Eagle and Raptor Counts: Outfit the Hawk Watch Site on Mt. Brown

Eagle and Raptor Counts: Outfit the Hawk Watch Site on Mt. Brown

Glacier National Park boasts one of the most important golden eagle migration routes in North America. Nearly 2,000 golden eagles were recorded migrating past Mount Brown annually from 1994 through 1996. Recent trend data from outside the park, however, indicate...
Black Swifts: The Poster Bird for Climate Change

Black Swifts: The Poster Bird for Climate Change

Black swifts are a bird species considered at highest risk of endangerment due to climate change. They only nest near or behind waterfalls that persist throughout the year. Persistent waterfalls are those fed by melting snowfields and glaciers rather than just spring...
Locate and Monitor Glacier’s Bat Roosts

Locate and Monitor Glacier’s Bat Roosts

Over 6 million bats have died from white-nose syndrome across the Unites States – a disease caused by a fungus – since it was first discovered in a cave in New York in 2006. In 2011, due to concerns about bats and threats to their populations from white-nose...
Preserve Glacier’s Gene Pool for the Future: Native Fish in Quartz Lake

Preserve Glacier’s Gene Pool for the Future: Native Fish in Quartz Lake

This project is partially funded. $50,000 is still needed to fund this project in full. Glacier National Park contains over one-third of the natural lakes that support bull trout across their range, yet it is losing these iconic populations to invasive lake trout....
Glacier’s Mountain Goats: A Barometer of  Climate Change

Glacier’s Mountain Goats: A Barometer of Climate Change

Glacier National Park’s most iconic species, the Mountain Goat, is the subject of ongoing research. The National Park Service approved a plan for a park-wide study, beginning in 2018, to better understand how the goats and their habitat will respond to current climate...
Protect and Monitor Glacier’s Grizzlies

Protect and Monitor Glacier’s Grizzlies

This project is partially funded. $528 is still needed to fund this project in full. Grizzly bears are at the heart of what makes Glacier National Park unique. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon begin to consider delisting the species, and a proposal to...
Track the Movement of Bighorn Sheep with DNA Analysis

Track the Movement of Bighorn Sheep with DNA Analysis

Respiratory disease is the primary threat to bighorn sheep populations in the west, yet little work evaluating the relative contributions of genetics, environment and herd size has been conducted. Glacier’s sheep are one of the only moderately large natural...
Studying the Disappearing Harlequin Ducks

Studying the Disappearing Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks, a small sea duck that migrate inland to breed on white-water streams, have been named a species of concern. They are slow to mature and females only nest on streams where they were born. Nests are increasingly vulnerable to severe stream flows due to...
Studying Huckleberries

Studying Huckleberries

Huckleberries are a keystone species supporting many animals; a charismatic plant species appealing to visitors, a traditional and contemporary human food, and a primary black bear and grizzly bear food. Understanding when, where, how and how many berries develop will...
Golden Eagle and Raptor Migration Counts

Golden Eagle and Raptor Migration Counts

Thanks to Lana & Joe Batts for funding this project in full! Glacier National Park boasts one of the most important golden eagle migration routes in North America. Nearly 2,000 golden eagles were recorded migrating past Mount Brown annually from 1994 through 1996....
Black Swifts

Black Swifts

THIS PROJECT IS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY LANA & JOE BATTS $11,697 still needed for full funding Black swifts are a bird species considered at highest risk of endangerment. They only nest near or behind waterfalls that persist throughout the year. Persistent waterfalls...
Preserving America’s Water Tower

Preserving America’s Water Tower

The loss of glaciers in Glacier National Park is iconic of the global impacts of climate warming in mountain ecosystems. Little is known about how climate change may threaten the unique assemblage of invertebrate species restricted to short sections of cold water...
Glacier’s Mountain Goats

Glacier’s Mountain Goats

Glacier National Park’s most iconic species, the Mountain Goat, is the subject of ongoing research. The National Park Service has recently approved a plan for a park-wide study, beginning in 2018, to better understand how the goats and their habitat will respond to...
Preserving Glacier’s Gene Pool for the Future

Preserving Glacier’s Gene Pool for the Future

When looking at historical photos of Montana, you will often see the “catch of the day” strung along a clothesline with massive bull trout that once existed in abundance in our region. However, the bull trout have since become endangered after the introduction of...
Improve Road & Trail Management

Improve Road & Trail Management

This project will provide essential data to help the park make informed and long-range resource management decisions on some of the biggest road and trail access issues currently confronting Glacier. Many park projects require elevation and topographic data in order...
Wildlife Sighting App

Wildlife Sighting App

This project would help the park and the Glacier Conservancy to work with a local university to develop a smartphone application to allow park visitors and staff to report wildlife sightings in the park. The app will allow visitors to pinpoint animal sightings...
Glacier’s Mountain Goats on Film

Glacier’s Mountain Goats on Film

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mountain goats are an iconic image of Glacier National Park and people travel from all over the world to view these animals. But how is the growing interaction between humans and mountain goats affecting goat ecology and visitor...