Newsline May 8, 2017
Good News! All three ballot referendums passed in the recent ASUM elections.
- EVST Thesis Defense/Portfolio Reviews – Spring 2017.
- EVST’er is Volunteer of the Month at MT Natural History Center.
- EVST alum's online science series wins Webby Award.
- EVST alum has two new publications.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
16th Annual Bear Honoring, May 12-13.
- Help with big Campus Thrift sale (reduce waste & raise money), May 12 and 16.
- Volunteer for Veggies at one of Missoula’s community farms.
- Help Monitor Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, May 9.
- Volunteers needed for 5 Valleys Land Trust banquet (& you get fed!), May 20.
- Contribute to diversity at UM, proposals due May 30.
- Volunteers needed to put up wildlife friendly fencing, June 3.
- Anti-nuclear weapons group is recruiting.
- Exercise your body, mind & spirit with a “Walk Through Time”, May 7-21.
- Climate Science Resources for Teachers: Webinar - May 9.
- Nicky Phear to present at Montana Natural History Center, May 10.
- Pursue your Passion program, apply by May 10.
- Spring Bird trips with 5 Valleys Audubon, May & June.
- Soil Health Workshop offered at Moon-Randolph, May 16.
- Farmer Field Days, May thru September.
- UM offers course in Unmanned Aviation Systems, May 22-26.
- Community Lawn Party on Pesticide Use & Groundwater Protection in Missoula, May 20.
- Native Plant Walk in the Bitterroot, May 24, 29 and 31.
- MT Audubon Bird Tours for 2017!
- Wildlife Ranch Tour in the Bitterroot, May 30.
- Montana Ag Summit, May 31-June 1 in Great Falls.
- Free Workshop on Well Owner Outreach & Well Risk Assessment, June 20.
Jobs and Internships (Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)
- Garden City Harvest has two open positions, apply by May 22.
- Montana Wilderness Association seeks a Trail Steward for summer, apply now.
- The City of Missoula, MT is hiring a Transportation planner.
- Social Science Research Support Position at EPA in Duluth, MN.
- Permaculture Lavender Farm looking for interns.
Mindfulness and Community Building Preschool seeks a Part-time Assistant Director.
- Funding for work on environmental policy and public information, apply now.
- Links to funding for environmental, conservation, sustainability initiatives.
- Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.
- Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.
- Room available in Lower Rattlesnake.
- UM Campus Thrift Sale (link) , May 16.
- Commuter Challenge – Move Sustainably, May 1-14.
- Film documentary of life of bear biologist Chuck Jonkel available.
- Help Garden City Harvest by eating delicious food on May 16.
- Garden plots available in the Bitterroot (Victor).
- CSA shares still available at Youth Farm.
- How can you tell your neighbor you are concerned about pesticides being sprayed on lawns?
- Special Election for Montana’s US House seat is March 25, this fun video reminds you to vote.
- Bob Marshall Music Festival, July 13-16, Seeley Lake.
- AdaptWest publishes new papers exploring environmental diversity data and climate connectivity priority areas.
- Montana Nonprofit Association releases "Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Montana".
Good News! All three ballot referendums passed in the recent ASUM elections.
The ASUM sustainability fee was made mandatory with 60 percent of the vote. Students voted to keep the optional MontPIRG fee, taking 81 percent of the vote. The referendum asking the UM Foundation to divest from fossil fuels passed with 79 percent of the vote. Once again, UM students showed their strong support for sustainability!
EVST Thesis Defense/Portfolio Reviews – Spring 2017.
The following people will be presenting in the following days:
Recognition, Participation, and Distributive Justice: Community-Based Environmental Problem-Solving in Southeast San Francisco and Imperial County, California
Poison in Pink:
Uncovering the Toxic Beauty Industry
Imagine Nation Brewing
Ground Fires: Essays on Land and the Ethics of Scouting
EVST’er is Volunteer of the Month at MT Natural History Center.
