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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 Mary at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org


First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:
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May 1: “First Tuesday” Program, “Tracking Purple Martins - to South America and Back” with speaker Julie Hovis, 7:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, free.

Wildlife biologist Julie Hovis will share information from a ground-breaking study she helped run in South Carolina on Purple Martin migration using geolocator tracking devices.  Julie managed and monitored a purple martin colony in South Carolina that successfully fledged over 900 nestlings during a 12-year period.  Learn about the Purple Martin’s life and migration cycle, nesting biology and pre-migratory roosts.  Julie will also talk briefly about the status of the Purple Martin in Washington.

The doors open at 6:30pm.  For more information, contact 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.

June 5: “First Tuesday” Program, “Crown Jewel: Creating North Cascades National Park” with speaker Lauren Danner, 7:00pm, at the Winthrop Barn, free.

August 7:  “First Tuesday” Program, “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast” with speaker Jim Walker 7:00pm, location TBA, free.


Other Methow Conservancy Events

April 6: “Nature Drawing Near & Far” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on “Mountains, Clouds & Rivers” with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65 or $240 for 4-class series (4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/25).  Space limited, registration required.  Click here for more details.  
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April 7: Wildlife Tracking Intensive, first of six sessions, once a month from April to September, with instructor Nate Bacon, $460 for 6-month series.  Click here for more details.

April 8: Amphibian Survey Training.  Get trained to survey a local pond or wetland this spring, searching for frog and salamander egg masses and larvae.  After the training, surveys will occur on your own schedule from mid-April to late-May. 

April 11: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk, 4:30-6:30pm with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.

westernkingbird_kiesauApril 19: Methow Conservancy Bird Walk, 8:30-10:30am with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.

April 20: “Nature Drawing Near & Far” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on “Leaves & Trees” with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65 or $240 for 4-class series (4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/25).  Space limited, registration required.  Click here for more details 

April 21: Earth Day Volunteer Work Party at Lewis Butte, 8:30 – Noon.  Help us restore a particularly steep and eroded section of trail on Lewis Butte.  Click here for more details.

April 26: Methow Conservancy Flower Walk, 5:00-7:00pm with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.

April 28: “Adopt-a-Highway” Clean-Up, 9:00 - 11:30am. Eight volunteers are needed to help us clean-up a short section of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop. See more details here

May 1: Methow Conservancy Bird Walk, 8:00-10:00am with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.

May 4: “Nature Drawing Near & Far” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on “Spring Flowers” with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65 or $240 for 4-class series (4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/25).  Space limited, registration required.  Click here for more details.  

May 9: Methow Conservancy Bird Walk, 8:00-10:00am with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.

May 14: Methow Conservancy Flower Walk, 5:00-7:00pm with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.kiesau_walking


May 19-20: Methow Valley Trails Collaborative “Save-A-Trail” project on Lewis Butte & Riser Lake. 

May 22: Methow Grown Film Festival in Seattle, 7pm, free at The Bush School Seattle campus. The world-premiere of the Methow Grown Film Festival was such a big hit at the Winthrop Barn in February that we’ve decided to bring this free, fun, and super-inspiring event to the Seattle area.  We’ll share nine short films, each focusing on a Methow Valley agriculturalist and their innovative, can-do approach to farming in the Methow Valley.  The films, created by our Agricultural Director Alyssa Jumars, are insightful, entertaining, and the kind of thing that will make you love this Valley even more. 

May 24: Methow Conservancy Flower Walk, 5:00-7:00pm with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.

May 25: “Nature Drawing Near & Far” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on “Songbirds” with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65 or $240 for 4-class series (4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/25).  Space limited, registration required.  Click here for more details.  

May 29: Methow Conservancy Bird Walk, 7:00-9:00am with Mary Kiesau.  See more details here.  Free.

May 31– June 3: Methow Conservancy Spring Naturalists’ Retreat.  Lead by renowned naturalist instructors Libby Mills and Dana Visalli, spend a long weekend learning about and exploring the natural world of the Methow.  The class is limited to 20 people and costs $200*/person, including one catered dinner.  Click here for more details.

LittleBlue_kiesauJune 15:  “Butterflies and Moths of the Methow Valley and beyond” indoor presentation, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, $5.  Click here for more details.

June 16:  “Butterflies and Moths of the Methow Valley and beyond” field class, 9:00am – 4pm, $25.  Click here for more details.

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.  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 Mary to for more details or to register at 509-996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.orgThis class is also being offered October 6-7th and registration is open for that as well.

 

 


Events & News from Other Organizations

The Methow Naturalist is offering a Geology of the Methow class on two Friday evenings with two Saturday field-trips, April 20-21 and April 27-28. Taught by Dana Visalli, the evening programs are free and open to all, and the field trips are $30 each. Contact Dana to sign up at 509-997-9011, dana@methownet.com.   

Methow Recycles’ annual two-day Metal Drive is Saturday & Sunday, April 28th and 39th, 9am - 3pm at Cascade Concrete on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop.  It’s a great way to wrap up everyone’s Earth Week and spring cleaning activities!  Click here for all the information.

Washington Butterfly Association offers three “Idie Ulsh Young Naturalist” scholarships to their annual Weekend with Butterflies. Each scholarship covers registration, lodging for two nights, three meals, and round-trip mileage from home to the venue for a 10- to 17-year-old nature enthusiast and an accompanying parent or guardian. Applications must be received by May 4.  See more details 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