Get to Know An Invasive Species

SCA Members learn more about invasive/noxious species in our bi-annual newsletter, Sightlines.  Periodically, we’ll share these updates on our website as well.  If you have a species you’d like to know more about, please email us at SCA@SCAWILD.ORG and we’ll consider it for an upcoming newsletter. SPOTTED KNAPWEED               ‘Garden Thugs’ aka Purple Loosestrife …

Aquatic Species Study, Kalispell Bay

Aquatic Vegetation Update: James Lea, SCA Board Member In the fall 2016 SCA newsletter I had written an article discussing the excessive aquatic vegetation growth along our shorelines and its attendant adverse economic impact. During the summer of 2017, we decided to do something about it. Professor Jan Boll and I conducted a preliminary study of aquatic vegetation growth along …

Priest Lake Water Quality Monitoring

Water quality is important aspect of almost all business, homeowners and visitors to the Priest Lake region. A 1996 Recreational User Survey that was conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands and the University of Idaho indicated that the number of recreation user days to the Priest Lake drainage nearly topped those of Glacier National Park in …

Collect Arboreal Lichens with Us!

Arboreal Lichen Collections Have Been Temporarily Suspended! Until the Canadian Government makes a decision to augment the southern Selkirk Herd with a bull from another area, our remaining three cows will not be pregnant, so spring pennings won’t occur.  We will announce on Facebook if/when these collections resume.  If you are not on Facebook you can email us at SCA@SCAWILD.ORG to be added to …

Protecting Our Endangered Species

The SCA is involved in several projects which directly aid our endangered species. In particular, we help the small remaining populations of grizzly bears and caribou, unique to the Selkirk ecosystem. Grizzly Bears Grizzly bears originally ranged throughout most of western North America, but began disappearing from many western states to where only a few hundred grizzly bears remained south …