August 2017 ENews

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

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 will happen Monday, August 21, 2017.  The Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting its shadow across all of North America.  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

Walking the Wild Edge
The Methow Conservancy is excited to partner with the Confluence Gallery on their “Walking the Wild Edge” art exhibit, which runs August 12 – September 23.  Join us for a special celebration of the wild and natural wonders of the Methow!  In addition to opening night, there are two special events we welcome you to attend

Pasayten Trail by Mary Powell
Pasayten Trail by Mary Powell

Thursday, Aug 10 from 5:30-7:00pm, Methow Conservancy members are invited to a pre-opening preview event.  Enjoy wine, beer and snacks, and get an early chance to see and buy pieces in the show before it opens on August 12! 

Thursday August 17 from 7:30-9:00pm, please join us and our Executive Director Jason Paulsen for our presentation “Stories and Inspiration from the Methow’s Wild Side.”  Participating artists will share their “wild Methow” stories, reflecting on the inspiration for their creativity and the pieces they have in the show.  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! 

A portion of profits from the show will benefit the Methow Conservancy, especially sales on the special event dates of Aug 10, Aug 12 and Aug 17!

The events are free.  No RSVPs needed.  For more information, contact the Methow Conservancy at 996-2870 or

Virtual Farm Tours
Creative.  Attentive.  Driven.  These are the words that come to mind to describe the hardworking farmers and ranchers of the Methow Valley.  They take great pride in growing wholesome food, raising healthy animals, and carefully stewarding our lands.  And they LOVE doing it. 

Their stories are inspiring and diverse -- and it is our great pleasure to bring some of those stories to you, in video form.  Over the coming months, we will be inviting you on a series of 3 minute, “virtual farm tours.”  You’ll hear directly from the farmer, sneak a glimpse into each farm, and get a taste of the richness our farms have to offer. 

Join us this month at for virtual tours of BCS Livestock, the Wild Plum Farm, Doubletree Dairy, Hover Highland Cattle Company, and McFarland Creek Lamb Ranch! 

Volunteer with us!
The heat of the summer is on so we are focusing on tasks in the early morning, near water, and indoors!  
Our projects are updated regularly on our page on Volunteer Methow, which is also where you’d sign up for specific tasks like those above. Stay tuned for more field and office projects!  If you haven’t checked out the new Volunteer Methow (VM) website yet, we highly encourage you to browse around for a few minutes.  A new feature is that the week’s tasks are listed right on the home page, and a notification email with every organization’s upcoming volunteer needs is emailed weekly to anyone with a VM account.   
 Collecting sedge seeds.
Featured Activity this month is:
A Sedge Seed Collecting project on Monday, August 7th. 
We will be returning to Hancock Creek on Monday, August 7th from 7:30-9:30am to collect ripe sedge seeds for continued restoration work.

Help us collect native sedge seeds from an upper valley conservation easement where extensive riparian restoration work has taken place over the last many years. The seeds will be sent to a Montana company to grow out into sedge plugs and mats which will then be replanted back into this same project area. Pretty cool! Be prepared to get your feet wet, but you'll get to enjoy a beautiful protected property and learn about the restoration efforts going on. We did this last week and the work was surprisingly meditation and peaceful, and shockingly there were no mosquitoes!

No experience necessary. We'll show you what to collect and provide the container. Wear water/muck boots, or river sandals like Chacos or Tevas. Children with an adult are welcome as long as they are old enough to walk in wet, uneven terrain and distinguish one type of sedge from another by sight.



Methow Conservancy Hats
They’re back!  It’s been a few years since we’ve had snazzy hats, and boy are we excited about them!  We have everyone’s favorite – a good ol’ fashioned fitted baseball hat, in 100% organic cotton and 6 colors.  Plus, our new hat is a hemp baseball hat with a mesh back – it’s like a trucker hat but it fits like a baseball cap.  Just $20 and you’ll be sporting a cool new hat showing everyone your Methow Conservancy pride!

Check out these hats (and our t-shirts and other goodies) here:

Get your nature groove on with these two upcoming classes.  Summer is going fast!

Annual Alpine Wildflower HikePhoto by Mary Kiesau.
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, and take a great hike too.  Good physical fitness and the ability to hike in mountain terrain 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 for the location and to register.

