Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
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First Tuesday lectures were recorded to video.
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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 mary@methowconservancy.org


First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

May: No First Tuesday Lecture in May, but don't miss our event with Bill McKibben on May 18th (see below).

June 10th (on the 2nd Tuesday): “The Methow Out My Window” Art & Book Show Opening Night & First Tuesday Program, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Door No. 3 Studio in the Methow Valley Community Center

July 1st: TBA

August 5th: “A Roadside Guide to the North Cascades” with Jack McLeod, 7:00 - 8:30pm, location TBA

September 2nd: “Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet,” with Maria Mudd Ruth, 7:00 - 8:30pm, location TBA

October 7th: “Imaging the Arctic,” with Maria Coryell-Martin, 7:00 - 8:30pm, location TBA


Other Methow Conservancy Events

April 26th: 8:30am – 11:00am  “Adopt-a-Highway” Clean-Up.  Volunteers are needed to help us clean-up a short section of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop. Contact Mary for more details at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870.

Come on a "after-work" wildflower walkMay 1st: 5 - 7pm “After-Work” Wildflower Walk & Talk Join a botany volunteer or Mary Kiesau, the Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, on a native plant “after-work” walk and talk. We'll go to a different location on each walk, appropriate for the time of the month. These mini-classes are free but space is limited so registration is required. Contact Mary for more details or to reserve your spot at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870. 

May 4th: 9am-2pm Amphibian Field Class $25, space limited. Join us for a day of learning about Methow amphibians and their habitats!  Methow Conservancy Conservation Biologist Julie Grialou (an amphibian expert) will lead this class starting with a short indoor session to go over amphibian life history and ecology, and learn the species that are here in the valley.  Then, we’ll head out to a few ponds to search for these critters.  We’ll listen for them and look for egg masses, tadpoles and larval salamanders, and adults.  We can provide full waders and hip waders in a few sizes, but definitely bring waders or rubber boots if you have them.  Contact Mary to reserve your spot at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870. 

May 8 – 11th: Spring Naturalists Retreat.  Spend a long weekend with us where we’ll enjoy beautiful days in the field and engage in presentations and group dinners in the evenings. Under the friendly and expert tutelage of ornithologist Libby Mills and botanist Dana Visalli, both all around great naturalists to boot, you will be amazed by all that you learn and see in this fantastic nature and educational experience!  $165*/person. This retreat is full, but we do have a waiting list. Click here for more details.

May 14th: 5 - 7pm “After-Work” Wildflower Walk & Talk Join a botany volunteer or Mary Kiesau, the Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, on a native plant “after-work” walk and talk. We'll go to a different location on each walk, appropriate for the time of the month. These mini-classes are free but space is limited so registration is required. Contact Mary for more details or to reserve your spot at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870. 

Bill McKibben, photo by Nancie_Battaglia
Bill McKibben, Photo by
Nancie Battaglia

May 18th:  Bill McKibben and "The Education of an Unlikely Activist in the Climate Change Movement," free, 7pm at the Winthrop Barn.   A donation to The Cove’s spring food drive is requested.  If possible, please bring one or more items of non-perishable food, or bath, body, kitchen and laundry products (no clothes please). 

Bill McKibben is one of the world’s best-known thinkers and speakers on the environment and climate change, having co-founded the organization 350.org and authored many books, and we are very fortunate and thrilled to host him in the Methow Valley for an inspiring and fascinating talk.

In this talk, McKibben will share his personal story, describe the science of climate change, and talk about the inspiring global movement he co-founded to leverage people-power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop, all over the world, people-centric solutions to the climate crisis, including building strong local economies and communities like the Methow Valley. 

Bill McKibben's books, over the last quarter century, have shaped public perception--and public action--on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies.  His seminal books include The End of Nature, widely regarded as the first book on climate change for a general audience, and Deep Economy, a bold challenge to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and to pursue prosperity in a more local direction -- an idea that is the cornerstone of sustainability efforts everywhere today.

He is co-founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots, climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities.  Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

Doors open at 6pm.  Drinks and finger-friendly food by the Twisp River Pub available for purchase.  McKibben's books will be signed and sold. 

May 24th: “Imagine the Methow” Campaign Impact Party, 6pm at the Winthrop Barn.  Join us for a fun evening of celebration as we thank you for supporting our Imagine the Methow Capital Campaign, and show you the “impact” you and the campaign have had.  This campaign reached its fundraising goal in 2010.  By this May, the funds raised from the campaign will be allocated and we will show you the thousands of ways your investments in the campaign made a difference on the ground in the Methow Valley.  There will be great food, music, and lots of ways to see and feel the impact of this incredible community-wide effort.

May 29th: 5 - 7pm “After-Work” Wildflower Walk & Talk Join a botany volunteer or Mary Kiesau, the Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, on a native plant “after-work” walk and talk. We'll go to a different location on each walk, appropriate for the time of the month. These mini-classes are free but space is limited so registration is required. Contact Mary for more details or to reserve your spot at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870. 

June 14th:  Conservation Easement & Orchard Tour with the Stennes Family in the town of Methow, free. Stay tuned for details.

July 17th: “Foraging for Weed Cuisine” Class, 6-8pm, $10, at the Methow Conservancy office.  Join “Front Yard Forager” author Melany Vorass-Herrera and learn how to identify and gather some of the most common edible weeds and wild foods available in the Methow. This hands-on workshop includes a walk on Winthrop trails, discussion on gathering ethics, regulations and safety rules, and general information about how to cook with weeds.

June 28-29th: Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class
All day both days, $185*, space limited, registration is open now. Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, with the goal being to attain a professional certificate in wildlife tracking through Cybertracker Conservation. Read more details and register here.

September 27th: Methow Conservancy Cider Squeeze & Social, 2-4pm, free


Other Organizations' Conservation & Ecology Programs
Check out the upcoming news & events from other organizations and businesses!

Methow Valley Public School Funding Alliance is holding their annual "Trivia Night" on Monday, April 28th at the Twisp River Pub. It's a fun community version of high school knowledge bowl. The Conservancy has a team there every year. Form your own team and compete against us! Click here for information.

The Okanogan Highlands Alliance in Tonasket offers, "Highland Wonders," a series of monthly natural history programs. Check out their full calendar.



*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, fieldtrip, 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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