Clark Fork River Remediation and Avian Response

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There are 120 river miles included in the Clark Fork Superfund Complex. A large number of restoration projects have put many miles back into play for wildlife and recreation. Monitoring of the restored area is crucial to evaluate the success of the work performed. Gary will talk about the different phases of the Clark Fork remediation/restoration and how bird species are responding to the change in plant communities.

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Gary Swant attended high school in Deer Lodge, and received his Bachelor’s in Education with an emphasis in Biological Sciences and his Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Environmental Education from the University of Montana. Gary taught biology and field ecology at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge for 25 years and retired in 1993. In 2005, Swant founded GoBirdMontana, LLC, which continues today, and conducts field ornithological research for private corporations, state, and federal agencies. In 2016, Montana Audubon recognized Swant’s work by presenting him the 2016 Citizen Scientist Award.