Event: Bike & Bird – McWenneger Slough and Fairview Marsh


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Join us for a bike and bird tour of McWenneger Slough and Fairview Marsh on Saturday, May 14, from 9 am to 1 pm, hosted by Flathead Land Trust, Flathead Audubon, and the Flathead River to Lake Initiative. We will bike just over 5 miles and take 3 short walks totaling about a mile on the tour of the 190-acre Fairview Marsh and 412-acre Flathead Land Trust conservation easement that includes a large portion of McWenneger Slough. Pete Fisher, the conservation easement landowner and bird expert of Flathead Audubon along with Denny Olson of Flathead Audubon will lead this trip. We will first bike to spectacular Fairview Marsh. Then we will return to the Fisher conservation easement property and take a short walk along a slough where Pete will explain some mist netting and bird banding work he has done in the area. Next, we will ride and walk to a wildlife blind on a large wetland. The tour will end with a light lunch as we enjoy a breathtaking view of the wetlands on the Fisher conservation easement. We will meet for the trip at the Fisher barn at 390 Columbia Falls Stage Rd. 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. There are a limited number of participants so please RSVP to Laura Katzman of Flathead Land Trust at 752-8293 or