Upcoming winter ecology outdoor educational program

It’s time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of late winter in northwest Montana.

Join a small group on March 5, meet at the Viking Room at the Venture Inn in Libby, Montana at 9 a.m. Mountain. Around 9:30 a.m., participants will head out into the field to learn about tracking animals and interpreting signs in snow, ice and mud.

Participants will follow a 10-step method to identify tracks, movement patterns, behavior, species and habitat. They will also identify conifers and deciduous trees, herbaceous evergreens, deciduous and evergreen shrubs, lichens, fungi, and grasses.

The adult class will make several roadside stops and short hikes on private land less than 1 mile round trip.

They will be in their own vehicles, then in the middle of nature while respecting safety distances. The program is sponsored by Libby Base Camp Hostel. For more information, visit Airbnb.

All participants must register to attend. All should come with full gas tanks, weather-appropriate outerwear, water, lunch, binoculars, cameras, and a good sense of humor.

To register, email b_baxter53@yahoo.com or call 406-291-2154. The event will have small groups of less than 10. No dogs. Snowshoes are optional.

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