Thanks to its converging rivers and configuration of mountain passes, the Gallatin Valley has always been a crossroads of people and culture. The Blackfeet called it Ahkoto Waktai Sakum, Many-Come-Together country. This program celebrates cultural connections that have a strand passing through this place.
Yellowstone is famous for being the world’s first national park, one of the largest temperate wildlands, including all native species, and a role model for wildlife management. But like wildlands globally, Yellowstone is facing increasing human pressure and climate change. Andrew Hansen, professor in the Department of Ecology and director of the Landscape Biodiversity Lab at Montana State University, discusses the concept of “greater” in the moniker Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the impact of people in the wildlands, trends in vital signs of ecological health and ways forward in the coming century. (more…)
We live next to one of the largest essentially intact ecosystems in the temperate zone of the earth with an unparalleled variety and number of wildlife. But we also live in a region experiencing rapid population growth. What will be the effect of these added pressures on our wild lands? The online Mountain Journal will center on efforts to raise visibility on the vulnerability of these wild lands by providing fact-based information on this amazing resource and the challenges ahead. (more…)or Download
Dr. Robert Garrott, professor of wildlife ecology in MSU’s Ecology Department, describes the conservation history of bighorn sheep and mountain goats in the Greater Yellowstone Area and Montana. He shares ecological insights from his ongoing research project involving long-term studies of these two iconic mountain ungulates. He also discusses an exciting bighorn sheep restoration effort in the Madison Range.
This lecture was sponsored by Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences. Recorded at the Museum of the Rockies on September 20, 2017.or Download
It’s one of the most revered movies of Hollywood’s golden age. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper (who attended high school in Bozeman) and Grace Kelly in her first significant movie role, High Noon achieved instant box-office and critical success. But what is often overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was called to testify about his former membership in the Communist Party, facing the painful dilemma of whether to name names or sacrifice his brilliant career. (more…)or Download