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


FPhoto by Mary Kiesau.irst Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

October 3rd: "Smoke in the Air: A community conversation about air quality and health" 7:00-8:30pm at the Methow Valley Community Center

Breathing air – it should be easy right?  This summer we learned it’s a lot more complicated.  AQI, WAQA, PM2.5….  yellow, orange, red…  there’s a lot to understand, and there are things we can do, especially in the winter, to improve our local air quality.  Did you know that we are exposed off and on year-round to unhealthy air?  The Methow Valley Clean Air Project will clear the air about our local air pollution, its impact on your health, controllable vs. uncontrollable sources, how to find and interpret real-time air quality information, how to protect your health in hazardous air pollution episodes, and how we can protect vulnerable populations and keep our Methow air clean. A presentation will be followed by an audience-driven panel discussion and Q&A with several experts in various air-quality and health fields.  Please join us for this important community conversation! The doors open at 6:30pm. For more information, contact 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.

November 7th:  “Lost Homeland,” with local author and historian Richard Hart (and singer/songwriter Ken Bevis), 7:00-8:30pm, free, location TBA.  This unique program is on the history of the Methow tribe, the Columbia Reservation and the beautiful valley and river system that sustained indigenous hunter/gatherer populations for centuries.  Richard will use slides of newly discovered images featured in his new book “Lost Homeland,” while Bevis will perform original songs inspired by the beauty of the Methow Valley.  

December 5th: " Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest " with author and photographer David Moskowitz, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, FREE. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm.  Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest is a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world's largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem. With the failure of agencies in the U.S. and Canada to regulate industrial resource extraction effectively, honor the treaty rights of indigenous peoples, and protect the integrity of the natural systems of this region, this film gives voice to First Nations, scientists, foresters, conservationists, and recreationists attempting to chart a new path forward before it is too late. 


Other Methow Conservancy Events

Help us collect apples September 26-28!September 26-28: Volunteer Activity: help us collect apples for the Cider Squeeze.  Details here.

September 23rd - 24th: True Nature: The Art and Craft of Field Journaling, 10am-4pm both days, $150* plus 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, andjournaling to creatively engage your surroundings.  Click here for more details.

Cider Squeeze October 1st! Photo by Mary Kiesau.October 1st: Annual Cider Squeeze, 2-4pm, free.  Save the Date!  It’s a sweetcelebration 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 6th - 8th: The Last Salmon By popular demand,”The Last Salmon” will return to The Merc Playhouse for another Methow run!  Mark your calendar now for this incredibly fun show! And, if you remember it from its winter 2016 run, you’ll get your chance to sing along again to those completely catchy tunes! Based on the book by Phil Davis, The Last Salmon, is a contemporary musical for both kids and adults with live music styles such as hip-hop and indie-pop telling a story that begins with the Native American First Salmon ceremony. You’ll learn about the life cycle of wild salmon by following ‘Buck,” “Spring,” and the rest of their fishy crew from their first explorations of their river home, out into the wide ocean, and then back home again.  Told in a creative and fun-filled manner, this made-in-the-Methow show is directed by Ki Gottberg with music composed by Casey James, and an excellent cast of local performers. We will be facilitating post-performance community discussions on the topics the show raises for people immediately following the shows on October 6th and 7th.  Come join the fun!

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 mary@methowconservancy.org

October 9-10th:  Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200.We've added a new class! 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 register at 509-996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org

Photo by David Moskowitz.December 5th: Methow Conservancy Holiday Social & “First Tuesday” program " Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest " with author and photographer David Moskowitz, 6:00-8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, FREE.  The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7pm–8:30pm.  Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest is a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world's largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem. With the failure of agencies in the U.S. and Canada to regulate industrial resource extraction effectively, honor the treaty rights of indigenous peoples, and protect the integrity of the natural systems of this region, this film gives voice to First Nations, scientists, foresters, conservationists, and recreationists attempting to chart a new path forward before it is too late. 


Events & News from Other Organizations

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

The Tilth Alliance is doing a “Tree to Tap” hard cider tour at Sinclair Orchards in Carlton, Sept. 25th.  See more details and register 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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