Claire Foley, an EVST graduate student studying environmental education, has volunteered with MNHC’s Visiting Naturalists in the Schools program, and interned with their Museum Field Trips program. Over the past few months, Claire has helped lead educational programs while updating MNHC field trip curriculum and creating resources to help teachers integrate visits to MNHC into their classroom lessons. Claire will continue to be a part of the MNHC team, working as a VNS field instructor this spring and later as a summer camp instructor. MNHC says “THANKS, Claire”, and so does EVST!
EVST alum's online science series wins Webby Award.
SciShow was created by internet pioneer/EVST alum Hank Green and features 8-minute torrents of off-beat scientific explanation – based on verifiable research but presented like an ice-breaker at a staff meeting. The six-year-old YouTube science channel won the 2017 People’s Choice Webby award. Unlike other categories reviewed by the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences membership judges, the People’s Choice decision came from actual channel viewers. Read the whole story here. Congratulations Hank!
EVST alum has two new publications.
Congratulation to EVST grad alum Jim Giese 2014 on two recent publications! See his essay “Flight” here, and his feature article “Hunting for Sustainability” in Boone & Crockett’s Fair Chase magazine here. The article is part of a learn-to-hunt program that Jim developed in Tom Roy’s Environmental Organizing class and is now becoming a reality in Montana, with plans to expand soon.
16th Annual Bear Honoring, May 12-13.
The Bear Honoring is Great Bear Foundation’s annual welcoming the bears out of hibernation and celebrating spring! Bear Honoring is a multicultural, two-day event in the tradition of spring bear celebrations that have occurred for thousands of years in cultures around the world. Includes: May 12 (Friday), 6pm, Bearly credible speakers at Greenough Park Picnic Shelter, Missoula; May 13 (Sat) 1:00PM, Bear Walk in Glacier Park, Meet at Avalanche Gate, or Lake McDonald Lodge Parking Lot if the road is not plowed. On Saturday, we’ll head up to Glacier Park to spend the afternoon walking the Park Road, learning about bears and their habitat, and looking for bears in the avalanche chutes. Meet at the Avalanche Gate in the Park at 1:00PM (or, if the road is not yet plowed that far, at Lake MacDonald Lodge). For more info, contact Elissa Chott, Great Bear Foundation.
Help with big Campus Thrift sale (reduce waste & raise money), May 12 and 16.
Shrink that waste footprint! UM will once again offer for sale items donated by students clearing out of the dorms at the end of the semester. Benefits UM sustainability programs. Clothes, books, small appliances, etc. Volunteers needed to collect, sort, help with sale. To volunteer, fill out the Google volunteer form. For more information email Eva or call 406-243-4323. WHEN: Friday, May 12 from 2-6pm (COLLECTION); WHERE: UM Residence Halls: Aber, Jesse, Miller, and Craig Halls (outside). Note that the Thrift Sale is May 16, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Schrieber Gym.
Volunteer for Veggies at one of Missoula’s community farms.
Enjoy the beautiful weather, help grow food in Missoula, and in exchange for your time volunteering, take home some delicious, farm-grown veggies. You can volunteer at any of these farms: PEAS Farm, Next week only, May 8-12 - It's finals week, so the students are gone and there's still TONS of work to do at the farm. Just show up during its hours of operation: Monday-Thursday, 9-12 & 1-4. Larger groups, call or text first, at (406)239-6993. Groups can schedule a Friday volunteer workday, too. Orchard Gardens Farm--Help grow food for the Missoula Food Bank, the prescription vegetables program, and our CSA program. River Road Farm-- Help grow food for the Poverello Center and our CSA program. To volunteer at Orchard Gardens Farm or River Road Farm, just email Garden City Harvest. We'll set you up with the farm of your choice, and talk about when and how often you want to volunteer.
Help Monitor Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, May 9.
