The University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay over halfway to a goal of matching a $1 million grant from an anonymous donor.

The Flathead Lake Monitoring Program has suffered various government budget cuts. But in 2011, an anonymous local donor pledged $1 million if the station could match the grant before the end of 2014. So far, over $560,000 has been raised.

According to Director Jack Stanford in a UM news release, more than 300 local families and shoreline homeowners sent in $55,000 following a request made this last fall.

The station staff specializes in ecological research and education with an emphasis on freshwater, including Flathead Lake and its watershed.

Jack Hanna, world-renowned animal expert, is one of the Flathead Lake residents who supports the Bio Station’s efforts. “I have been all around the world, and there is no finer lake than Flathead,” Hanna said. “The Bio Station’s monitoring work is very important to keep it that way.”

For more information or to make a donation, call Tom Bansak, research scientist and development coordinator, 406-982-3301 ext. 229 or email tom.bansak@umontana.edu.

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