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July 2018 ENews

Welcome to E-News - A monthly brief to inspire us all to care for the land of the Methow Valley.


This Month’s Theme:  Beyond Us
Most organizational newsletters (ours included!) typically focus on projects we’re doing and how you can get involved.  This month we want to also highlight some of the great work of other organizations who are doing awesome things to inspire people to care for the land.  We hope their efforts will energize you (as they do us) and that you’ll agree that conservation takes a whole community.

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First Tuesday: “The Ecology and Conservation of the Cascade Red Fox” 
Tuesday, July 3rd, 7-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, Free.

Tony CaradoDr. Jocelyn Akins from the Oregon-based Cascades Carnivore Project (CCP)will share her work on the ecology and conservation of the Cascade Red Fox, a candidate species for protection in Washington. The volcanoes of the Cascade Range appear to act as islands of habitat for Cascade Red Fox populations. CCP also researches wolverine populations and we’ll hope to hear an update on that program, too!

CCP offers an interesting collaborative model to their work, involving wildlife biologists and managers, local Tribes, STEM students, citizen scientists, and other non-profit organizations. 

The doors at the Winthrop Barn will open at 6:30pm.  The event is free and open to everyone.  For more information, contact 996-2870 or info@methowconservancy.org.

Photo by Tony Carado

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GenNxt Summer Social!
For the last 18 months, we’ve been teaming up with other Methow Valley organizations to help make sure the voices of community members in their younger adult years are heard.  From Twispworks, to the Methow Housing Trust and the Trails Collaborative, we’ve had fun learning together about all the ways the next generation of leaders can help the Methow Valley thrive. Now it’s summer, and it’s time for just some plain old good fun.

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Methow Conservancy’s GenNxt - Capture the Flag and Summer Social
Wednesday, July 25th @ 5:30pm

Future conservation leaders (ages 20’s – early 40’s) of the Methow, come join the Methow Conservancy staff at Twisp Park at 5:30pm on Wednesday, July 25 for the best darn game of capture the flag you have ever played!

After the game, walk with us over to the OSB Taproom at TwispWorks, where we’ll provide some eats, a pint, and some mingling as we all discover how many millennials are truly hiding out in the Valley.

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Summer Field Classes
The days are long and the higher hills are calling.  We’re excited to collaborate with some very knowledgeable naturalists to help you see even more beauty in this amazing Valley.

Alpine Flowers_KiesauAlpine Wildflower Hike - Annual Alpine Walk with Mary Kiesau
Monday, July 23, 8:00am – 4:00pm. Free -- this hike is currently full.

It’s time to head for the mountains!  Join naturalist and educator, 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 field-trip is free and open to anyone but space is limited to 12 people. This walk is currently full, but contact us to get on the waitlist.

Dragonfly & Damselfly Field Class
Wednesday, August 8th, 11:00am – 2:00pm, $15

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Jim Walker, author of “Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast” and our August “First Tuesday” speaker is staying in the Valley an extra day to offer a field class.  August is prime-time for dragonflies and damselflies, and Jim and his wife will help us identify and observe some of the 60 species that live in the Methow Valley.

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures, with a rich heritage of folklore and fables that vary greatly from culture to culture. European cultures tend to see them as dangerous — even deadly. Asian and Native American cultures see them as signs of good luck, longevity, and prosperity. The facts about dragonflies are even more interesting than the fables:

• They have six legs, but don’t walk.
• They have acute vision, but can’t hear.
• They predate dinosaurs, but are going strong today.
• They can spin at 1,000 rpm in mid-flight — the fastest spin in nature.

During this field class you will view their colorful bodies and unique behaviors via binoculars and spotting scopes – this field-class will not involve catching the insects with nets.  Check out Jim’s blog The Dragonfly Whisperer.

The class costs just $15, and can accommodate 15 people.   

Photo by Jim Walker

Contact us at info@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870 for questions or to register for any of the following activities.  Space is limited and registration is required even for free events. 

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Western Sheep MothJust for Fun – Did You Know?
Delving a little deeper into things you can find right here in the Methow.

Common name: Western sheep moth or Brown day moth
Scientific name: Hemileuca Eglanterina
Did you know: Western sheep moth adults are a diurnal (active in the daytime) moth.  They are generalist feeders who like to snack on trees and shrubs such as rose, hawthorn, cherry, serviceberry, and bitterbrush. During our June 15th butterfly and moth field class with David Dropper we found this guy on a car tire in the Chickadee trailhead parking lot. Just goes to show you -- always keep your eyes open for rainbow sherbet colored moths!

