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


Long Jim holding his dog (far left) at his hunting camp on the Methow River. From the Sue Misao Collection, Shafer Historical Museum.

First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

November 7th:  “Lost Homeland,” 7:00-8:30pm at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Local historian Richard Hart and musician Ken Bevis team up to deliver a fun, scholarly program on the history of the Methow tribe, the Columbia Reservation and the Methow land and water that sustained indigenous people for centuries. Hart will share the complex story of the Methow tribe’s long struggle to retain their cultural land while showing never before seen photos of the Methow people featured in his new book “Lost Homeland,” which will be available for sale.  Bevis will perform musical interludes during the presentation, including two new songs inspired by the book. The doors open at 6:30pm with light refreshments available for purchase. 

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. 

January 9th: "WA Trust Water Rights” with the Methow Watershed Council. 7:00pm. Location TBA.

February 5th: “River of Hope: The Columbia River, from Source to Sea” with speaker Peter Marbach. 7:00pm. Location TBA.

March 6th: “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?” with speaker David George Gordon. 7:00pm. Location TBA


Other Methow Conservancy Events

November 6th, 5:30-7:00pm GenNxt Housing Happy Hour at the OSB taproom at TwispWorks. Join your fellow GenNxters to learn about and discuss affordable housing options and challenges in the Methow Valley. Snacks and your first drink provided. The new Methow Housing Trust will share how and why the organization got started, and what they are doing to develop and maintain good, affordable housing in the Valley, including how they might be able to help you. All are welcome, 21 and over.  RSVP appreciated, but not required. Bring a friend! Click here for more info or contact Mary at the Methow Conservancy 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.

January 5th: Methow Conservancy “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class focusing on winter birds with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard. Outdoor location for first hour then indoor drawing practice at Perri’s studio at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for 4-class series (1/5; 1/19; 2/2; 2/16), space limited. 996-2870; 12:30pm-5:00pm

January 13th: Methow Conservancy Wildlife Class on skull identification with instructor Marcus Reynerson. Indoor location TBA. $65, space limited.. 996-2870; 9:00am-4:00pm

January 14th: Methow Conservancy Snowshoe Wildlife Tracking Class with instructor Marcus Reynerson. Outdoor location in Winthrop. $45, space limited. 996-2870; 8:30am-12:30pm

January 19th: Methow Conservancy “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class focusing on animal tracks with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard. Outdoor location for first hour then indoor drawing practice at Perri’s studio at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for 4-class series (1/5; 1/19; 2/2; 2/16), space limited. 996-2870; 12:30pm-5:00pm

February 2nd: Methow Conservancy “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class focusing on winter plants with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard. Outdoor location for first hour then indoor drawing practice at Perri’s studio at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for 4-class series (1/5; 1/19; 2/2; 2/16), space limited. 996-2870; 12:30pm-5:00pm

February 3rd: Methow Conservancy Snowshoe Wildlife Tracking Class with instructor David Moskowitz. Outdoor location in Winthrop. $45, space limited. 996-2870; 8:30am-12:30pm

February 16th: Methow Conservancy “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class focusing on mammals with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard. Outdoor location for first hour then indoor drawing practice at Perri’s studio at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for 4-class series (1/5; 1/19; 2/2; 2/16), space limited. 996-2870; 12:30pm-5:00pm


Events & News from Other Organizations

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center has one more “Last Sunday” presentation on “Cultural Plants” on October 29.  See their calendar here.

The Methow Watershed Council presents, “Visible and Invisible Rivers:  Hydraulic continuity between stream flow and groundwater in the Methow Valley" with speak Chris Konrad, Oct 12, 6-8pm at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.  For more information, visit www.methowwatershed.com or email Greg Knott at gknott47@gmail.com.

Dana Visalli, publisher of The Methow Naturalist, has three upcoming programs including evening programs on Oct 10 and Oct 24, and an 8-session “Ecology of the Methow Watershed” course on Monday nights beginning in November.  See more details at www.methownaturalist.com, or contact Dana at 509-997-9011 or dana@methownet.com.

MethowReady is hosting Neighborhood Leader Trainings again.  Choose either Tuesday, October 24th or Wednesday, November 1st, both from 5:30–7:30 pm at Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp.  These workshops train you in the “Map Your Neighborhood” program which is designed to help families and neighborhoods prepare for disasters. In a major event, you and your neighbors will be the first responders.  Find out what you can do to prepare your home and your neighborhood.  For more information click here, or email info@methowready.org

Citizens Climate Lobby & Audubon Washington are teaming up on Wednesday November 8th to present "Save our farms, forests and fish while strengthening the economy" at 7pm at The Merc Playhouse. Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation is free and open to the public.


*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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