Join MPG Ranch and Raptor View Research Institute scientists as we track the spring raptor migration. Volunteers will help observe and identify migrating raptors. Bring binoculars and dress for the spring weather. Be careful of barbed wire, metal or wood, uneven terrain, and other potential hazards. Space is limited to 6 volunteers per trip. RSVP for directions and details or 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: May 9, 11am – 3 pm at MPG Ranch.
Volunteers needed for 5 Valleys Land Trust banquet (& you get fed!), May 20.
This is 5 VLT’s largest annual fundraiser. There are silent, live and fund-a-dream auctions, and 500 guests. 20+ volunteers are needed to handle check in and check out tables and help with silent and live auctions. Volunteers receive dinner, two drink tickets, a Missoula Downtown Association gift card and will leave with the knowledge that they helped conservation work in western Montana. Interested? Please email Lena or call (406) 549-0755. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, May 20th, 4pm - 10pm in the UC Ballroom, UM.
Contribute to diversity at UM, proposals due May 30.
DiverseU is a campus-wide series of events focused on topics of diversity and promoting civil discourse. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are encouraged to discuss, present, perform, and exhibit art throughout November 1-2, 2017. Please consider Submitting a Proposal to Present a Session (panels, forums, performances, etc). The deadline for submitting proposals is Wednesday, May 30, 2017. The proposal form can be found here. If you have any questions regarding your proposal, please contact Proposal Outreach committee chair, Hailey Michelson or student coordinator, Cal Reynolds.
Volunteers needed to put up wildlife friendly fencing, June 3.
Some local wildlife friends plan to build a stretch of wildlife-friendly fencing on Lolo National Forest lands near Evaro Hill. The three-strand fence includes just one strand of barbed wire. The fence will keep cattle out of the LaValle and Marent Creeks, areas heavily used by the North Hills-Evaro Elk Herd. This will assist the local ranch family leasing that area (they share their private land with the elk in winter). Volunteers meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Town Pump on the NW side of Highway 93/I-90 Wye west of Missoula. Look for Bert’s tan Tacoma on the front row of the parking lot facing Highway 93 near the Exxon sign. Volunteers will work until about 1 p.m. then adjourn to a nearby grassy ridge for a Famous Dave's picnic lunch. Volunteers must wear sturdy boots, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring work gloves if you have them (there will be extras). Everyone working with wire must wear glasses, eyeglasses, sunglasses, safety glasses, some kind of eye protection. Fencing wire behaves unpredictably in the presence of volunteers. To volunteer, contact Bert Lindler.
Anti-nuclear weapons group is recruiting.
Global Zero, the international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Global Zero is an international community of leaders, nuclear experts, and passionate young people who understand that nuclear weapons have no place in the 21st century. GZ uses grassroots power and cutting edge policy to mobilize communities across the globe to get the world to zero nukes. GZ is recruiting for year-long activist fellowships, Action Corps, and seeking applications from UM students. Action Corps leaders are at the forefront of the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons, spearheading the campaign in their campuses and communities. Action Corps leaders are mentored by Global Zero staff and world-renowned visionaries like General James Cartwright and William Perry as they learn about international policy, work with local and national media, lobby elected officials, gain leadership and campaign skills, and build their own Global Zero chapter to organize against the nuclear threat. More info on this opportunity here.
Exercise your body, mind & spirit with a “Walk Through Time”, May 7-21.
You may recall that part of the “Walk Through Time” exhibit was displayed on the UM Oval during Earth Week. The ENTIRE "Walk Through Time" Exhibit will be available for viewing from May 7-21, down in Hamilton at the Council on Aging property (310 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton -- about 1/2 mile north of the fairgrounds). Almost 100 beautiful panels depict the formation and transformation of our solar system, Earth and life on Earth. Created for Earth Day 1997, the exhibit was envisioned by physicist Sidney Liebes of HP labs and created with the help of artists and creative writers. The panels in the exhibit are set up to represent the passage of time (every foot in distance between the panels = 1 million years). The experience of walking through millions of years, from star dust to us, helps you realize that we are part of an awesome, miraculous explosion of life on planet Earth. Hadn't we better take good care of it? Questions? Call Jill at 642-3601.
