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Early in her career, research scientist Kate Kendall saw the need for accurately identifying bear populations. She got granular about it, looking to their fur, and orchestrated a five-year operation to collect some 34,000 bear hair samples.

After DNA testing, it was discovered that the previous best estimate for individual grizzlies was off by half. Kendall’s project found that the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem was home to 765 grizzlies—and that was 15 years ago. 

Kendall, now retired in Kalispell after decades working for the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service, will discuss her favorite research topic in detailing how far grizzlies have come, their current situation, and what their future might hold as they face development pressures, delisting, and other challenges. She’ll also tell about some of the amusing things wildlife do when people aren’t around.

The John White Series pays tribute to beloved staff members John Whites Sr. and Jr. of Central School. The 1894 schoolhouse is Kalispell’s oldest public building and home to a premier regional history museum that draws thousands of visitors annually for exhibits and events year-round.

Details: 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024; social time afterward

Northwest Montana History Museum, 124 2nd Ave. E., Kalispell, MT 59901; 406-756-8381; nwmthistory.org

Tickets for individual talks are $15 (members) or $20 (nonmembers).

Purchase online or contact Elle Eberts-Robocker, Donna Buckalew, or Margaret Davis at the museum.

Remaining talks in the 2024 John White Series:

2 p.m. Feb. 4: historic interpreter-storyteller Mary Jane Bradbury presents Lucy Marks, mother of Corps of Discovery expeditioner Meriwether Lewis

2 p.m. Feb. 18: Indigikitchen founder Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet/Cherokee)

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Northwest Montana History Museum
124 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901

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Northwest Montana History Museum


124 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-8381

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