Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
Some of our
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

First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:
Young rattlesnake in the upper Rendezvous.

April - Please Note: We are taking a “Spring Break” in April and there will not be a First Tuesday. We’ll see you in May!

May 5th: "Amazing Snakes!"
7:00 – 8:30pm, Twisp River Pub
The Twisp River Pub will open at 6pm for dinner and drinks.

Local biologists, John Rohrer of the Forest Service and Scott Fitkin of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, will bring some of their scaly reptile friends to help us learn about snakes of the Methow.  Learn what types of snakes call the Valley home, where each of them prefer to live, and tons of fascinating facts about these amazing creatures.

The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Mary at 996-2870 or

June 2nd: “LOOK UP! Birds and Other Natural Wonders”
7:00 – 8:30pm, at the Merc Playhouse. Doors open at 6:30.
Naturalist Woody Wheeler is a charismatic birder and educator with a program not to be missed!  His presentation is based on his new book of essays “Look Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders.”  Woody’s experiences and passion inspire people to go outside, enjoy the wonders of the natural world, and practice local stewardship.  He’ll also share how interacting with nature can help us live happier, more fulfilled and rewarding lives.  Learn more about Woody Wheeler and his new book at

The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Mary at 996-2870 or

Other Methow Conservancy Events

“After-Work” Wildflower Rambles & Early Bird Birding Strolls

Join Mary Kiesau, the Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director and amateur naturalist, on one (or more) casual botany or birding “walk and talks” to see and learn what is happening in the natural world of the Methow.  These outings are perfect for people of all ages and levels of knowledge - Finch with Balsamroot. Photo by Mary experience required!  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 us for more details or to reserve your spot at or 509-996-2870.  Stay tuned - more dates will be added throughout the spring!

Friday, March 20, Spring Equinox Double Header!
     Birding, 8:00 - 9:30am
     Flowers, 4:00 - 6:00pm 

Thursday, March 26, 4-6pm, Wildflower Ramble
Friday, April 3, 8:00 - 9:30am , Birding Stroll
Friday, April 10, 4:00 - 6:00pm , Wildflower Ramble

Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day Double Header!
     Birding, 8:00 - 9:30am 
     Flowers, 4:00 - 6:00pm 

May 14-17th: Spring Naturalists’ Retreat. Spend three days enjoying the beautiful and wild Methow Valley, 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! Participants should be willing and able to take part in the entire retreat including evenings. Participants should be in good physical condition, able to complete moderate hikes and spend 6+ hours in the field. Free tent camping is available at Dana’s property along the Methow River near Twisp, or you can make your own lodging arrangements. The class is limited to 20 people and costs $170*/person, including one dinner. Click here for more details. To register or for more information, contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or

June 13-14th: Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $185*. 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. Lots of time for questions and discussion enhance the class. We will strive to expose participants to the widest possible diversity of tracks and signs in the Methow, and the two-day class is entirely field based at various places around the valley. The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $185 per person. Participants may want to study lightly and/or read a tracking guidebook, such as Dave's "Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest." Lodging and food are on you own but we can give you suggestions if need be. This class is full; contact Mary to get on the waiting list at 509-996-2870 or

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

The National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are preparing a study of recovering options for grizzly bears in the North Cascades, and are holding public meetings on both sides of the North Cascades (including in Winthrop on 3/3) to share information and take comments. More details, including meeting dates, times and locations are here:  Comments are being accepted through March 26, 2015, and you may comment online at this website, or via regular mail or hand delivery at: Superintendent’s Office, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284.

Meetings are on the following dates: March 3, Winthrop; March 4, Okanogan; March 5, Wenatchee; March 9, Cle Elum; March 10, Seattle; and March 11, Bellingham. 

Directly prior to each of the public meetings, the organizations Conservation Northwest and the National Parks Conservation Association are holding “Happy Hours” at locations adjacent to the meetings.  See all those locations and times here:

The North Cascades Basecamp has one more soup and presentation nights.  March 5, will feature Bill Hottell and his program, “Queen of the West Columbia: Lewis and Clarke History.”  Soup is at 5:30; presentation runs 6:00-7:30. $5/person.

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center presents "Conflagration to Transformation," Thursday, March 19 at 7pm, at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp.  A "conflagration" is an extensive fire that destroys a great deal of land or property, and this program will provide insight into how weather played a role in last year's Carlton Complex Wildfire and what kinds of environmental changes and transformations the Valley can expect as the winter snows melt away.  Find out more information at the MVIC's website,

The University of Washington is hosting a climate change video contest for Washington state high school and undergraduate college students.  They are asking students, “What does climate change mean to you?”  The first place prize is $5K!  Videos must be 3 minutes or less and can take on any format imaginable - claymation, music video, film noir, mystery, ballet, stand-up comedy, rock opera, documentary…whatever you can think of. Submissions are due on April 13, 2015.  See more details here.

The Methow Naturalist is hosting two 5-day “Ecology & Evolution” field classes in the Methow this summer.  Dana Visalli will lead these backpacking trips to Copper Glance Lake in August, one for adults and another for teens. Contact Dana at or visit the Methow Naturalist webpage for more information,

*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