For The WV Community

This is a reminder about events happening in May. 

We have the opportunity to view the West Valley Wetlands with Laura Katzman on Saturday, May 13.  I have pasted below the information from Laura. 

"Due to so much interest  we have decided to do another bird watching tour of the West Valley Wetlands on Saturday, May 13 from 9 to noon. The May event will be a bike and bird tour of several wetland ponds in the West Valley area including the conservation project in progress and future public bird viewing area. The event will be in partnership with Flathead Land Trust, Flathead Audubon, and the West Valley Naturalist’s Association. Because we will be traveling on both paved and gravel/dirt roads we recommend mountain or fat tire bikes which can be rented from Wheaton’s (Kalispell) or Glacier Cyclery (Whitefish) for the day. Wear a bike helmet and appropriate clothing and bring water and binoculars. Again there will be a limited number of participants so if you would like to attend, please let me know at or 752-8293. If you are not up for biking but would like to attend, please let me know."

Kathy Ross will be presenting a program on native plants on Tuesday, May 16. Kathy, Bigfork landscaper, shares her experience of 26 years working in the Flathead Valley, around and with our native plant communities. Although a native plant enthusiast, Kathy has also worked extensively with other plants used to “enhance” native plant communities and has suggestions on what works best with native plants.  Some of the topics she will cover are: What exactly is a native plant? Why leave or add native plants to your landscaping? Finally, Kathy will reflect on the special relationship between native plants, insects and birds in our local environments. This presentation will be held in the boardroom of West Valley School, 2290 Farm to Market Road, at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 16. Guides will meet you at the main entrance to show you the way.  What a perfect time of year to receive this information as we begin the garden season.  Please arrive a bit early so that you can visit with the students who received the West Valley Naturalist award at the Science Fair in March.  Gracie Stolfus and Carisa Cesarone will have their posters on display before the meeting. 

We will also be meeting the next evening, Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm in the parking lot of West Valley School to carpool to the Spring Creek Cemetery which is located within a  remnant of the native grassland.  We hope to see flowering arnica, biscuitroot and stoneseed though it might be a tad early.  Perhaps we will return in June also.  We will be joining Betty Kuropat and Jen Hintz and other members of the Flathead Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society.  
Finally, if you have other ideas for day hikes in the West Valley/Tally Lake area this summer, beginning in June, please let us know. 

Please feel free to call if you have questions about these myriad events: Linda de Kort, 755-3704.