presented by Tom Bansak

Tom Bansak will talk about Flathead Lake ecology in the context of the dramatic changes to Flathead Lake’s food web due to introduced and invasive species, and the role that fisheries management has played.

Tom is a freshwater ecologist at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station who currently serves as its Associate Director. Starting at FLBS in 1996 as a graduate student studying river ecology on the Middle Fork Flathead, Tom has since conducted ecological and water quality investigations around NW Montana, led research activities on large, pristine salmon rivers in Northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska, constructed environmental sensor networks, and been active in the battle against Aquatic Invasive Species. Tom is also an educator who gives presentations to any and every type of audience and anyone who will listen. Tom and his family live at the base of the Swan Mountains near Bigfork, spending a lot of time hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, and shoveling snow.


We’re excited to announce that our May potluck and silent auction will be back this year!

Where: Room 26, East side of Gateway Mall (United Way building), along Glenwood Rd, Kalispell
When: Monday, May 9, 2022
Doors Open 5:00 PM,  Potluck Dinner 6:00 PM,  Meeting Begins 7:00 PM.

We will not have a virtual component to this meeting due to the number of activities occurring.

Please bring your own plates, utensils, and cups. There is no sink to wash dishes so prepare accordingly. Be sure to arrive early enough to look over and bid on silent auction items! Officers and Board Members will also be elected.


It’s Back! – The annual Silent Auction at the Flathead Audubon May Potluck. Now’s the perfect time to gather all of the valuable “stuff” that you might be able to live without. The type of items we’re looking for are bird books, outdoor gear, art work, live bedding plants, homemade pies and cookies and bird houses and feeders of all kinds. We’ll have a few special items that have been donated (see page 7) . Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit our Conservation Education program.