July 2017 ENews

First Tuesday Programs

Solar EclipseThere was no program in July.  The next free monthly program is August 1st.

“An Eclipse to Remember"
Tuesday, August 1, 7:00-8:30pm at the Sun Mountain Lodge Pasayten Room

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting its shadow across all of North America. This will be the first total solar eclipse (TSE) visible in the contiguous United States in 38 years and the first across the entire US in 99 years.  David Ingram, amateur astronomer and newly minted eclipse chaser, will present the beauty, the history and the celestial mechanics of solar and lunar eclipses.  The challenges and logistics of safe and effective viewing the 2017 TSE will also be discussed.  David will also share a bit of information on Dark Skies. David is the President of the Boeing Employees' Astronomical Society; a leader in the Dark Skies NW Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association; and a Vice President of the Seattle Astronomical Society

The program is free and open to everyone.  Come early to enjoy dinner in the bar or restaurant!  For more information, contact 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.

Volunteering in the Methow
Volunteering in the Methow Valley got a whole lot easier recently with the release of the new website Volunteer Methow.  The volunteer creators of the site are updating and improving the site regularly, including a newly redesigned calendar feature on the tasks page.  Look for the calendar icon on the top right corner of the tasks.

Coming up this month, the Burch Mountain trail work party with Methow Trails and partners on July 22 and 23 looks like a great activity.  Pick your shift and enjoy a BBQ to boot!  If indoors in the air-conditioning is more your thing, check out the easy concession shifts at the Merc Playhouse.  Volunteering for one hour before the upcoming summer show gets you a free ticket!

Welcome Nick, Volunteer Intern!
We’re very excited to welcome Liberty Bell High School student Nick Fitzmaurice as our volunteer intern this summer.  He’s spending a good part of his summer with us, mingled with swim team practice and meets, work and vacations.  Already, he’s monitored conservation easements, met with staff and landowners on easement amendments, participated in a farm film visit, and there’s more to come!  It’s great to have Nick’s perspective, knowledge, questions, and youthful energy (!) with us and we’re trying hard to make sure he gets a chance to experience conservation in action and catch a first-hand glimpse at life in a nonprofit organization.  We asked him to introduce himself to you:

My name is Nicholas Fitzmaurice and I am 16 years old. I have lived in Mazama, Washington for over 10 years and I love the outdoors. In the fall I will be starting my Junior year at Liberty Bell High School.

I hope that through my internship with the Methow Conservancy, I will be able to learn more about my home, and see the valley in a new perspective. Though I have only just begun my internship, I have already started to learn more about the Methow. Through easement monitoring, I have not only begun to learn how special the natural environment is here in the valley, but I have also learned to recognize many of the native plant species that are found here. There is much to be learned from this experience, and I look forward to seeing it through.

GenNxt Summer Social
Monday, July 24th, 5pm at the Winthrop Ballfield
“Methow GenNxt” is the Methow Conservancy’s effort to engage, learn from and support the “next generation” of conservation-minded young adults (early 20s to early 40s) who love the Methow Valley, whether they grew up here, live here now or just visit.

We held a GenNxt presentation and discussion on sustainable economic development in May, and now it’s time for some fun!

GenNxt Summer Social - Monday July 24th, 5pm

Kickball game starts @ 5:30 at the Winthrop Ballfield (across from Methow Cycle & Sport)
Beer & Brats (or cider or wine or soda!) @ 7 at the Methow Valley Cider House.

You should arrive around 5pm.  The first 20 people to arrive will get a cool Team T-shirt! 
At 7pm we’ll head over to the Cider House for refreshments.  The Methow Conservancy will cover the first brat and drink.  Even if you can't make it to kickball, join us for the social time on the back patio at the Cider House!  It’s free and fun!

BONUS: All GenNxters who register for a Volunteer Methow task by July 24 will get a Methow Conservancy prize that will definitely make your friends jealous! 


Photo by Mary Kiesau.
Annual Alpine Wildflower Hike
Thursday, August 3, 8:00am – 4:00pm, free

It’s time to head for the mountains!  Join Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, Mary Kiesau, to view, identify and enjoy alpine wildflowers in their splendid summer glory.  Mary will choose the location based on conditions.  Good physical fitness is necessary.  Bring your own lunch and plan to be out all day.  This event is free and open to the public but space is limited to 12 people.  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org to register.

Stories and Inspiration from the Methow’s Wild Side
Thursday, August 17, 7:30-9:00pm at the Confluence Gallery, free

Pasayten Trail by Mary Powell
Pasayten Trail by Mary Powell

The Methow Conservancy is partnering with the Confluence Gallery on their “Walking the Wild Edge” art exhibit, which opens August 12.  Join us for a special celebration of the wild and natural wonders of the Methow!  Artists participating in the “Walking the Wild Edge” show will share their “wild Methow” stories, reflecting on the inspiration for their creativity and the pieces they have in the show.  Jason Paulsen from the Methow Conservancy will guide the discussion and share why this all matters to the work of the Methow Conservancy and to all of us.  