“True Nature” - The Art and Craft of Field Journaling
Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, 10am-4pm both days, $150* plus materials.
Do you get inspired by the natural world?  Are you interested in learning how to draw what you see?  In this hands-on class you will learn the fundamentals of field sketching, note-taking, and journaling to creatively engage your surroundings.  Taught by Perri Howard, artist and educator, and assisted by Mary Kiesau, naturalist and educator at the Methow Conservancy.

During the first half of each day, we will develop drawing and writing techniques in Perri’s studio at TwispWorks.  We will then apply our new skills in the field, working at a beautiful location in the Methow Valley.  This class is designed to grow your thoughts, feelings, and observations of the natural world, while providing easy-to-learn techniques for drawing, journaling, and composition.  No experience is necessary. 

Materials cost is $30 including a sketchbook, colored pencils, pens, erasers, sharpener and a carrying case for you to keep. Space is limited to 8 people. Contact Mary at 996-2870 or to register.  

GenNxt Summer Social
Our GenNxt kickball and social event was a blast!  We just have to share some photos.  Thanks to all who were able to attend, especially the many new faces!

If you’d like to join our Methow GenNxt group, see the group’s Facebook Page, or contact us anytime at or 509-996-2870.  

Mark Your Calendar for the Squeeze
Sunday, October 1st from 2:00 – 4:00pm
The Sabold Residence, 17 Bean Rd (1 mile south of Winthrop on the East County Rd)

Mark your calendars and clean-up a couple of jugs for our annual Cider Squeeze & Social at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house just south of Winthrop. This sweet event is always a laid-back, family-friendly time to celebrate community, conservation and the harvest season!  There’s fun for all ages. We hope you’ll join us!  Note, this year’s event is on the first Sunday in October!

This unique celebration is free and everyone is welcome!  Stay tuned for apple picking volunteer opportunities in September.  Contact us at 996-2870 or if you have questions or need directions. 

New Newsletter
Our biannual 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 news about the Washington Conservation Corps crew that worked with us on numerous conservation easements this spring; FireWise landscaping; an interview with Volunteer Methow creators; our new Methow Grown website, and much more!


New Members  - Thank You!
Our new members in July were Meg King & Scott Bingen.  Thank you for inspiring people to care for the land of the Methow Valley!

Methow Conservancy Events

AuguPhoto by Mary 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 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.  Good physical fitness is necessary.  Space is limited to 12 people.  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or to register.

August 7th:  Sedge Seed Collecting Volunteer Event, 7:30-9:30am.  Volunteers are needed to help collect native sedge seeds from a riparian restoration project on an upper Valley conservation easement to be used in more restoration work. See more details including how to sign up here

August 10th: “Walking the Wild Edge” special preview night, 5:30-7:00pm, free, at the Confluence Gallery.  See above for more details.

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.

September 23rd - 24th: True Nature: The Art and Craft of Field Journaling, 10am-4pm both days, $150* Cider Squeeze October 1st! Photo by Mary materials. Join professional artist and teacher Perri Howard along with Mary Kiesau, naturalist and educator at the Methow Conservancy, in this hands-on class to explore the natural world of the Methow and learn the fundamental aspects of field sketching, note-taking, and journaling to creatively engage your surroundings.  See above for more details.

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

News from Other Organizations

The North Cascade Mountain Hostel is hosting the Telluride “Mountainfilm” Festival, in Mazama, August 25-26.  See all the details here

The Ninth Annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival is September 15th -16th.  Join the Methow Valley Ranger District, HawkWatch International, and North Central Washington Audubon Society for this free family event which combines activities in Pateros, WA and shuttle trips to the Chelan Ridge migration site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories.  See more details here.

Classroom in Bloom’s Fall Garden Party is September 16, 5-8pm. There will be cocktails, sweet and savory snacks, live music, raffle tickets for garden prizes, and friends, $25.  Details here.

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center has a few more “Last Sunday” presentations coming up, including “Why Wetlands Matter” on Aug. 27, “Landscaping with Fire” on Sept. 24 and “Cultural Plants” on Oct 29.  See their calendar here.

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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.

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