Climate Science Resources for Teachers: Webinar - May 9.
Join Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) for an overview of climate science resources available to Montana educators. In this interactive presentation, K-12 teachers, future teachers, and out-of-school educators will learn about the Montana Climate Assessment and the CLiMB (Climate In My Backyard) educational outreach program that will help teachers bring climate science into the classroom. Feel free to bring your thoughts and ideas on teaching climate science. The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. Please Register here. WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 4pm to 4:45pm MDT.
Nicky Phear to present at Montana Natural History Center, May 10.
Nicky Phear, Climate Change Studies Program Director, will present ‘The Next Generation of Climate Change: Students and Solutions’. Learn about inspiring student projects and how college students are reacting to climate change. WHEN\WHERE: May 10 at 7pm; Missoula Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Registration and cost: visit www.MontanaNaturalist.org for more information. Students free!
Pursue your Passion program, apply by May 10.
All continuing students are invited to apply for the 2017-2018 Pursue Your Passion program by Wednesday, May 10. The program begins Autumn 2017. Apply online today. Pursue Your Passion is designed to help participants direct their passion into an organization (business, nonprofit, service, or other projects). It includes two keynote speaking events, monthly meetings with peers and local entrepreneurs, and personalized mentoring. This two-semester program meets once per month and is designed to inspire students to pursue their passion. There is an intensive, weekend retreat for program participants that incorporates keynote speakers, mentors, and curriculum to spark the passion process. Whether you are working on academic research, digital creativity, sustainability, a business/nonprofit idea, and beyond- this program might be well-suited for you to explore your full potential.
Spring Bird trips with 5 Valleys Audubon, May & June.
May 13 - All day trip to UM’s Bandy Ranch near Ovando. Meet in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot at 7:50am; May 20 - Bird walk at Metcalf Refuge in Bitterroot (10-noon). Meet at Refuge’s Visitors Center; May 20-21 – 2-day trip to Freezeout Lake & Rocky Mountain Front. Meet in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot at 7am; June 3-4 – 2-day trip to Bannack area. Meet in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot at 7am. Questions about field trips? Contact us here or call 549-5632.
Soil Health Workshop offered at Moon-Randolph, May 16.
This spring, the Moon-Randolph Homestead is teaming up with Missoula County Extension Agent Seth Swanson to bring you a soil health workshop that covers basic soil science, soil testing, soil test interpretation, and soil building techniques. This workshop is for the curious and intrepid gardener working at any scale, large or small. Tuesday, May 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. FREE and open to the public. Parking at the Homestead, 1515 Spurlock Rd in Missoula. Contact us here for additional information.
Farmer Field Days, May thru September.
The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition and Farm Link Montana are excited to announce the lineup for Farmer Field Days 2017. This season's lineup highlights marketing approaches from unique products to handling and processing techniques. The Farmer Field days are a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look, get answers from farmers who have done it before and network with other beginning farmers and ranchers. Field Days will be the 3rd Wednesday of each month, from May through September. Prepare a dish and join us for the potluck at the end of each event. Check out the lineup below: May 17: Value Added Products to Diversify Farm Marketing, Lower Crossing Farm, St. Ignatius. June 21: Grazing Management for Soil Health, Oxbow Cattle Company, Lolo. July 19: Efficient Harvest and Post-Harvest Handling, Harlequin Organic Produce, Arlee. August 16: Small-Scale Cut Flower Production & Marketing, Mighty Fine Farm, Missoula. September 20: Managing a Cider Apple Orchard, Billingsley Cider Orchard, Stevensville. Our field days are geared toward people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration- farm hands, interns, folks thinking about starting a farm in the near future, and those who are currently in the startup process. Of course, established farmers and ranchers are welcome too! We ask that you RSVP ahead of time so that we can have a good estimate of numbers in advance. For more information and to RSVP, visit us here.
