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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 us at 996-2870 or email us.


First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

December 4:  Our Annual Holiday Social and December First Tuesday with Julianne Ubigau of the Conservation Canines Program
6pm  @ The Winthrop Barn. 
Jaymi Heimbach

We'll start with some good old-fashioned socializing with free appetizers and holiday punch and then we'll take a few moments to honor some conservation heroes in the commyunity. We'll wrap up a great evening with a very special First Tuesday Presentation. We’re excited to welcome Julianne Ubigau and Sampson from the Conservation Canine Program at the University of Washington to the Barn!  Since 1997, the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) has developed novel, non-invasive ways to examine DNA, hormones and toxin levels in a variety of threatened and endangered animals by using rescue dogs. By rescuing and training highly energetic dogs, the Center’s unique Conservation Canines (CK9) program assists wildlife researchers in learning about a diverse range of wildlife species that include insects, amphibians, carnivores and even whales. The CK9 program and the Center for Conservation Biology are driven by the goal to understand how environmental pressures impact wildlife and human health worldwide. Julianne and Sampson have been a team for 10 years, tracking everything from the tiny Pacific pocket mouse to Jemez mountain Salamanders, and invasive plant called garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). If you love conservation, rescue dogs, or just feel-good stories you won’t want to miss this pretty amazing story! Photo at right by Jaymi Heimbach.

First Tuesday on a Thursday: January 3: Citizen Scientists and Seasonal Snow Modeling with David Hill
The Merc Playhouse. Doors Open at 6:30pm, Presentation is from 7-8pm.
OSU Environmental Engineering professor and co-leader of the NASA-funded Community Snow Observation Project, David Hill will share more about this ongoing project to better understand mountain snow distribution using citizen science and satellite remote sensing. There will be plenty of opportunity to learn how you can get involved!

First Tuesday February Arctic Double Header:
Thursday, February 7th
The Winthrop Barn. Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation from 7-8pm
Mary Gallagher of the Alaska Wilderness League and Susan Ballinger Conservation Fellow at the Chelan Douglas Land Trust will share their photos and experiences traveling through the Alaska’s Arctic Coastal Plain and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Friday, February 8th
The Winthrop Barn. Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation from 7-8pm
Join Seattle based writer of “Arctic Solitaire” and award winning photographer Paul Souders as he showcases his amazing photos and tells his incredible tales from a three year quest to photograph poolar bears in their Canadian arctic home.

February Special Feature! Melissa Arnot the Athlete, Advocate, and Adventurer
Tuesday, February 26th
The Winthrop Barn. Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation from 7-8pm
Winthrop-based professional mountaineer Melissa Arnot will share stories from her adventures and advocacy in Washington, Nepal, and beyond! This should be an amazing talk by a truly inspirational human being. You won’t want to miss it!


Other Methow Conservancy Events

January 8th: Methow GenNxt - Avalanche Awareness and Ice Skating Social, 6-8pm  
Join us upstairs at the Winthrop Ice Rink as local professional ski guide and avalanche forecaster Drew Lovell talks about avalanche awareness and snow safety while we eat pizza and then we will head outside to skate! Details on skates and pricing will come out soon, so be sure to check your email or the GenNxt Facebook group. If you don’t know, Methow GenNxt is a gathering of Methow Valleys future leaders ages (21-45) where we come together, have fun, and make lasting connections. Stay tuned for more details.

January 12th: Winter Tracking with Nate Bacon - 8:30am-12:30pm, $45. Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with professional wildlife trackers and educators.  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!  We are offering two separate half-day field-classes with extremely knowledgeable local wildlife track and sign teacher Nate Bacon. Snowshoes and good fitness are necessary.  Registration is necessary and space is limited.  Contact us at 996-2870 or email us  to reserve your spot.

January 16th: Big Valley Owling Adventure, 6 - 7:30pm
We'll walk the Big Valley loop looking and listening for owls! To sign up, email us or call (509) 996–2870. 

February 9th: Winter Tracking with Nate Bacon - 8:30am-12:30pm, $45. Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with professional wildlife trackers and educators.  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!  We are offering two separate half-day field-classes with extremely knowledgeable local wildlife track and sign teacher Nate Bacon. Snowshoes and good fitness are necessary.  Registration is necessary and space is limited.  Contact us at 996-2870 or email us  to reserve your spot.


Events from Other Organizations
December 18th: Natural History Photo Travelogue @ Twisp Public Library, 6 to 7:30pm: Join ecologist and wildlife photographer, John Winnie Jr., as he takes you on a Galapagos and Ecuador natural history photo travelogue.

Biology Class: The Life Around Us  -- Dana Visalli of the Methow Naturalist is offering a 7-class winter course on “Life on Earth”--covering the 6 kingdoms of Life. That means Bacteria and Archaea through Animals. Classes are on the first 3 Wednesdays in December and the first 4 Wednesdays in January at 7 PM at The Cove II in Twisp. All are welcome, cost is by donation, $0-$100. Contact Dana for more information or call 509-997-9011.  

Christmas Bird Count: The North Central Washington Chapter of the Audubon Society, a four-county region, hosts six separate bird counts.  Get all the info here:  http://www.ncwaudubon.org/christmasbirdcount.html

Job Opening at Chelan-Douglas Land Trust:  The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is hiring a Director of Philanthropy to help lead their growing and successful land conservation organization. The Director of Philanthropy will play a leadership role and oversees all aspects of fundraising for annual operations, special programs, and long-term financial security.  You can find the full job description and more details here: https://www.cdlandtrust.org/who-we-are/employment/director-philanthropy

Check out a full calendar of Methow Valley community events here.

 


*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