Event Calendar

Science on Tap Flathead

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Science on Tap Flathead

Sharing science and starting conversations within our community


When:  First Monday of every month, 6:30pm

Where:  TBD


Visit the Science on Tap website for more information.

Data and Donuts: Summer Seminar Series

The Data and Donuts Summer Seminar series is offered every summer during the first four weeks of the FLBS Summer Session. The series offers students and the public the opportunity to hear speakers across a wide variety of ecological topics.

2021 speakers and topics will be announced as soon as they become available.


Due to current Covid-19 precautions, the 2021 seminar series will be offered to the public via Zoom online video conferencing. Seminars will be posted as soon as they are available.


June 22, Monday, 10-11 AM, via Zoom  https://umontana.zoom.us/j/98311203165

Tom Bansak, Associate Director, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

The Flathead Lake Biological Station: Sentinel of the Lake since 1899

June 29, Monday, 10-11 AM, via Zoom  https://umontana.zoom.us/j/98311203165

Erin Sexton, Senior Research Scientist, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

A Tale of Two Rivers: The Transboundary Flathead and Kootenai Watersheds

July 6, Monday, 10-11 AM, via Zoom  https://umontana.zoom.us/j/98311203165

Jim Elser, Director and Bierman Professor, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

Life on an Unbalanced Diet: Causes and Consequences of High N:P Ratios in Flathead Lake

July 13, Monday, 10-11 AM, via Zoom  https://umontana.zoom.us/j/98311203165

Rachel Malison, Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Scholar, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

Ecology of river floodplains and adaptations of their hidden groundwater stoneflies

FLBS Research Cruise

FLBS Virtual Research Cruise

Join FLBS researchers via Zoom for a virtual presentation of the ecology of Flathead Lake as well as a live demonstration of methods used in the monitoring program.

When: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 3:30 pm
Where: Likely on your phone or computer, via Zoom
Price: Free!

Refreshments: BYOB!


Missed the 2020 Cruise?

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Flathead Lake Boat Tours in Lakeside, MT will graciously host an afternoon cruise aboard the Far West.

Join FLBS researchers for appetizers, beverages, music and an overview of Flathead Lake ecology and the FLBS Research and Monitoring program.

When:  Tuesday, July 14, 2020 3:30-6pm
Where: Lakeside, MT; aboard the Far West (directions)
Price: $50/seat

Limited seats are available and reservations are required, so get your seat early by contacting events@flbs.umt.edu or (406) 872-4503.


 Jim Elser and cruise guests above the Far West tour boat

FLBS Open House

Canceled for 2020

The annual Bio Station open house has been canceled for 2020, due to the risks associated with the Covid-19 epidemic. We look forward to seeing you next summer!



The Bio Station open house features something for everyone in the family:

  • Presentations on local science topics
  • Demonstration boat trips above the FLBS science vessel, the Jessie B
  • Interactive science kiosks for the kids
  • Science exhibits presented by FLBS researchers
  • Tours of Bio Station facilities
  • And back for another summer - Monte, the UM mascot!
Meet FLBS students, professors and staff and learn more about FLBS research and education on Flathead Lake.

When: Friday, August 7, 2020 1:00-5:00 pm

Where: Flathead Lake Bio Station, east shore of Flathead Lake

Price:  Free, and open to the public!

 Open house guests are treated to science and boating at the 2019 FLBS open house