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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, MPG is limiting group activities on the ranch. As we open to the public, we are taking precautions to keep staff and visitors safe. We require visitors to wear masks, remain 6 feet apart, and to drive their own vehicles. We are also limiting group size. Visitors will need to bring their own guide books, so that we do not share those materials. Current transmission trends warrant reduced group congregations. We are monitoring the situation and may cancel events as a result.
Friday 2/12 11am - 3pm
Thursday 2/25 11am - 3pm
Learn the basics of snow tracking, track identification, gait, stride length, and foot morphology. Volunteers will also learn about the cougar study and (if we find a cougar track) assist with the collection of DNA via hair samples. Tracking is limited to 4 volunteers per outing. No experience necessary. Please contact us to register. We will reply with directions. As you may have noticed, we lack snow this winter, so these trips will be dependent on sufficient snow. Fingers crossed!
Leaded - MPG Golden Eagle Research
Lead exposure threatens scavengers around the world. In Montana's Bitterroot Valley, Raptor Research Institute and MPG Ranch partnered to study lead exposure in golden eagles. Between 2011 and 2018, they caught 91 golden eagles and observed the highest prevalence of elevated blood lead levels ever recorded for the species. The sample included migratory and nonmigratory birds, which suggests that hunting with lead ammunition in winter habitats can affect golden eagles that summer in vastly different regions with little human presence. This study was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management and can be found at: https://wildlife.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jwmg.21980
Hunters can learn more about non-lead bullets at:
Watch the film here:
We are also pleased to offer educational resources, developed in partnership with Inspired Classroom and Raptor View Research Institute, to anyone who is running remote classrooms or homeschooling children. Please follow the link below to access curriculum challenges free of charge.