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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:

August 7:  “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast” with speaker Jim Walker 7:00pm, at The Merc Playhouse, free.River Jewelring_Williams

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures, with a rich heritage of folklore and fables that vary greatly from culture to culture. European cultures tend to see them as dangerous — even deadly. Asian and Native American cultures see them as signs of good luck, longevity, and prosperity. The facts about dragonflies are even more interesting than the fables:

• They have six legs, but don’t walk.
• They have acute vision, but can’t hear.
• They predate dinosaurs, but are going strong today.
• They can spin at 1,000 rpm in mid-flight — the fastest spin in nature

Join Jim Walker, "The Dragonfly Whisperer" for a fascinating look and the lives of dragonflies and damselflies.

Photo by Jim Walker

September 4: "First Tuesday" Program - Apples to Apples: What You Need to Know About the Apple Maggot Quarantine and Caring for Backyard Fruit.  Location TBD.  Free.
Mike Claus of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and Dan McCarthy of the Okanogan County Horticultural, Pest, and Disease Control Board will inform us about the proposed Apple Maggot Quarantine in the upper Methow Valley.  They will also offer solutions for managing backyard tree fruit and preventing the spread of critical pests like Apple Maggot and Coddling Moth.  

Other Methow Conservancy Events

August 8: Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast” field class with Jim Walker 11:00am-2:00pm, $15*, limited to 15 people. To register, call us at 996-2870 or email us.  

August 9th: Volunteer Seed Collection, 9:30am - Noon Help promote healthy riparian areas and steelhead and spring Chinook spawning habitat. Show up to get your feet wet at Hancock Springs for seed collection! We are collecting local sedge seeds to send to a specialty grower in Idaho who cultivates sedge mats for use in the final phase of this local restoration project. Expect to wade in wetlands and work in the sun, so bring rubber boots or sandals (no flip flops please!), sun protection and plenty of water. Collection materials will be provided. For more information contact us at 996-2870 or email us.  Sign up on Volunteer Methow!

weed pullingSeptember 15: Volunteer Work Party on Heckendorn Hillside, 9am – 1pm: Weeding, barb wire fence removal, and wood cleanup. Tools, snacks, and water will be provided. Please bring your own gloves if you have them! We will have a short guided walk into the park at 12:30pm for those who are interested. Sign up on Volunteer Methow!

September 27: Volunteer Work Party on Heckendorn Hillside, 3 - 6pm: Join us again on Heckendorn Hillside for a follow up work party of weeding, barb wire fence removal, and wood cleanup. Tools, snacks, and water will be provided. Please bring your own gloves if you have them!  Sign up on Volunteer Methow!

ciderSeptember 30:  Annual Cider Squeeze,  2 - 4pm, free.  Save the Date!  It’s a sweet celebration of conservation.  We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon at the Sabold’s house in Winthrop. Free.

Oct 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.   

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 TBD.  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 & News 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.

Looking for a job with a Washington Land Trust? There are several great job postings from organizations in WA (and beyond) at the Washington Association of Land Trusts jobs page.

*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