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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:

Dave Moskowitz Wolverine

November 6:  First Tuesday Program - “Wolverines of the North Cascades”
7pm at the Winthrop Barn

A homegrown blend of mountaineers, photographers, and wildlife biologists have been collaborating to understand the ecology, life history, and distribution of the North Cascade’s most elusive alpine carnivore. Come join presenters Steph Williams and Dave Moskowitz for us for an engaging night with the Cascades Wolverine Project.  The Project is a Methow Valley based effort to boost winter wolverine monitoring in the North Cascades, capture engaging images of wolverines, and leverage and enhance the skills of winter backcountry recreationists as wildlife observers and stewards of the alpine.
Photo at right by Dave Moskowitz.

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.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

October 26:  Wolf Cougar Interactions:  What We Know, 7pm at Twispworks Your Space.  Lauren Satterfield shares her PhD research studying wolf-cougar interactions in Washington State. Free.

October 27:  Wolf Cougar Interactions:  A Field Trip, 8am to 12noon.  Lauren Satterfield offers a field course discussing how GPS collar data is used to identify where a predator might have killed a deer, and how scientists use these sites to study deer heath and risk of predation. $10, registration required.  To register email us or call 996-2870.  Limit 12 participants.

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 email us to reserve your spot.

Lauren DannerNov 13:  Methow Mixer in Seattle, with Lauren Danner presenting “Crown Jewel:  Creating North Cascades National Park”.  6:30pm, Seattle REI upstairs meeting room.   North Cascades National Park is remote, rugged, spectacularly majestic, and 50 years old this year.  Writer and historian, Lauren Danner, chronicles how politics and the wilderness movement of the 1950s and 1960s resulted in the park's 1968 creation.  The story is a window into the modern environmental movement in the Pacific Northwest and a reminder that national parks are not only wild landscapes of national significance, but the result of political negotiation and compromise. Join us for this insightful look into our backyard and mix and mingle with others who love the Methow Valley! REI requests your RSVP, though last minute attendees and friends are always welcome!

Methow HeadwatersNov 13: Raise a Strong Voice of Support for the Methow Headwaters Campaign, 6 pm @ Winthrop Barn. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding an important public meeting on Nov. 13, 6 pm at The Winthrop Barn.  This will be an opportunity to share with the BLM why the proposed Methow Headwaters mineral withdrawal is essential to the future of our valley’s rural way of life, strong communities, agriculture and local economy.  The Methow Headwaters Campaign team will be hosting a pre-party 'Happy Hour' at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop from 5-6pm.  You can join other supporters to learn more about how to submit an influential public comment and be a part of protecting this treasured landscape from industrial-scale mining.  Thanks to Old Schoolhouse Brewery for donating $1 of every beer sold during happy hour to help campaign efforts.  Whether you can join us in person or not, please consider submitting a public comment of support before November 13th. 

Events from Other Organizations
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW):  WDFW has scheduled six open house events this fall to give their new Director, Kelly Susewind, an opportunity to discuss the agency’s long-term plans to conserve fish and wildlife and promote outdoor recreation throughout the state.  The open houses, all scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m., will take place at the following dates and locations:

  • Nov. 5 – CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley
  • Nov. 6 – Grant County Public Works, 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata
  • Nov. 7 – Selah Civic Center, 216 1st St., Selah
  • Nov. 13 – Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano
  • Nov. 14 – WDFW Ridgefield Office, 5525 South 11th Street, Ridgefield
  • Dec. 12 – Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Watershed Science Center, 125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah

Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group & Washington Water Trust:  Columbia River Rolls On--Fish Passage and Reintroduction into the Upper Columbia River Basin, on November 14th @ the Okanogan County PUD in Okanogan and on November 15th @ the Cashmere Riverside Center.  Each night, the program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with doors opening at 6pm.  Learn about current efforts to reintroduce salmon above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams, which blocked approximately 1200 miles of tributary habitat 80 years ago. 

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