The annual Two Medicine Voices Speaker Series hosted by Glacier-Two Medicine Alliance kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Community Hall in East Glacier. This year’s series focuses on fish and wildlife connectivity in the Crown of the Continent and features local research biologists and fish and wildlife managers who will discuss current research and management of various species.
First up is Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist Alex Poole who will take the audience on a journey into the watery world of westslope cutthroat trout in the beautiful mountain streams of the Rocky Mountain Front.
Westslope cutthroat trout (Montana’s state fish) used to thrive throughout the Upper Missouri River Basin, but its range has been substantially reduced by habitat degradation and hybridization with non-native species. Poole is currently conducting research in some of the last strongholds for westslope cutthroat trout east of the Divide and working with diverse stakeholders to help restore and recover the species.
The series continues through August with talks focused on harlequin ducks, grizzly bears, mountain goats and wolves. All programs are free and open to the public.
More information about the series, including dates, times and location, is available at GlacierTwoMedicine.org/tmvss.