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

First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:

Brown bear, photo by Chris MorganDecember 9th (second Tuesday):  December Program & Holiday Social, “Bears of the Last Frontier,” at the Winthrop Barn with renowned ecologist, educator, filmmaker and TV host, Chris Morgan.  The free event begins at 6:00pm with a holiday party, including free appetizers and drinks, and Conservancy’s annual Conservation Awards.  The program with Chris Morgan will begin at 7:00pm with a special screening of Chris’ epic BBC film ‘Grizzlies of Alaska’, (never shown in the US), which features stunning footage and Chris’ enthralling story-telling.  Get Chris Morgan’s insights about our local carnivores, including grizzly bears in the Cascades, ask Chris your questions, and enjoy a fun and exciting evening celebrating conservation and the Methow Valley community.  Again, this free event is Tuesday, Dec 9th (that’s the second Tuesday) at the Winthrop Barn. (See more information below in the orange box).

January 6th:"A Squirrel's World: Squirrels of the Pacific Northwest, " 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Twisp River Pub.  The Pacific Northwest is home to one of the most diverse collections of squirrel species anywhere in the world!  The specific adaptations and behavior of our tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels, marmots, and chipmunks provide a window into one of the most successful families of rodents in the world. Join David Moskowitz, author and photographer of Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest for an evening of engaging photography, fun field stories, and more information than you ever imaged about these furry and noisy neighbors.  Free.

February 3rd: "Ghost Bears: Studying Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades," 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Twisp River Pub.  Wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines will discuss his three-year search for grizzly bears in the North Cascades.  Learn about the history of grizzlies in the Pacific Northwest, and the potential for grizzly bear recovery. Dr. Gaines will also describe the unique methods used to study these charismatic bruins along with tales of climbing, hiking, wading, and rappelling through this iconic landscape in the quest to document the presence of grizzlies in the North Cascades.  Free.

Other Methow Conservancy Events

December 9th:  December Program & Holiday Social, Bears of the Last Frontier, at the Winthrop Barn with Chris Morgan, an ecologist, conservationist, adventurer, author and TV host. The holiday party starts at 6pm with drinks, appetizers and awards. The program runs from 7:00pm–8:30pm. 

bearCommunity Program Bears of the Last Frontier with Chris Morgan
December 9th from 7:00 - 8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, free and open to everyone

The Methow Conservancy’s annual year-end community program and social on Tuesday, December 9th at the Winthrop Barn will feature renowned ecologist, filmmaker and TV host, Chris Morgan, for an adventure in the wild lands of Alaska. 

Chris Morgan is an ecologist, wildlife researcher, conservationist, adventurer, author, educator, filmmaker, and TV host. He has spent over 20 years immersing himself among the wildlife of every continent.  From icy polar bear country to tropical Andean bear forests on the equator, Chris has sought adventure among the focus animals of his life – the bears of theworld. 

Morgan’s work with carnivores has been diverse and innovative. His engaging and authentic presence has led to hosting TV productions for PBS, National Geographic Television, BBC, and the Discovery Channel, and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. He is a familiar voice of the world-renowned television series PBS “Nature” having narrated fourteen films since 2011.  He was awarded “Best Host” by the International Wildlife Film Festival for his work in the PBS special ‘Bears of the Last Frontier.’

Though a world traveler, Chris Morgan lives in Bellingham, WA and spends much of his work and play time in the North Cascades. Chris Morgan is executive director and co-founder of Wildlife Media – a non-profit conservation organization that oversees ‘BEARTREK’, a global campaign and independent feature documentary for bear conservation.  Morgan is also the co-founder of the acclaimed Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP). GBOP, now called Western Wildlife Outreach, has been praised as a model for effective education outreach in the North Cascades and Selkirk mountains and has taken great steps to engage rural communities in grizzly and black bear information dissemination since 2002.

