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Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Presentations
Some of our
First Tuesday lectures were recorded to video.
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The Methow Conservancy sponsors a monthly “First Tuesday Series”. The place varies so please check each event for the location. All First Tuesday Lectures are free and open to everyone. And, please note that they might not always fall on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information contact us at 996-2870 or email us.


First Tuesday Presentations Coming Up:

First Tuesday February Arctic Double Header:Paul Souders
Thursday, February 7th
The Winthrop Ice Rink Meeting Room. Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation from 7-8pm
Mary Gallagher of the Alaska Wilderness League and Susan Ballinger Conservation Fellow at the Chelan Douglas Land Trust will share their photos and experiences traveling through the Alaska’s Arctic Coastal Plain and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Friday, February 8th
The Winthrop Barn. Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation from 7-8pm
Join Seattle based writer of “Arctic Solitaire” and award winning photographer Paul Souders as he showcases his amazing photos and tells his incredible tales from a three year quest to photograph poolar bears in their Canadian arctic home. Photo at right by Paul Souders.

Melissa ArnotFebruary Special Feature! Melissa Arnot the Athlete, Advocate, and Adventurer
Tuesday, February 26th
The Winthrop Barn. Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation from 7-8pm
Winthrop-based professional mountaineer Melissa Arnot will share stories from her adventures and advocacy in Washington, Nepal, and beyond! Melissa is the first American woman to successfully summit and descend Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and has climbed the world’s highest peak six times. Known as a determined, hard-working and enthusiastic teacher, Melissa has devoted her life to learning from the mountains and sharing that knowledge with others. This should be an amazing talk by a truly inspirational human being. You won’t want to miss it! Photo at left courtesy of Melissa Arnot.

March First Tuesday: Citizen with Ryan T. Bell
Tuesday, March 5th
The Winthrop Barn. Doors Open at 6:30pm, Presentation is from 7-8pm.  Free.
Local resident Ryan T. Bell is an award-winning photographer and feature writer who works in the American West, Russia, and the Steppes of Eurasia. He has written for National Geographic, Town & Country, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, VICE, Bloomberg, and others.  In 2015 - 2016, Ryan served as a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow in Russia and Kazakhstan. He will share with us his experiences and process of working in these remote landscapes and uncovering the common culture that connects all people who are defined by the place they call home. !


Other Methow Conservancy Events

February 7th: Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Workshop.  We are partnering with the USDA’s Rural Development Office to offer a workshop for producers interested in preparing a grant application to the VAPG program. The workshop is free and open to farmers, but RSVP’s are required. 11-2pm, Pateros, Howard’s on the River Event Center.
wtr tracking

February 9th: Winter Tracking with Nate Bacon - 8:30am-12:30pm, $45. Explore the winter landscape of theMethow Valley with professional wildlife tracker and educator Nate Bacon.  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!  Snowshoes and good fitness are necessary.  Registration is required and space is limited.  Contact us at (509) 996-2870 or email us  to reserve your spot.

Feb. 20th: Big Valley Owling Adventure Round 2, 7 - 8:30pm, We’ll walk the Big Valley loop looking and listening for owls! To sign up, email us or call (509) 996–2870.  Free.  Full with a waitlist!

February 23rd: Successful Composting in the Apple Maggot Quarantine.  We are thrilled to partner with the Okanogan WSU Master Gardeners, to offer a workshop on the finer points of back-yard composting for those wondering how to properly dispose of yard and household waste under new the apple maggot quarantine.  TwispWorks “YourSpace” building, 12p-3pm.  Free and open to all, but please RSVP to natasha.r.moffitt@wsu.edu or (509) 422-7239.

February 9th: Winter Tracking with Nate Bacon - 8:30am-12:30pm, $45. Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with professional wildlife trackers and educators.  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!  We are offering two separate half-day field-classes with extremely knowledgeable local wildlife track and sign teacher Nate Bacon. Snowshoes and good fitness are necessary.  Registration is necessary and space is limited.  Contact us at 996-2870 or email us  to reserve your spot.

Feb. 20th: Big Valley Owling Adventure Round 2, 7 - 8:30p, We’ll walk or ski the Big Valley loop looking and listening for owls! Full with Waitlist!

compostFeb. 25th – March 18th, 2019 Conservation Course: The Dirt on Soil Health - $95, or $30 per class. Location: Your Space @ Twispworks.

- Feb. 25th: Basics of Soil Chemistry, with Jeff Bullock, Ph.D of Agricultural Sciences, Wenatchee Valley College
- March 4th: Basics of Soil Biology, with Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Ph.D of Soil Science, WSU. 
- March 11th: Carbon Cycling in the Soil, with Dr. Haiying Tao, Ph.D of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU. 
- March 18th: Applied Practices for Improving Soil Health, with local farming and garden gurus. 

 

Feb. 28th: Volunteer Appreciation and Spring Preview, 6 – 7:30pm,  Calling all Methow Conservancy volunteers! Come join us at Six Knot Taphouse for dinner and drinks while we regale tales from the volunteer field and get excited for the work yet to come!!

mouseMarch 9th: Winter Tracking and Trailing with Nate Bacon - 8:30am - 3:30pm, $65. Explore the winter landscape of the Methow Valley with a professional wildlife tracker and educator. This full day course will cover tracking the behavior and ecology of wildlife as well as touching on winter tracking techniques. This will be a long day in winter weather and so snowshoes and good fitness are absolutely necessary.  Registration is necessary and space is limited to 10.  Contact us at 996-2870 or email us  to reserve your spot.

March 20th: Evening Equinox Adventure 7:30-9 pm, Free. Location: TBA  Join us for a snowshoe or walk under the bright full moon to welcome the formal first day of spring and enjoy the wonders of our natural world at night. The March full moon is considered to be a Super Moon because the Moon is near its closest distance to the Earth along its elliptical orbit--in other words, extra bright for nighttime nature walks! For more information on this astronomical phenomenon visit this link. Registration is necessary and space is limited to 20. Contact us at 996-2870 or email us  to reserve your spot.


Events from Other Organizations
Check out a full calendar of Methow Valley community events 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