Everyone who shares a love for the wild side of the Methow, the edges where wilderness, wildlife and people mix, and art and the artistic process, should come to this event at the Confluence! 

The show opens with a reception on August 12 from 4:00 – 8:00pm, and runs through September 23.  A portion of profits from the show will benefit the Methow Conservancy.

The event is free and open to everyone.  No RSVPs needed.  For more information, contact the Methow Conservancy at 996-2870 or info@methowconservancy.org

Want to live on a Conservation Easement?
When the Methow Conservancy and a landowner protect a piece of property with a conservation easement that is just the beginning of the conservation story. As with all private land, these protected properties may be sold to new owners. The conservation easement stays with the land, and the Methow Conservancy continues to work in partnership with any new landowners to ensure the conservation values of the property are maintained. 

There are often conservation easement properties for sale in the Methow Valley. We have a webpage featuring all these special properties, complete with direct links to their realty pages. Take a look at our “Conservation Buyer” webpage

The Methow Conservancy hopes to promote the purchase of conservation easement properties to those with a strong understanding and pride in the conservation values and ongoing stewardship of the land.

It’s Summertime…
And that means there may be fires and smoke in the region.  Here’s a list of local Air Quality resources:

Washington DOE Air Quality
Direct Link to Winthrop Station
Direct Link to Twisp Station
B.C. Air Quality Site
USFS Air Quality Cam (Pasayten)

If you’re out of the valley and just wondering what things look like, check out the list of “webcams” here

The Okanogan County-wide burn ban went into effect July 1st.  This means no outdoor burning is allowed.  The use of gas or charcoal-fired barbecues is allowed.  Read the detailed County resolution here, including exemptions and definitions.

Young Naturalist Activity BookletGot Kids? Get the Young Naturalist Activity Booklet!
This fun 16-page booklet features a variety of nature-related games, quizzes, and activities, including a hiking scavenger hunt, matching animals to their tracks, an outdoor activities crossword puzzle, and much more.

Unique illustrations – left black and white for coloring – attract and engage kids. Plus, interesting “Did You Know” facts like “did you know the bark of large ponderosa pine trees smell like butterscotch?” encourage kids to have fun while exploring nature, wildlife and science.

The booklet is available for free as a downloadable file. Hard copies of the booklet are available for $3 at the Methow Conservancy office and at the Glover Street Market in Twisp. See the booklet here.

New Members  - Thank You!
Our new members in June were:  Carol Beers, Brad Faulhaber, and Christy & Robin Stebbins.  Thank you for inspiring people to care for the land of the Methow Valley!

Methow Conservancy Events
July 24th: Methow GenNxt Kickball Summer Social, 5pm at the Winthrop ballfield for kickball, 7pm at the Methow Valley Cider House for dinner and drinks.  Free!  See above for more details.

August 1st: Methow Conservancy “First Tuesday” Program, “An Eclipse to Remember” with David Ingram of the International Dark Sky Association, 7:00-8:30pm, in the Sun Mountain Lodge Pasayten Room, free. Come early to enjoy dinner in the bar or Alpine Forget-me-not, photo by Mary Kiesau.restaurant!  See above for more details.

August 3rd:  Annual Alpine Wildflower Hike, 8:00am – 4:00pm, free.  Join Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, Mary Kiesau, to view, identify and enjoy alpine wildflowers in their splendid summer glory.  Mary will choose the location based on conditions.  Good physical fitness is necessary.  Space is limited to 12 people.  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org to register.

August 17th: Stories and Inspiration from the Methow’s Wild Side, 7:30-9:00pm, free, at the Confluence Gallery with participating artists in the “Walking the Wild Edge” art exhibit.  See above for more details.

September 5th: Methow Conservancy “First Tuesday” Program, “The Bluebird Man,” film followed by a talk with Ken Bevis, 7:00-8:30pm, free, at the Merc Playhouse.

October 1st: Annual Cider Squeeze, 2-4pm, free.  Save the Date!  It’s a sweet celebration of conservation.  We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon.  Free and fun for all ages.
October 7-8th:  Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200.  This class is full but a waitlist is available. Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker and educator, David Moskowitz.  The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200* per person. Lodging and food are on you own. Contact Mary to register at 509-996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org

News from Other Organizations

Thursday, July 13th at 6pm in the Twisp Library, Kent Woodruff is presenting "One Stick", a short film about climate change in the Methow Valley and projects that are working to mitigate the effects: like the Methow Beaver Project.

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center is open for the season! See all their “Last Sunday” presentations, upcoming exhibits, workshops and other news here.

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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.

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