UM offers course in Unmanned Aviation Systems, May 22-26.
The UM Autonomous Aerial Systems Office and Sands Unmanned Aviation Training of Kalispell will team up to offer a Basic Unmanned Aviation Systems Training Course next month. Held on the UM campus May 22-26, the intensive training provides ground instruction, hands-on flight instruction with small quadcopters, preparation for FAA licensing, and an overview of GIS and sensor applications. Unmanned aviation vehicles (sometimes called drones) are now used extensively in wildlife research, monitoring restoration projects, and fires, etc. More info here.
There will be lawn games, kid’s activities, speakers, and open mic. All welcome. Free. For more info, call 406-396-2124. Hosted by UM Chapter of AERO. For more info, call 406-396-2124. WHEN/WHERE: May 20, noon to 3pm on the Missoula County Courthouse lawn, 200 W. Broadway.
Native Plant Walk in the Bitterroot, May 24, 29, and 31.
Join MPG Ranch for a native plant walk led by our staff botanist. Bring a camera! Be prepared to hike in the spring weather. Be careful of barbed wire, metal or wood, uneven terrain, and other potential hazards. RSVP for each event to get directions and details or call 406-396-6285. WHEN: 5/24 and 5/29, 1pm-4:30pm and 5/31, 10am-1:30pm.
MT Audubon Bird Tours for 2017!
Got a rich uncle or aunt wondering what to give you as a present? Montana Audubon is offering two remarkable birding tours this coming year, featuring some of the most wild and iconic landscapes in Montana: The Centennial Valley and the Rocky Mountain Front. Both tours will immerse participants in the birds and natural history of each area for an unforgettable experience! Space is limited! Click here to learn more or reserve your spot! You may also reach us at 406.443.3949 or by email. Centennial Valley-Red Rock Lakes: May 26 - 28, 2017; Rocky Mountain Front: June 15 - 17, 2017.
Wildlife Ranch Tour in the Bitterroot, May 30.
Visit MPG Ranch to learn about our current projects and long-term goals. Driving tour is limited to accessible roads and by weather. Plan to spend some time walking and dress for the weather. Be careful of barbed wire, metal or wood, uneven terrain, and other potential hazards. Tour is limited to 6 participants. RSVP to get directions and details. or call 406-396-6285.
Montana Ag Summit, May 31-June 1 in Great Falls.
Free Workshop on Well Owner Outreach & Well Risk Assessment, June 20.
Workshop covers how to engage & educate private well owners and how to assess a well or spring to determine its risk for contamination. Please read this flyer for more information and REGISTER ONLINE. Sponsored by MT Env. Health Association. Questions: Contact email@example.com. WHEN/WHERE: June 20, 8 am to noon; Missoula Health Department room 210, 301 W. Alder.
Garden City Harvest has two open positions, apply by May 22.
Community Gardens Outreach Coordinator: This position works in a tight knit team environment of Community Garden staff and volunteers. The work includes organizing and empowering volunteer leaders at each of our 10 gardens and fostering community at the gardens thorough effective outreach, education, and communication. This job is a wonderful blend of outdoor work, assisting the operations coordinator, and indoor work coordinating gardeners, garden leadership volunteers, and organizing events. Application deadline: May 22, 2017. To apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Genevieve Jessop Marsh. More information: Full job description. Youth Harvest Internship: This is a therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. Up to ten youth are employed each growing season to perform daily farm tasks, operate a mobile market at senior residences, and serve at the local food bank. Includes $500 stipend; college credit is available. Application deadline: May 23, 2017. To apply: send your resume and cover letter to Tami McDaniel. More information: Full job description.
Montana Wilderness Association seeks a Trail Steward for summer, apply now.
Compensation: $8.50/hour, June 19th to August 26th, 2017 (10 weeks). Classification: Temporary, Non-Exempt (internship/college credit options available). Location: Whitefish, MT and backcountry settings. Duties: The Trail Steward assists in volunteer trail projects throughout the state of Montana, along the CDNST and in MWA campaign areas. The Trail Steward will work in conjunction with the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other partners to complete successful projects in the field. Full job description found here.