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Shout Outs!
Methow ArtsA big shout out of gratitude to Methow Arts for going green with Arts Fest this year.  We read on their Facebook page that they are making bold changes to their all-day July 4th celebration in Twisp:  no straws, no plastic water bottles, no plastic throwaway table cloths, no glass, and the addition of recycling stations in the Twisp Park.  Plus you’ll get to make amazing Lewis Butteart and be entertained on the main stage.  Sounds like a great way to celebrate community!

Another shout out to the Methow Valley Trails Collaborative.  We’re proud to be just one part of a truly broad coalition of organizations working on sustainable recreation in the Methow Valley.  And, this last week, we were super-excited to be included in the celebration of the Methow Valley Trails Collaborative receiving the Organization of the Year award from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The Methow Valley Trails Collaborative was honored for leveraging more than 10,000 hours of trail work to maintain more than 1,000 miles of local winter and summer trails.  The award specifically acknowledged the recent efforts to create a sustainable trail system at Lewis Butte/Riser Lake, which was heralded as “a prime example of how recreation and conservation can coexist.”  Of course, we share this award with so many of you who have volunteered on all of the various trail projects through the years!

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The Air We Breathe
The Methow Valley Clean Air Project is hard at work spreading awareness about air quality and how we can all help.  MV Clean Air

As the potential for wildfire smoke increases through the summer, you may want to download their “Methow Air” app or check out these air quality monitoring sites: 

Air Now
Washington DOE Air Quality 
Direct Link to Winthrop Station 
Direct Link to Twisp Station 
USFS Air Quality Cam (Pasayten)
Washington Smoke Blog

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Got Kids?
Summer is a great time to explore the wonders of nature.  We’ve got a few ideas to help inspire your aspiring naturalists:

Activity BookletDownload our Young Naturalist Activity Book:  This fun 16-page guide 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. Hard copies of the booklet are available for $3 at the Methow Conservancy office and at the Glover Street Market in Twisp.

Explore a Summer Day Camp:  The Bush School Methow Campus, located on one of our 112 conservation easements, is hosting two day camps this summer for elementary-aged students and they still have some room. Both camps will focus on adventuring on this wild property and exploring games, using scientific tools, and lots of wondering about the Methow’s backyard.  Camouflage Camp runs July 16th through the 20th for grades 3-5.  Animal Detective Camp for grades 1-2 will run July 23rd through the 27th.  Camps start at 9:00 am and finish at 3:30pm each day (Monday – Friday) with a flexible ½ hour drop off/pick up time.  Questions – call Max Thomas at 612-986-0633 or max.thomas@bush.edu.  To register go to: https://www.bush.edu/page/experience-education/summer-programs  and scroll to the bottom for the Methow Summer Camps.

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Volunteer MethowWe continue to be so inspired by www.volunteermethow.org – connecting generous people with all of the nonprofits in the Valley offering meaningful and fun volunteer opportunities.  Check it out if you haven’t yet (or check it again to see what’s new).  From smashing stuff at Methow Recycles, to being a docent at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, or gardening with Classroom in Bloom (and so much more!) there are lots of ways to give back to the land and community.  Keep your eye out for new volunteer opportunities from us later this summer, too!

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Summer Reading
Our email inboxes here at the Methow Conservancy are often full of articles we share with each other to help inform our work or inspire discussion.  Recently, we realized that you might be interested in seeing what we’ve been reading.  Hence the Methow Conservancy’s Summer Reading List is born! It is a curated list of articles that have garnered the most dialogue amongst our staff and thus will hopefully do the same with all of you. Enjoy!

Editor’s note: These articles do not represent the beliefs or opinions of the Methow Conservancy or its staff. We offer them purely as a means of sparking discussion.

Summer ReadingNew York Times-- "This Ruling Gives Us Hope: Supreme Court Sides with Tribe in Salmon Case"
Snapshot: Legal battles started in the 1970’s between the State of Washington and Washington State Tribes over the implications for Salmon habitat of Treaties signed in 1855, have come to a close when the United States Supreme Court recently came to a tied 4-4 decision.

USA Today-- "Charitable Giving is at a Record High: Here is Where We’re Donating Our Money.
Snapshot: Americans donated a record 400 billion dollars to charity in 2017. Most of that giving was done by individuals, who gave 287 billion dollars. Keep it up in 2018! 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America-- "Adapt to More Wildfire in Western North American Forests as Climate Changes"
Snapshot: Researchers from several top universities have a message for land managers in the West. Fire regimes are permanently changing and fuels management is not an adequate solution anymore. The West needs an approach to wildfire that includes what they call adaptive resilience, which is a way of adjusting to changing fire regimes by learning, reorganizing, and changing in both social and environmental contexts. You might want a strong cup of coffee or whiskey for this one!

