May 4, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Northwest Connections (NwC) is requesting Seeley Lake and Swan Valley residents to document their grizzly bear observations.
As part of a long term effort to better include local knowledge in wildlife and habitat management issues, NwC keeps a record of all local grizzly bear sightings past and present.
If you see a bear or chance upon a track, please take a photo (if possible) and record the time, place and details of your observation. This information will be used to better assess the use of the Seeley-Swan by grizzly bears.
In addition to our casual reporting line, NwC hires local residents with keen outdoor skills to conduct rigorous bear track surveys along roads and trails in May and June.
Bears are most visible during this spring season, as they seek green forage along valley bottom streams and meadows.
A growing number of volunteers also survey their favorite trails and neighboring forest tracts year after year.
If you are interested in becoming an official Volunteer Tracker, you are invited to Northwest Connections' next training workshop on Saturday May 20th from 9am - 1pm at the Swan Ecosystem Center. This workshop covers bear I.D., recognition of bear tracks and sign, grizzly bear habitat requirements in the Seeley-Swan, and data collection techniques including photography and track casting. Residents of all ages and experiences are welcome so bring the whole family.
To report a sighting or to register for the May 27th workshop contact:
Tom and Melanie Parker
P.O. Box 1340
Condon, MT 59826