National Park preserves a convergence of different ecosystems, varying in moisture and elevation, the views are diverse and ever changing.

Glacier National Park is part of Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park, which was designated a World Heritage Site in 1995. The World Heritage Site designation recognizes places that are considered natural or cultural treasures of the entire planet.

 

 
 As a global group we talked climate change, investigated the invasive zebra mussel and the Montana concerns and ways of trying to prevent the spread of this invasive species.
We explored some parts of Glacial National Park/
 This is a fascinating drive.

 

 
 #Zebra GIS@#@

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