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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.

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September 4: "First Tuesday" Program - Apples to Apples: What You Need to Know About the Apple Maggot Quarantine and Caring for Backyard Fruit.  @ The Grange.  Free. Program from 7 to 8:30pm, Doors open at 6:30pm.
With an apple maggot quarantine proposed for the upper Methow Valley, come hear a panel of fruit experts.  Katherine Buckley from the Washington State Department of Agriculture will explain how the quarantine works.  Dan McCarthy from the Okanogan County Horticultural, Pest and Disease Control Board will describe the biology of the apple maggot and the pest board’s work to limit it’s spread.  Stina Booth of Booth Canyon Orchard will talk about the codling moth, another apple pest plaguing commercial orchards and backyard trees.

Tom Grey Bird

October 2:  First Tuesday Program - “Migratory Birds in the Pacific Flyway: The Marvels and Perils” 7pm at the Winthrop Barn. The birds of the Pacific Flyway depend on a diverse chain of habitats, from Arctic tundra and northwestern rainforest to tropical beaches and mangroves. Each year at least a billion birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway, with each individual facing a host of threats along the way. Learn the astonishing facts of these wondrous and perilous journeys with Stan Senner, Vice President of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society. Stan brings his knowledge from a 40-year career as a bird conservationist and his experience as a coordinator for science and restoration programs after the Exxon Valdez oil spill and tracker of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo at left by Tom Grey.

Dave Moskowitz Wolverine

November 6:  First Tuesday Program - “Wolverines of the North Cascades” 7pm at the Winthrop Barn. Come listen and learn about the efforts of this homegrown blend of mountaineers, photographers, and wildlife biologists to understand the ecology, life history, and distribution of the North Cascade’s most elusive alpine carnivore. Photo at right by Dave Moskowitz.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

September 15: Volunteer Work Party on Heckendorn Hillside, 9am –1 pm. Join us on the Heckendorn Hillside for some weeding, barbed wire fence removal, and wood cleanup. For more details and to sign up, visit Volunteer Methow.

September 18 -21:  Annual Appeal Mailing Party, 9am – 11am or 1pm – 3pm.  Be a volunteer superhero and help us prepare our once-a-year big mailing. For more details and to sign up, visit Volunteer Methow.

Hancock tour_mkSeptember 20:  Spring Chinook Welcome Walk, 10am – 12pm, free. Come celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of the return of the spring Chinook salmon with a walk along the Methow River. Join Cascades Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group’s Kristen Kirkby and other local experts as they talk about what it takes for spring Chinook to make it back to their spawning grounds and what work is being done to ensure that their habitat is intact once they get there. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited to 30 people. We will choose a location based on weather conditions. Call Daniel at 996-2870 or email him to register. Photo at left by Mary Kiesau.

September 27: Lewis Butte Trail Restoration3pm - 6pm.: We’ll be restoring a particularly steep and eroded section of a double track on Lewis Butte.  For more details and to sign up, visit Volunteer Methow.

September 30:  Annual Cider Squeeze,  2pm - 4pm. There’s nothing quite like the Cider Squeeze to celebrate the turning of the seasons, take in the bounty of the Methow Valley’s harvest, and share in gratitude for this amazing community. 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 (17 Bean Road). Enjoy great music from the Rivertown Ramblers, tasty treats, and fresh pressed apple juice. Everyone can take a turn working the unique and historic apple press, and take home some tasty juice. Bring your own jug or take a jug from us. We hope you’ll join us! This unique celebration is free and everyone is welcome!  Contact us at 996-2870 or email us if you have questions or need directions.

Moose_kiesauOct 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. There is currently a waitlist for this class.   Photo at right by Mary 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 email us to reserve your spot.

Nov 13:  Methow Mixer in Seattle, with Lauren Danner presenting “Crown Jewel:  Creating North Cascades National Park”.  7 – 8:30pm, location being finalized!  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!

Events from Other Organizations

cibSeptember 8th:  Help support Classroom in Bloom's garden education programming at their annual Fall Garden Party on September 8th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Click here for more information and to buy tickets. 

September 14th – 15th:  Join the USFS Chelan/Entiat Ranger District, HawkWatch International, and North Central Washington Audubon Society this fall for the 9th annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival. This free family event combines activities in Pateros, WA and migration trips to the Chelan Ridge migration site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories. 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