Magicvalley.com-- "Range Ecologist: Grazing Gets a Bad Rap"
Snapshot: With the ongoing recovery of sage grouse habitat in the West, cattle grazing often gets pointed to as the bad guy. However, a University of Idaho range ecology professor has found that grazing actually helps prevent the two biggest threats to sage grouse habitat.

Anchorage Daily News-- "Alaskan Husky Rescues Injured Hiker from Frigid Eagle River Along Crow Pass Trail
Snapshot: Most of us have crossed a fast moving stream or river in the early hiking season and at the other end thought well I am glad that went well… It’s nice to see that if things don’t go well there is a husky guardian angel looking out for us!

If you’ve got a good article to share with us, send it to us at info@methowconservancy.org

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New Newsletter News
MC Summer News 2018Our twice-a-year printed newsletter was recently mailed out.  Did you get one?  If not, let us know you want to be added to our mailing list and/or view it online here.

This newsletter features more info about our recent purchase of the Heckendorn Property, our collaborative participation with Twispworks and the Okanogan Conservation District on the feasibility of local livestock processing in Okanogan County, and much more.

We’re always excited to highlight in this edition of the newsletter our business partners who remind us that it does take a whole community to care for a place as special as the Methow Valley.  Be sure to check out our business partner list and thank them for supporting conservation!

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Methow Conservancy Events
July 3: “First Tuesday” Program, “The Ecology and Conservation of the Cascade Red Fox” with Jocelyn Akins of the Cascades Carnivore Project, 7:00pm, at the Winthrop Barn, free. See above for more details. alpine hike_kiesau

July 14-15:  Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*.  Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz.  This class is full but we encourage people to get on the waitlist, or see the same class below on Oct 6-7.

July 23:  Annual Alpine Wildflower Hike , 8:00am – 4:00pm, free.  Join naturalist Mary Kiesau, to view, identify and enjoy alpine wildflowers in their splendid summer glory.  The location will be based on conditions.  Good physical fitness is necessary.  Space is limited to 12 people and registration is required.   This hike is currently full. (wildflower photo to right by Mary Kiesau)

July 25:  GenNxt Capture the Flag and Summer Social, 5:30pm, Twisp Park.  Join us for a great game of capture the flag and then we’ll walk over to the OSB Taproom at Twispworks for some eats, drinks, and mingling.

River JewelwingAugust 7:  “First Tuesday” Program, “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast” with speaker Jim Walker 7:00pm, at the Merc Playhouse, free.
(River jewelwing photo to left by Jim Walker)

August 8: Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast” field class with Jim Walker 11:00am-2:00pm, $15*, limited to 15 people.  See above for more details.

September 4: "First Tuesday" Program - Apples to Apples: What You Need to Know About the Apple Maggot Quarantine and Caring for Backyard Fruit.  Location TBD.  Free.
Mike Claus of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and Dan McCarthy of the Okanogan County Horticultural, Pest, and Disease Control Board will inform us about the proposed Apple Maggot Quarantine in the upper Methow Valley.  They will also offer solutions for managing backyard tree fruit and preventing the spread of critical pests like Apple Maggot and Coddling Moth.  

September 30:  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 at the Sabold’s house in Winthrop. Free.

Oct 6-7: Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*.  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. David actively engages participants in identification and interpretation of tracks and signs, and builds in lots of time for questions and discussion, too.  This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, and you might even achieve a wildlife tracking certificate through Cybertracker Conservation. Certificates are awarded on three levels. The whole experience is a lot of fun to boot!  The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200* per person. Lodging and food are on you own. Contact us for more details or to register at 509-996-2870 or info@methowconservancy.org.  Coyote Skull_Kiesau

Nov 11: The Wide World of Animal Skulls & Bones, indoor class with Marcus Reynerson,9:00am-4:30pm, $65*, limited to 20 people.  All animals engage with the world through their sensory perception via the skull. Through studying the evolutionary history that is evident in the structures of skulls, we can get a rich glimpse into the lives of animals. What are its dominant senses? What is its primary diet? How is this animal adapted to live in particular environments? How do you identify an animal based on its skull? These are some of the questions we will work through with wildlife and skull expert Marcus Reynerson of the Wilderness Awareness School during this in-depth daylong workshop exploring the fascinating world of the skulls and bones of some of our local species.  The class is $65.  Space is limited and registration is required. Contact us at 996-2870 or info@methowconservancy.org to reserve your spot. (Skull photo to right by Mary Kiesau.)

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News from Other Organizations
Join the Confluence Gallery in Twisp on July 7th from 5 to 8pm for the opening of their new exhibit “Birds and Bees.” 

The Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society offers flower and other naturalist hikes through the spring and summer.  See their offerings here.

Looking for a job with a Washington Land Trust? There are several great job postings from organizations in WA (and beyond) at the Washington Association of Land Trusts jobs page.

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*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