Coming Up

Campfire Talks at Holland Lake Day Use Area

Swan Valley Connections will host a series of Campfire Talks during the month of July at Holland Lake Day Use Area in Condon. This is an opportunity for community members to come together, connect with each other, and with nature.

FRI, Jul 20th at 8 PM

Wildlife Awareness
Learn about recreating with bears, lions, wolves, moose and other wildlife and birds - what to do in an encounter, and how to tread lightly in their habitat. Presentation by USFS Swan Lake Ranger District.

FRI, Jul 27th at 8 pm

Cultural Heritage
Learn about how Native Americans used trees in western Montana, and how you can identify these special cultural sites. Take part in activities involving the primitive tools that represent the local cultural heritage. Presentation by Ryan Powell, USFS Flathead National Forest Heritage Program Manager, and Laura Cannon, SVC Archaeological Consultant.

Presentations are free and everyone is welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket and flashlight. Contact 754-3137 or info@svconnections.org for more information.

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An engaged group attended the Aquatic Invasive Species presentation.


COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNER

WED, Aug 1st, 6 pm
At SWAN VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL

Presentation on Protecting Your Home From Wildland Fire

Swan Valley Connections' August Community Potluck Dinner will be held on Wed, Aug 1st, at 6 pm at the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon.

A presentation on Protecting Your Home From Wildland Fire will feature Allen Branine, Fire Management Officer and Ali Ulwelling, Area Service Forester and Fire Prevention Specialist of MT DNRC - Swan Unit. Learn about the new Montana Situation Analysis Home Evaluation Program.

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Swan Valley Connections monthly potlucks are held on the first Wednesday of every month. This is a time for all community members to come together, share food, and learn from one another!

Doors open at 5:30, Potluck dinner at 6:00, Presentation at 6:30, Get to know your neighbors at 7:00! Free. Everyone is welcome.

Contact Rebecca at 406.754.3137 or rebecca@svconnections.org for more information, or if you would like to be a presenter at future potlucks.

 
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THE  ERA of MEGAFIRES

Sat, Aug 4th, 7 pm
At Swan Valley Community Hall

Swan Valley Connections, Swan Valley Emergency Services, Montana DNRC – Swan Unit, North 40 Productions, and the US Forest Service are pleased to bring the "Era of Megafires" to the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon on Saturday, August 4th at 7:00 pm. Cookies and beverages will be provided. Free. Everyone is welcome.

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The Era of Megafires is a 60-minute presentation featuring Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. In this multi-media presentation, Hessburg explains that over the past decade, the number of large, severe wildfires has been on the rise. These megafires are wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres; they can destroy or severely damage human communities, wildlife habitat, and natural resources. This special presentation conveys the conditions that lead to megafires and how they might be managed or mitigated.

“A future without wildfire isn’t an option,” Hessburg says. “So, what kind of future do we want for our forests? The goal of this project is to share a vocabulary and increase the understanding and ability of ordinary citizens so that they can enter into local discussions and planning for a more certain future for public forest lands."

Since June, 2016, the presentation has reached 86 cities and towns and more than 25,000 citizens. There is also an “Era of Megafires” presentation on www.ted.com with over 850,000 views:
https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_hessburg_why_wildfires_have_gotten_worse_and_how_we_can_stop_them.

For more information and updates, visit the Era of Megafires website: https://www.eraofmegafires.com.


LANDSCAPE & LIVELIHOOD


Aug 27th - Nov 2nd

16 Upper-Division semester credits from the University of Montana

Explore ecology and community-based conservation solutions in western Montana.

Learn more →


COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNER

WED, SEPT 5TH, 6 PM
AT SWAN VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL

PRESENTATION ON Bears and Berries


COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNER

WED, OCT 3rd, 6 pm
At SWAN VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL

Presentation on the History of schools in the Swan


COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNER

WED, nov 7th, 6 pm
At SWAN VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL

Presentation on avalanche awareness


COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNER

WED, DEC 5th, 6 pm
At SWAN VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL

Live Music & Year End Celebration


Previous 2018 Events

 
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JUL 13
Campfire Talk
Native Fish

 
 
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JUL 6
Campfire Talk
Aquatic Invasive Species

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JUN 9
Bear Fair

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JUN 6
Community Potluck Dinner
Presentation on Recreational Trails by Daughter of the Sun Backcountry Services

 

MAY 21 - JUNE 30
Wildlife in the West

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MAY 16
Forest Insect and Disease Workshop

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MAY 12
Swan Valley Bird Count

 
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MAY 2
Community Potluck Dinner
Presentation on Amphibians and Reptiles by Matt Bell, MT Land Reliance

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APR 12
Spring Bear Wake-up Social

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APR 4
Community Potluck Dinner
Presentation on Forest Carnivores by Luke Lamar and Mike Mayernik

 
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MAR 3
Community Potluck Dinner
Presentation on Bark Beetle Repellents by Leanna Grubaugh and Allen Branine

MAR 3
Animal Track & Sign Clinic

 
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FEB 7

Community Potluck Dinner
Presentation on The Crown of the Continent by Rick Graetz

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JAN 27

Wildlife & Winter Ecology Walk with Montana Wilderness Association

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JAN 3

Community Potluck Dinner
Flathead National Forest presentation
on Final Draft Forest Plan


2017 Events

 
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DEC 16
118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count

 
 

DEC 6
Celebrating 20 Years!

See highlights → 

AUG 28-NOV 3
Landscape & Livelihood

AUG 11
Seed Saving Workshop

JUL 22
Bat Walk

 

JUL 20
Shintangle

See highlights → 

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JUL 13
Wildflowers

JUN 28
Mushrooms of Nepal

JUN 22
Swan Lands Coordinating Network Annual Meeting

 

JUN 3
Bear Fair

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MAY 30
Condon Work Center and Highway Clean-up Day

MAY 22 - JUL 1
Wildlife in the West

MAY 5
Bud's Place

 

APR 27
Era of Megafires

APR 20
Spring Bear Wake-up Social

MAR 9
Last Stand: Mountain Caribou and the Inland Rainforest

FEB 3
Wild Skies