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CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WLI engages a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) which enables diverse community involvement and participation in support of the science and education goals of the Whitefish Lake Institute. The CAC provides a forum for the exchange of information between citizens and WLI, conducts community outreach, and provides opportunities for learning about—and engaging in—Whitefish Lake Watershed issues. Committee members also come together each year to help plan WLI's annual fundraiser, the Whitefish Wine Auction. They offer ideas for continually improving the event while maintaining its popularity among locals and wine aficionados. They also proved much appreciated assistance in the execution of the event, from decorating, and taking registrations to showcasing auction items. See who is on the Citizens Advisory Committee.
Read about the history, the present day and the future of Whitefish Lake.
Also check out the signs posted at City beach which we developed in partnership with the City of Whitefish, Whitefish County Water District, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
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The main trailhead is located on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue, just south of The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Satellite trailheads are located at Crestwood Park and behind the Viking Lodge. This wheelchair and stroller friendly trail crosses Viking Creek over three bridges and rises above wetter areas over four wooden boardwalks. There are 14 interpretive stations pointing out natural features of the wetland, and a companion Trail Guide with map further expands on the interpretation. Six beautifully handcrafted benches are strategically placed along the trail. Each bench was purchased by a community member who dedicated their bench in honor of, or in memory of someone special.
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We are very excited to offer teachers and parents the Living Wetlands Interpretive Nature Trail "Discovery Guide". The Guide includes 16 activities for kids to do while visiting the wetland with their teachers or parents. Developed to meet Montana's fifth grade science curriculum standards, the activities promote individual learning and discovery in the outdoors through fun and engaging projects. Kids have opportunities to participate in scientific discovery and learn how organisms are interrelated in the wetland environment. There are lessons in species identification, opportunities to describe the functions of natural systems, and activities to define a wetland food web. The guide also provides an introduction to field journaling, guiding kids on a journey of viewing the world as young naturalists. There are activities that require writing, drawing, and quiet observing. The guide also pairs with the 14 interpretive signs and six benches that are placed along the trail, leading young citizens on their own adventure to enjoy and discover the wetland. Discovery Guides are provided to Whitefish fifth grade science teachers; they can be downloaded from the WLI website; or they are available from the Whitefish Lake Institute by calling 406.862.4327.
We are pleased to offer our wetland visitors a guide to the bird species that have been identified by sight, song, or sound in the Averill's Viking Creek Wetland Preserve. In addition to birds you may see in the wetland, the Bird Guide lets visitors know what to expect seasonally around the Flathead Lake Watershed. There are full color photos of identified species and a checklist to help you and WLI keep track of sightings. Bird Guides are available at our trailheads; they can be downloaded from the WLI website; or they are available from the Whitefish lake Institute by calling 406.862.4327.
WLI is pleased to sponsor the Whitefish Lake Institute Stewardship Awards. Each year, the award recognizes individuals or groups that took extraordinary measures to protect water quality in the Whitefish area. Nominations for individuals and groups are accepted annually.
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The Whitefish Lake Institute participates in the Flathead Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, the Flathead Basin Commission Monitoring Committee, the Flathead Community of Resource Educators, and the Flathead Conservation Roundtable. WLI is a member of the American Fisheries Society, the American Water Resources Association, the North American Lake Management Society, and the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce.