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International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

The Missoula Insectarium

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The Missoula Insectarium first opened its doors to the public on June 25, 2015.  It is located in downtown Missoula at 218 E. Front Street on the second floor.  It costs $4 for guests (ages 4 and older) to take a tour.  They are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  You can contact them at 406-317-1211.

Reporter Lindsay Brawner,  from ABC Fox Montana Local News, interviewed The Missoula Insectarium Founder and Director Jen Marangelo (see the video below).  The Director said they would like for people to gain a better appreciation for the vital role that insects play.  Their goal is to educate the public about the fascinating lives of these important creatures through exhibits and educational programs in a family friendly environment.

Wonder how they get their insects?  Many insects come from ordering them online or by trading with other insectariums.  Other insectariums in the United States include:

  • The Audobon Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Bayer Crop Science Insectarium found inside the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina
  • The Insectarium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Insect Zoo found at the SanFrancisco Zoo in California
  • The Monsanto Insectarium at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri

The Missoula Insectarium is here for the community, both adults and kids, as well as here as a tourist destination.  Insectarian Educational Director Carolyn Wiley runs the classroom aspect.  She often witnesses the transformation of students who are initially reluctant to touch the insects who leave as fans.  The Missoula Insectarium will  provide programs and field trips for school groups, homeschoolers, and other organized groups.

Butterfly houses and insect zoos have proven to be enormously popular with the public wherever they appear and are used to generate increased visitation and revenue for many zoos, museums and other non-profit organizations. Director Jen Marangelo’s next dream is to create a greenhouse filled with butterflies that is large enough for people to walk through and see them.  They will receive captive-bred butterflies (actually the chrysalides) from breeders around the world (primarily Central and South America).

In June of 2010 the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium completed a custom-designed business feasibility study to determine if their vision for an insect education facility in Missoula, MT could be viable. Guided by the positive results of the feasibility analysis, their vision for this facility includes:

  • A 2,000 square foot tropical butterfly house
  • A viewing area to watch the final stage of metamorphosis and see adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalides
  • An insect zoo and hands-on exhibits that teach children and adults about invertebrate biology, ecology and conservation
  • A classroom for school groups, community programs and special events
  • An outdoor pollinator garden and insect-themed playground
  • A gift shop and dining area

As a unique resource for our local community, schools, and visitors to Montana, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the fascinating lives of insects and butterflies.  By taking advantage of the ever-increasing popularity of these exhibits and by providing a state-of-the-art facility, The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium will be an educational and recreational resource for the local community as well as visitors to the Missoula area.
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Innkeepers Brady and his wife Elaine (a school teacher) welcome you to stay at their gorgeous Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Consider touring The Missoula Insectarium when you visit as guests.  Their quiet mountain setting makes the perfect relaxing getaway!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Run Wild Missoula Marathon

Missoula MarathonThe lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula is fortunate to be located in an active community that encourages running.  The Missoula Marathon, happening July 10-12 in 2015, is brought to us by Run Wild Missoula.  Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. With over 1,700 members, they offer races, group runs, track workouts, seminars and more.

Rated in 2010 as USA’s Best Marathon, experienced runners come back year after year to run the Missoula Marathon.  United States Olympian Jeff Galloway said that this is one of the top four or five courses he has ever run.  That should not discourage those with less experience, because this was also rated as one of the Top 10 Marathons for Beginners.  Now people from all fifty states plus at least ten different countries participate every year.

The people of Montana involved in organizing the race are passionate, friendly, and supportive.  They also are organized and give regular updates via email and social media for race participants to see.  Runners feel welcomed and prepared.  Missoula is a great place to stay active and live healthy.  Residents have the benefits that come from most bigger towns, but they still experience a local community feeling.

Starting at 6 am, with the sun coming up, runners begin with breathtaking views of the valley and the gorgeous surrounding mountains.  As they run in a beautiful ranch setting and up on the hillsides,  go past the University of Montana area, and on to Downtown Missoula.  As runners make that last turn onto Higgins, they experience a rush from the crowds of people lining the streets cheering them on.

The short five minute video below shows people exactly what to expect.  One runner said, “You try to find a course that is a little bit of everything and I think that is what Missoula is.”

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast can be your place of rest, with our luxurious bedrooms, and refreshment, with our delicious and hearty breakfasts. However you stay active or relax, hosts Brady and Elaine accommodate guests with their warm hospitality.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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