The City of Missoula, MT is hiring a Transportation planner.
For a full job description and application instructions, please visit the City of Missoula website here.
Social Science Research Support Position at EPA in Duluth, MN.
The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for an EPA Social Science Research Support position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s facility in Duluth, Minnesota. For the full position description and to apply, visit our website.
Permaculture Lavender Farm looking for interns.
To see complete posting on this opportunity, please see this document.
Mindfulness and Community Building Preschool seeks a Part-time Assistant Director.
The Missoula Community School near downtown Missoula seeks a 20 hour/week Assistant Director. She/He will be primarily responsible for planning and executing fund development at MCS, and supervising Extended Care staff. She/He will initiate and implement a fund development strategy, encompassing brand identity, cause-related marketing and alumni relations. The AD is committed to the growth and development of MCS as well as committed to maintaining relationships with friends of the school. In addition, the AD will be responsible for maintaining high quality and consistency across Extended Care programs, including Before Care, After Care, Summer Care and Interim Care. The AD will supervise Extended Care staff, ensuring quality program delivery, complying with licensing regulations, providing curriculum support and professional development for Extended Care staff in accordance with the mission of MCS. The AD will carry out strategies and goals established by the Executive Director, encouraging a supportive and reflective environment. She/He is a passionate leader who is community orientated with long-range vision and is committed to the mission and high standards of the Missoula Community School. For more information, including a detailed job description and information on how to apply, visit the employment section of our website or contact Kristal Burns.
Funding for work on environmental policy and public information, apply now.
The SEAL Awards (a brand new private grant-maker) is now giving out grants up to $5,000 (average is $1000) to grad students working on advancing environmental policy and/or the public’s understanding of an environmental issue. You can read about the new SEAL Awards here.
Links to funding for environmental, conservation, sustainability initiatives.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area Department of Agriculture
Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
Aquatic Invasive Species Grants – Call for Applications
Ranching for Rivers Program Applications Open
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area
Singing for Change: Grants for Grassroots Organizations
Cinnabar Foundation Special Projects Grants
Grants for Environmental Protection, Maki Foundation
Patagonia Environmental Grants
Local Food Promotion Program
Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.
Hello, I’m a new EVST Grad student and I am looking for roommates (preferably female grad students) to room with. I am hoping to start a lease in mid-August with an apartment close to campus and would like to spend under $450/mo. Please contact Meghan if interested.
Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.
Looking for a place around mid-July. That is when I will be moving out to Missoula from the East Coast to work on PEAS farm until school begins. I want a place within walking distance to school and close to downtown. My price range is ideally no more than $450 a month but I am flexible. I love to go hiking/camping, see live music and to cook. I'm looking for like-minded people to share a fun social home with, but that also respect quiet time and very busy schedules. Email or text me if you are interested! Email Dara or call 516-578-0708.
Room available in Lower Rattlesnake.
We are looking for a third roommate to sublet for the summer in a lovely and fun home located on Missoula Avenue. The home has three bedrooms, awesome windows looking out into the Bugbee Nature Preserve, a sweet kitchen, a fenced backyard with a shed for storage, and great vibes. It also has a washer and dryer, a sun-drenched back porch, a grill, and a weed patch that could be a garden! Right now, we consist of a lovely lady who is a recent EVST post grad, a current EVST grad student (she is vacating her room for the summer), and an awesome 20-something dude who loves being outside and fly fishing! Rent is $440 per month plus utilities (around $40). Move-in date is sometime around May 15th to the 20th (but we're flexible). Email Lauren for pictures and more details!
UM Campus Thrift Sale (link) , May 16.
