ExpiredSaving Our Stars: Montana’s Disappearing Night Sky

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  • Saving Our Stars
    June 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Before becoming Montana’s favorite artist, young Charlie Russell was a nighthawk — working on horseback beneath star-filled skies to keep the herd together while the other cowboys slept. Arriving in Montana the same year as electric lighting, Russell witnessed the last days of the big open across Montana’s prairies and plains, and he painted our nostalgia for Montana as it used to be. A century later, photographer John Ashley cut Russell’s trail along the shores of Lake McDonald. And for the past 30 years Ashley has shared Russell’s nostalgic nighthawk tendencies, riding around Montana and rounding up some of the elusive beauty that can still be found in our darkest skies — comets, shooting stars, northern lights, the Milky Way and much more. Join John for a dazzling video and photographic tour of Montana at night, and learn how we can protect Montana’s cultural heritage while saving money on safer night time lighting.

Event is free and open to the public. Teachers who attend can earn two hours of renewal units from Montana’s Office of Public Instruction through Carter County Museum!

About John Ashley: John Ashley is a Montana photographer, biologist, author and educator. His recent book, “Glacier National Park After Dark,” won the High Plains Book Award for medicine and science. As an award-winning journalist in Montana and Florida, John has photographed presidents and homeless people, Space Shuttle launches and airplane crashes, beauty queens and murder suspects. John also works as a field biologist for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service. He has helped to conserve Montana’s bald eagles, harlequin ducks and black-footed ferrets, and California’s condors. He lives at the end of the road near Kila, about an hour west of Glacier, with his wife Tracy and their two rescue herding dogs, Magpie and Takoda.

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