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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:

Tom Grey Bird

October 2:  First Tuesday Program - “Migratory Birds in the Pacific Flyway: The Marvels and Perils” 7pm at the Winthrop Barn

The birds of the Pacific Flyway depend on a diverse chain of habitats, from Arctic tundra and northwestern rainforest to tropical beaches and mangroves. Each year at least a billion birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway, with each individual facing a host of threats along the way. Learn the astonishing facts of these wondrous and perilous journeys with Stan Senner, Vice President of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society. Stan brings his knowledge from a 40-year career as a bird conservationist and his experience as a coordinator for science and restoration programs after the Exxon Valdez oil spill and tracker of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo at left by Tom Grey.

Dave Moskowitz Wolverine

November 6:  First Tuesday Program - “Wolverines of the North Cascades”
7pm at the Winthrop Barn

Come listen and learn about the efforts of this homegrown blend of mountaineers, photographers, and wildlife biologists to understand the ecology, life history, and distribution of the North Cascade’s most elusive alpine carnivore. Photo at right by Dave Moskowitz.

December 4:  Our Annual Holiday Social and December First Tuesday with Julianne Ubigau of the Conservation Canines Program6pm  @ The Winthrop Barn.  More details coming soon!

Other Methow Conservancy Events

September 30:  Annual Cider Squeeze,  2pm - 4pm. This sweet event is always a laid-back, family-friendly time to celebrate community, conservation and the harvest season! Meet new and old friends plus Methow Conservancy staff and board members. Enjoy great music from the Rivertown Ramblers, tasty treats, and fresh pressed apple juice. Everyone can take a turn working the unique and historic apple press, and take home some tasty juice. Bring your own jug or take a plastic jug from us. Thanks to conservation easement owner Art Zink and Booth Canyon Orchard for providing apples for the Squeeze this year and to Double Tree Farm for providing the jugs. This unique celebration is free and everyone is welcome! We’ll host it rain or shine! Contact us at 996-2870 or email us  if you have Moose_kiesauquestions or need directions. 

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.   Photo at right by Mary Kiesau.

October 16:  Wildfire Forest Recovery Walk with our Conservation Biologist Julie Grialou.  10am – 12noon.  Free. This walk is free, but we do ask you to register so we can anticipate the group size.  To sign-up email us or call 996-2870.  Location information will be shared after your register.

October 26:  Wolf Cougar Interactions:  What We Know, 7pm at Twispworks Your Space.  Lauren Satterfield shares her PhD research studying wolf-cougar interactions in Washington State. Free.

October 27:  Wolf Cougar Interactions:  A Field Trip, 8am to 12noon.  Lauren Satterfield offers a field course discussing how GPS collar data is used to identify where a predator might have killed a deer, and how scientists use these sites to study deer heath and risk of predation. $10, registration required.  To register email us or call 996-2870.  Limit 12 participants.

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.

Lauren DannerNov 13:  Methow Mixer in Seattle, with Lauren Danner presenting “Crown Jewel:  Creating North Cascades National Park”.  6:30pm, Seattle REI upstairs meeting room.   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 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