Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
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The Methow Conservancy sponsors a monthly “First Tuesday Lecture Series”. The lectures provide a forum to learn about the Methow Valley’s natural characteristics and natural resource issues. Generally "First Tuesday" Lectures are held on the first Tuesday of the month. The place varies so please check each event for the location. All First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to everyone. For more information contact Mary at 996-2870 or

First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:Photo by Paul Bannick

December 6th: Holiday Social & First Tuesday Program "Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls" with award-winning photographer and author Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn (The program begins at 7:00pm), free.

In Owl, Paul Bannick uses his intimate and dramatic images to illustrate four different nesting owl species - Northern Pygmy, Burrowing, Great Gray, and Snowy - throughout the course of the year in four distinct habitats. Each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and learning independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migration. Unusual irruptions and the everyday struggle to survive are also covered.

Photo by Paul Bannick

In addition to the four featured owls, the fifteen other species of North American owls are generously depicted throughout the presentation; Bannick’s startling images reflect their shared behaviors as well as some surprising exceptions and adaptations. More than just a backdrop, the four featured owl habitats—forest, grassland and steppe, boreal, and Arctic—reveal wildly rich stories of their own.

Owl is a stunning follow-up to Bannick’s bestselling title, The Owl and the Woodpecker, giving bird lovers yet another gorgeous photographic tribute, engaging natural history, and a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds.

Paul Bannick is an award-winning and widely published wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. He has received the Canon Prize of the International Conservation Photography Awards, as well as first place in the “Birds and Their Habitat” category in Audubon magazine's annual contest. He lives in Seattle; learn more at

The free event is on Tuesday, December 6th at the Winthrop Barn.  The evening begins at 6:00pm with a holiday party, featuring free appetizers and drinks.  The Methow Conservancy will also announce the recipients of their annual Conservation Awards.

January 10th (note: 2nd Tuesday!): Methow Conservancy “First Tuesday” Program with the Bondi Family on their recent conservation-based trip to Tanzania, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

February 7th: Methow Conservancy “First Tuesday” Program with Bullitt Foundation Environmental Prize winner Carol Bogezi, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

March 7th: “Living in the Era of Megafires“, a multi-media presentation lead by Dr. Paul Hessburg, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

April 11th (note: 2nd Tuesday!): “Alchemy of Herbs" with local herbalist Rosalee de la Foret, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.

May 2nd: “Tides” with Jonathan White, 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA

Other Methow Conservancy Events

photo by Paul BannickDecember 6th: Methow Conservancy Holiday Social & “First Tuesday” program "Owl: A Year in The Lives of North American Owls" with author and photographer Paul Bannick, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, FREE.  The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm. Paul Bannick uses his intimate and dramatic images to illustrate four different nesting owl species—Northern Pygmy, Burrowing, Great Gray, and Snowy—throughout the course of the year in four distinct habitats.  Mark your calendar and see more details here!

January 7th: Winter Wildlife Tracking, 8:30am – 12:30pm, $45.  Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with professional wildlife tracker and educator, Dave Moskowitz.  Contact us at 996-2870 or to reserve your spot.

January 21st:  Methow Trails & Methow Conservancy Birthday Bash with The Paperboys at the Winthrop Barn. Come celebrate with us and enjoy music by The PaperboysWe’re turning 20! That’s right, with your support the Methow Conservancy has been inspiring people to care for the land of the Methow Valley for 20 years! You’ve made a huge difference – protecting over 8,500 acres and 31 riverfront miles, plus so much more through our numerous and diverse stewardship and educational programs – and it’s time to celebrate! Help us celebrate on Saturday, January 21st at the Winthrop Barn at our joint birthday bash with Methow Trails (they’re turning 40!). We’ll dance the night away to the Paperboys and have some birthday fun. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here:

February 4th Winter Wildlife Tracking, 8:30am – 12:30pm, $45.  Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with professional wildlife tracker and educator, Dave Moskowitz.  Contact us at 996-2870 or to reserve your spot.

News from Other Organizations

Christmas Bird Count: The North Central Washington Chapter of the Audubon Society, a four-county region, hosts six separate bird counts: Bridgeport (12/15), Leavenworth (12/17), Chelan (12/28), Twisp/Winthrop (1/1), Wenatchee (1/1), and Okanogan/Omak (1/2). Everyone is welcome, beginners and experienced.  Get the info on each of them here.

For 29th annual Twisp Christmas Bird Count on January 1st, meet at the Grange Hall in Twisp at 6:30am. Bring binoculars, warm clothes, a lunch, and field guides. Optionally, bring snowshoes, skis, and spotting scopes. For more information, contact Dave Rudholm at 509-429-1105 or

Methow Trails hosts “Nature of Winter Snowshoe” Tours every Saturday from Dec 31 - Feb 25 at both Sun Mountain and Jacks Hut at the Freestone Inn.  These family-friendly snowshoe tours start at 11:00am and are led by local volunteers who focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more.  See more details here.

The Methow Naturalist editor Dana Visalli will be teaching a 13- part class called “Big History: The Evolutionary Journey of Life & of Homo sapiens” at TwispWorks in January and February 2017. Cost is on a sliding scale, $0-$130. Contact Dana to enroll or for more information at or 509-997-9011.

*Our Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel or leave a fee-based course for any reason:
Full refunds will be given if the request is received two weeks or more before the day of the program (class, workshop, field trip, etc.).  If the cancellation is made less than two weeks before the start of the program, the Methow Conservancy will give a full refund only if we are able to fill your spot.  If you cancel 24 hours or less before the start time of the program or after the class has started there will be no refund of the program fee.  Although we rarely need to do so, we reserve the right to cancel a program.  In this case you will receive a full refund.

315 Riverside Avenue / PO Box 71    Winthrop, WA 98862     509.996.2870