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Naturalist Field Day: Sure Signs of Spring at Lee Metcalf NWR

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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

4567 Wild Fowl Lane

Stevensville, MT 59870

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Join us for a journey to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, where we’ll be discovering and celebrating some sure signs of spring’s arrival in western Montana with naturalist Hobie Hare.

We’ll visit riparian, forested, and grassland habitats for early arrivals such as Mountain Bluebirds, Meadowlarks, and Red-winged Blackbirds, and year-round residents including Downy Woodpeckers, Song Sparrows, and and Bald Eagles. We may even see early spring flowers such as sagebrush buttercups, and we’ll look for signs of mammal species including red squirrels, beavers, deer, and possibly newly-awakened Columbian ground squirrels.

We’ll be exploring at a leisurely pace to encourage observation and reflection. Bring your own field journal or use some of our paper and materials to record observations. Hobie will lead journaling practice and suggest some ways to deepen connection while doing so. This is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and take it all in.

Hobie Hare lives in Missoula, Montana, which serves as base camp for his photography, public speaking, conservation and adventure-minded pursuits. Hobie worked as an interpretive Yellowstone National Park ranger for eight seasons, including one winter in the heart of the park at Fishing Bridge, which he describes as “magical.” He also spent six seasons as an instructor and naturalist guide with the Yellowstone Forever Institute. Hobie enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for wild places with people of all ages and backgrounds. Before becoming a park ranger he taught English as a Second Language and first-year seminar courses at Montana State University in Bozeman, and he has also lived and worked in Costa Rica, Thailand, Japan, Venezuela, and Australia.

Where to meet:
The Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. We will take the MNHC bus to Lee Metcalf. If you live in the Bitterroot you can arrange to meet us there.

What to bring:

  • Clothes appropriate for Montana weather–warm layers, rain gear, hat, coat, etc.
  • Good walking shoes or boots
  • Lunch, snacks, and water
  • Camera (optional
  • Journal (optional)
  • Binoculars (MNHC has some to borrow)

Cost: $70 members; $80 non-members. Add your MNHC membership to your order when you check out!

Scholarships are available! Please call us at 327.0405 to inquire!

Registration is required.

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4567 Wild Fowl Lane

Stevensville, MT 59870

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