The Sentinel of the Lake: The FLBS Legacy

Researcher Sampling Logging Lake

Established in 1899 by Dr. Morton J. Elrod, the first biology professor at The University of Montana, the Flathead Lake Biological Station is a place to study, understand and appreciate the natural world; a place where the natural environment is the textbook; and a site where local discoveries have provided model solutions for challenges around the world.

Thousands of college students and hundreds of scientists have gathered over the years at Flathead Lake to learn first-hand how our research describes the intriguingly diverse biota and jewel-like water quality of the watershed.

It is this tradition of teaching and learning, originally begun by Professor Elrod that has lead to the Station's legacy as the "Sentinel of the Lake."