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 mary@methowconservancy.org


First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

Marbled Murrelet single egg. Photo by Nick Hatch.September 2nd: “Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet,”with Maria Mudd Ruth, 7:00 - 8:30pm, in Sun Mountain Lodge’s Pasayten Room.  Maria will share tales from her book “Rare Bird,” part naturalist detective story, part environmental inquiry celebrating the world of the endangered Pacific Northwest seabird, the marbled murrelet. Maria will highlight the bizarre life history of the marbled murrelet, the 185-year-long search for its elusive nest, and the ramifications of the discovery of that first nest in old-growth Douglas-fir. Though not a bird of the eastern Cascades, the fast-flying murrelet (nicknamed the "buzz bomb") will travel as far as 50 miles inland to find suitable nesting sites. The story of the murrelet and the threats to its survival echo those of the northern spotted owl, lynx, gray wolf, fisher, and other imperiled species in the Methow.  During the five years Maria spent researching and writing Rare Bird, the murrelet lead her to larger and largely unanswerable questions: Why does this bird matter? Do we have a moral obligation to protect this species? Can we save the wild animals we love?  Maria Mudd Ruth has published more than a dozen natural history books for readers young and older. Originally published in 2005, Rare Bird, was reissued in 2013 by Mountaineers Books.

Come early to eat in Sun Mountain’s dining room or bar before or after the event if you’d like.  There will also be a cash bar in the Pasayten Room starting at 6pm. Books from Trail's End Bookstore will be sold and signed. 

October 7th: “Expeditionary Art: Imaging the Arctic,” with Maria Coryell-Martin, 7:00 – 8:30pm, location TBA. Explore the Arctic through art and science with expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin. Learn about her recent expedition to Greenland through field sketches, studio paintings, and multimedia recordings. In Spring 2013, Maria accompanied marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre and her team onto the pack ice of Baffin Bay as they studied narwhals, an iconic species of the arctic. Following the tradition of artists working with early explorers, Maria worked with ink and watercolor to illustrate the scientific research and arctic landscape. Imaging the Arctic will be exhibited December 12—February 22nd at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. Learn more at imagingthearctic.org

November 4th:  "The North Cascades: Wildness, Renewal, and Communities on the Edge,” with Ana Maria Spagna, 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Twisp River Pub.  Stories about people and wild places usually take a familiar shape: a person enters a deep forest, say, or climbs a high mountain, or hikes a very long trail, and returns home to the city renewed.  But not everyone returns to the city. Some people choose to settle full-time in small communities like Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama, and Stehekin where wildness is close enough to see and touch every day. What value does our unique perspective offer to visitors, to society, perhaps even to the ecosystem itself? What responsibilities come with living so close? Stehekin author Ana Maria Spagna will read excerpts from the new book The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild from Braided River Books as well as from her own books to explore these crucial questions and spur discussion.

December 9th:  December Program & Holiday Social, “Bears of the Last Frontier,” at the Winthrop Barn with Chris Morgan, an ecologist, conservationist, adventurer, author and TV host. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm.  Chris, a resident of Bellingham WA, has spent over 25 years immersing himself among the wildlife of five continents.  Chris will share stunning photographs and epic footage from an exciting array of locations.  Enjoy Chris’s all-at-once hilarious and moving stories from the field, and be one of the first to hear about Chris’ new movie and campaign for the bears of the world, BEARTREK.


Other Methow Conservancy Events

September 27th: Methow Conservancy Cider Squeeze & Social, 2pm - 4pm at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house, free.  Everyone is welcome to this fun event that celebrates community, conservation and the harvest season. Take a turn on the historic apple press and take home fresh apple cider.

December 9th:  December Program & Holiday Social, “Bears of the Last Frontier,” at the Winthrop Barn with Chris Morgan, an ecologist, conservationist, adventurer, author and TV host. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm.  Chris, a resident of Bellingham WA, has spent over 25 years immersing himself among the wildlife of five continents.  Chris will share stunning photographs and epic footage from an exciting array of locations.  Enjoy Chris’s all-at-once hilarious and moving stories from the field, and be one of the first to hear about Chris’ new movie and campaign for the bears of the world, BEARTREK.


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

August 17th - 23rd Wenatchee River Institute based in Leavenworth, WA is offering a week-long field course to study the ecology of the Cascades Grizzly bear.  Join wildlife biologist Dr. Bill Gaines, and his team of experts as they track the “ghost bear.”  For more information and online registration, visit www.wenatcheeriverinstitute.org.

August 29th Blues for the Burn Concert, 7 - 11 pm, at the Winthrop Barn.  Blues for the Burn, is a fundraiser to benefit victims of the Carlton Complex Wildfires, with funds raised given to The Cove.  Tim Langford and his Too Slim and the Taildraggers will headline the performance with local bands Honey & the Killer Beez, and Greg Hardy and Fred Cooley also playing. $20 suggested donation.

September 12th Raptor ID Workshop with Jerry Liguori
Join Jerry Liguori from Hawk Watch International for a raptor ID workshop in Pateros at 7PM on Friday, September 12th. Jerry has worked with raptors throughout North America studying raptor biology, life history, ID, migration, and general behavior. Jerry is a premier raptor ID Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festivalexpert and has authored 3 books: “Hawks from Every Angle”, “Hawks at a Distance”, and “The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors”.

Jerry will also be available on Saturday (see next paragraph) up on the ridge for people taking the shuttle. He will discuss in-flight identification as birds migrate down the ridge, and demonstrate in-hand identification including sexing, aging, and molting of birds. To sign up for the Friday night workshop please email rscran4350@yahoo.com. Meeting site to be determined.

September 13th Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival This fun and informative event combines family activities in Pateros with free shuttle trips to the Wells Wildlife Area and to Chelan Ridge Hawk Watch site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to their winter territories. Sponsored by Methow Valley Ranger District, North Central Washington Audubon Society, and HawkWatch International.  For more infomation go to the North Central WA Audubon website. Sign up for the shuttle to Chelan Ridge here.

North Cascades Basecamp is offering nature-based art camps for children ages 7-12 for three separate weeks in August. See more information about each camp here

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center in Twisp offers a Native Plant Garden, numerous exhibits and monthly programs.  Check out their full calendar.

Pacific Biodiversity Institute, based in the Methow Valley, is involved in a long-term conservation research and education project focused on the wildlands and associated biodiversity of South America.  As part of this project, they offer birding and biodiversity expeditions.  In late 2014, they will take several expeditions to the amazing biodiversity hotspots of northern Argentina. They invite avid birders, conservationists, citizen scientists (or professional scientists) to join them. Plan ahead now for a trip in November or December. To learn more, visit their website  or email them.

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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