Aquatic Invasive Species

Bio Station Open House
1:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Talking Invasive Fish, Clean Water, And Swimmers Itch At The Flathead Lake Biological Station

Dr. Bonnie Ellis talks Flathead Lake food web as a research boat returns from a tour at the annual Flathead Lake Biological Station's Open House.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Flathead Lake Biological Station has scientists conducting research not just on the waters of the Crown of the Continent, but also around the Pacific Rim, South America, and Norway, among others. Each summer the Station opens its doors to the community to showcase some of the different work being done.

Dr. Jack Stanford said at each annual open house they try to emphasize different research Biological Station scientists are conducting.

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Aquatic Invasive Species
7:45 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Why you may see dogs at boat check stations this summer

Pepin, a Working Dog for Conservation, sniffs for scat in a recent demonstration.
Credit Katrin Frye

Pepin is an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois trained to identify about 19 different scents.

In a demonstration at the Flathead National Forest office he’s finding wolverine scat Megan Parker placed out there earlier in the day. Parker is the Director for Research, and also a co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation. The Missoula-based group is in the Flathead to talk with the Flathead Basin Commission about how dogs like Pepin could help in the effort to stop aquatic invasive mussels and weeds from getting into the area.

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