Great Turn Out for "Bike and Bird" Ride

44 cyclists participated in the first BIKE SATURDAYS "Bike and Bird" ride Saturday, May 17 sponsored by the Flathead Land Trust and Flathead River to Lake Initiative partners.
Weather is always unpredictable this time of year in Montana and although it was a little chilly and damp, it was great ride route and no complaints. Everyone met at the Fun Beverage parking lot in Kalispell around 9:00 AM and proceeded on paved roads for about 10 miles ending at the Somers Cafe` for lunch.
Flathead Land Trust Director, Laura Katzman and her staff did an excellent job organizing the event, planning the route and keeping everyone safe and informed. The ride showcased protected wetlands, riparian forests, and farmland that help birds and other wildlife thrive.
Bruce Tannehill, Flathead Audubon bird expert, provided information about birding along the way, making several stops to point out information about bird habitats, migratory patterns and the environmental problems facing all wildlife due to loss of natural habitat and other resources.
The final stop of the day was at the Somers Bay Cafe, in Somers, for lunch and to recap the ride and compare notes. The cafe` donated 15% of the cost of the lunch back to the Flathead Land Trust. After lunch everyone headed back to the starting point at Fun Beverage -- just a little more aware and smarter about the wildlife -- out there.
We thank the Flathead Land Trust for their involvement and look forward to working with them in other BIKE SATURDAYS promotions. We also thank all the cyclists and volunteers who showed up in support of the event and look forward to seeing everyone again for future BIKE SATURDAYS rides and promotional activities.
BIKE SATURDAYS is more than a Saturday bicycle ride. It's about bringing awareness to the many benefits cycling provide. Organized rides with a theme (i.e. Flathead Land Trust) is a great way to generate community economic development and a platform to encourage people to start taking responsibility for their own health. Biking has also become the international symbol for the "green movement" and a way to help the environment through non-polluting alternative transportation. 
There are many non-profit organizations and businesses doing great community service work around Montana that need help and exposure to let people know they're out there and what they do. An organized group bike ride, combined with social activities and a purpose, is a great way to spread their message and have some fun along the way. 
If your business or organization would like to sponsor a BIKE SATURDAYS, ride, give us a call at 406-871-6282 and we'll fill you in on the details. There are no fees or other financial obligations. See calendar for next ride event and be sure to sign up for our free email event
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