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:

Photo by Mary KiesauNovember 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.

January 6th:"A Squirrel's World: Squirrels of the Pacific Northwest, " 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Twisp River Pub.  The Pacific Northwest is home to one of the most diverse collections of squirrel species anywhere in the world!  The specific adaptations and behavior of our tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels, marmots, and chipmunks provide a window into one of the most successful families of rodents in the world. Join David Moskowitz, author and photographer of Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest for an evening of engaging photography, fun field stories, and more information than you ever imaged about these furry and noisy neighbors.  Free.

February 3rd: "Ghost Bears: Studying Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades," 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Twisp River Pub.  Wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines will discuss his three-year search for grizzly bears in the North Cascades.  Learn about the history of grizzlies in the Pacific Northwest, and the potential for grizzly bear recovery. Dr. Gaines will also describe the unique methods used to study these charismatic bruins along with tales of climbing, hiking, wading, and rappelling through this iconic landscape in the quest to document the presence of grizzlies in the North Cascades.  Free.


Other Methow Conservancy Events

October 27th: Renewal Rally, 7:00 - 8:30pm, at the Mountaineers Bldg, Seattle, free.  Join us for dessert from Methow Valley bakeries, a special panel discussion with experts from the Methow focused on renewal, and a chance to gather together and connect with others who love this Valley.  Click here for more details.
 
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.

January 10th:  Introduction to Winter Wildlife Tracking, 8:30am – 12:30pm, $45.  Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with professional wildlife tracker and educator, Dave Moskowitz.  Learn how to identify and interpret wildlife tracks and signs so that you can connect with the hidden lives of the creatures that share this land with us!  Registration is necessary and space is limited to 13 people.  Call or email us at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org to reserve your spot.


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

DamNation Film, Oct 23rd, 7pm at the Twisp River Pub, presented by the Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, free.  This award-winning film explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream.  Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.  For information go to ccfeg.org or email Sean@ccfeg.org

County Comprehensive Plan Hearing, October 23 - The Okanogan County Hearings Examiner will hear Methow Valley Citizen Council’s appeal of the current draft Comprehensive Plan EIS on Oct. 23.  The public hearing on the Comp Plan is not yet scheduled, but will take place sometime after the Hearing Examiner renders his decision. MVCC will be encouraging more written public comment on the Comp Plan in the weeks leading up to the hearing. See http://mvcitizens.org/ for more details.

ATV Ordinance Hearing, Oct 30.  Okanogan Superior Court will hear Methow Valley Citizen Council’s appeal of Okanogan County’s ATV ordinance on Oct 30. Time TBD.

Washington State University, Dept of Sociology, Changing Times, Changing Families in Rural Washington Study seeks to look at the issues impacting families in rural Washington State through in-depth interviews (1-2 hour) with rural adults.  The project will help raise awareness of rural families’ needs and strategies for coping with change.  Click here for more details including compensation.

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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