Chris Morgan’s broader mission is to do his part to reverse the trend of nature deficit disorder and turn conservation into a social norm. To Morgan there is no better place to learn and be inspired than when immersed in nature, and the technology of film and the social media world of today creates what he sees as a "giant classroom to affect change.”  In 2003 the Environmental Education Association of Washington honored Chris as Outstanding Environmental Educator of the year. In 2008 his contributions to grizzly bear conservation in the USA were honored with an award from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, a government panel responsible for recovery of the great bear.

ChrisThe free event is on Tuesday, December 9th at the Winthrop Barn.  The evening begins at 6:00pm with a holiday party, featuring free appetizers and drinks.  The Methow Conservancy will also announce the recipients of their annual Conservation Awards.

The program, “Bears of the Last Frontier,” with Chris Morgan will begin at 7:00pm.  Watch a special screening of Chris’ epic BBC film ‘Grizzlies of Alaska’, (never shown in the US), which features stunning footage and Chris’ enthralling story-telling.  Discover Morgan’s insights about our local carnivores, including grizzly bears in the Cascades, take part in a question-and-answer session, and be among the first to hear about Chris’ new movie and campaign for the bears of the world, BEARTREK.

No RSVPs are needed.  Contact the Methow Conservancy at 996-2870, mary@methowconservancy.orgif you have questions.  


Photos in this section by Andy Hoffman (bear) and Brenda Phillips (photo of Chris Morgan).

January 10th & 11th:  Introduction to Winter Wildlife Tracking, 8:30am – 12:30pm, $45.  Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with professional wildlife tracker and educator, Dave Moskowitz.  Learn how to identify and interpret wildlife tracks and signs so that you can connect with the hidden lives of the creatures that share this land with us!  Registration is necessary and space is limited to 13 people. The January 10th class is full. There are spaces in the identical class on January 11th. Call or email us at 996-2870 or to reserve your spot.

Other Organizations' Conservation & Ecology Programs
Check out the upcoming news & events from other organizations and businesses!

The Methow Naturalist is offering a 6-night class called “A Short History of Nearly Everything: Geology, Biology & Humanity” on Wednesday evenings Dec 3 and 10 and  then again January 7, 14, 21 and 28.  Taught by local naturalist Dana Visalli, classes will cover geology, flora and fauna, human evolution and ecology and ethics.  Cost is on a sliding scale.  Call or email 997-9011 or for details.  

Johnston Architects, in conjunction with Fremont First Friday’s December Art Walk, is hosting a Methow-centric “Holiday Market” with artists Nicole Ringgold, Emily Post, Red Umbrella Design and eqpd. The Methow Conservancy’s “Methow Out My Window” handmade book will also be available. Friday December 5th, 6-8pm, 100 NE Northlake Way Suite 200, Seattle WA 98105.  Enjoy festive snacks, delicious beverages and a night of local Methow shopping in Seattle! Photo by Mary Kiesau

Christmas Bird Counts: The North Central Washington Chapter of the Audubon Society, a four-county region, hosts six separate bird counts: Twisp (12/14), Bridgeport (12/20), Leavenworth (12/21), Chelan (12/27), Okanogan/Omak (1/3), and Wenatchee (1/3) .  Everyone is welcome, beginners and experienced.  Get the info on each of them here. 

For the Twisp/Winthrop area Bird Count: meet at the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery at 6:30am on Sunda,y December 14th. Bring warm clothes and your binoculars. All birding abilities are welcome. Email Juliet Rhodes if you have questions.

“Nature of Winter Snowshoe” Tours: Methow Trails (formerly MVSTA) hosts family-friendly snowshoe tours every Saturday from Jan 3 - Feb 21 at both Sun Mountain and the North Cascades Basecamp.  Starting at 11:00 am, local volunteers lead tours that focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more.  See more details here.

The Okanogan Land Trust is inviting applications for the position of Executive Director.  For more details, visit their website.

*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, fieldtrip, 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