Lewis and Clark Cavern-Bats, Rattlesnakes, and More

This shot shows a close to the ground view of a prairie rattlesnake about to strike. The snake's fork tongue is out and it's tail is rattling as it coils into attack position.

MISSOULA, Mont. — Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park will feature talks on bats, snakes, and flowers in early June.

Guest speaker Dan Bachen will present about the bats in the state and the 12 species that live within the park.

Park ranger Ramona Radonich will teach visitors about the park’s native prairie rattlesnake and what to do if you’re bitten by one.

Randonich will also present about wildflowers in the area.

The park’s list of summer events can be found here.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks released the following:

Bats, snakes, and flowers are the themes of talks that will be featured at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in early June.

The Caverns will welcome guest speaker Dan Bachen on Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at the Campground Amphitheater. The park is home to 12 species of bats. Bachen will present a natural history of bats in the state and the current state of research and knowledge surrounding them.

Caverns park ranger Ramona Radonich will present “Goodness Snakes Alive!” on Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m. at the Campground Amphitheater. In this program, visitors will learn about the prairie rattlesnake, which is native to the park ecosystem. Visitors will discover what makes these reptiles rattle, how to avoid being bitten, and what to do if you are ever bitten by a rattlesnake (spoiler alert: Don’t get bitten). By understanding rattlesnakes, we can develop a healthy respect for these amazing reptiles that will help keep us safe in rattlesnake country.

Many people look at flowers and see beautiful colors and intricate designs. But the delicate-looking flower is really a powerful structure that creates optimal conditions to ensure the survival of its offspring. Join park ranger Radonich for “Flower Power,” an in-depth discovery of what’s really happening behind the glamor of the flower. The group will meet at the main visitor center at 9 a.m. for a brief talk about flowers and then head out on a trail to hunt for wildflowers. This program will last until 11 a.m.

You can read the rest of the story here. by NBC Montana Staff


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