Shrink that waste footprint! UM will once again offer for sale items donated by students clearing out of the dorms at the end of the semester. Benefits UM sustainability programs. Clothes, books, small appliances, etc. Volunteers needed to collect, sort, help with sale. To volunteer, fill out the Google volunteer form. For more information email Eva or call 406-243-4323. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, May 16 from 9am to 2pm at UM Schrieber Gym.
Commuter Challenge – Move Sustainably, May 1-14.
Missoula in Motion helps everyone find more sustainable transportation options. And challenges commuters to try more sustainable travel during the Commuter Challenge (May 14). See info here. Register for the commuter challenge and win prizes while saving fossil fuels and getting fit.
Film documentary of life of bear biologist Chuck Jonkel available.
Walking Bear Comes Home—the life of bear biologist Chuck Jonkel is available as a DVD or as a digital download. Proceeds benefit the Great Bear Foundation which works for bear conservation. Documentary can be purchased at their website.
Help Garden City Harvest by eating delicious food on May 16.
Caffe Dolce will give 15% of their proceeds to Garden City Harvest on the night of Tuesday, May 16. Make your reservations online or call 406-830-3055 x3. Reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. This is a nonprofit night that raises serious dough for organizations. Check the event out on Facebook.
Garden plots available in the Bitterroot (Victor).
If you live near Victor, MT & want a garden, there are 35 - 20' x 20' plots with great sun exposure surrounded by a deer proof fence. We provide compost, mulch, tools and have an automated watering system that waters every night. We require organic methods. The fee for a plot is $35 for the whole season (year). The garden is located on 5th, just west of Victor. Do you grow some of your own food? Call Jill 642-3601 for a registration form.
CSA shares still available at Youth Farm.
Plenty of half and full shares are available at Garden City Harvest’s Youth Farm. When you come to pick up your share, you can wander the fields, pick flowers, discover where and how your food is grown. Give youth living in care of Youth Homes the meaningful opportunity to grow your produce, learn about sustainable farming, and serve you. Pickups begin in just a few short weeks. Sign up online, make sure you've paid the deposit to secure your share, then stay tuned 'til June when your weekly pick-ups begin!
How can you tell your neighbor you are concerned about pesticides being sprayed on lawns?
Beyond Pesticides offers up to 25 free doorhangers with message about the risk and alternatives to spraying.
Special Election for Montana’s US House seat is March 25, this fun video reminds you to vote.
Enjoy this dance video of local dancers reminding you to vote on March 25. Choreographed by retired UM dance professor Amy Ragsdale, HERE'S THE YOUTUBE LINK. More videos to come! For more info on the election, getting registered, where to vote, etc, contact Forward Montana Foundation (nonpartisan nonprofit focused on getting out the youth vote). 406-542-VOTE.
Bob Marshall Music Festival, July 13-16, Seeley Lake.
In addition to music there’s: camping, mountain bike races, paddleboard race, running races, group hikes, food, drink, kid’s activities. More info at The Bob Music.
AdaptWest publishes new papers exploring environmental diversity data and climate connectivity priority areas.
The team at AdaptWest created two new pages that analyze climate data. The first page, "Environmental diversity data for North America," explores datasets that represent different types of environmental diversity metrics that can be used to help identify climate change refugia. Some approaches to identifying areas that will be refuges for biodiversity under climate change are based on predicting future climate. Other approaches use only information on the current environment, finding areas where there are steep elevation gradients or other factors which might allow species to find climate refuges nearby. To learn more about the different approaches, and how AdaptWest combined data to identify conservation priorities, click here. The second paper shows datasets that represent potential movement routes of organisms which will need to shift their range in response to climate change. Conserving areas which hold a high number of potential movement routes can help facilitate range shifts, reducing loss of biodiversity as climate changes. To learn more click here.
Montana Nonprofit Association releases "Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Montana".
Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Montana is a comprehensive guide that sets forth principles, as well as legally required and organizationally recommended practices for all aspects of nonprofit leadership and management. In order to introduce and highlight this new document MNA will be holding events in towns across the state. To see if there will be an event near you, and to learn more about the publication, click here.