September 27th: Methow Conservancy Cider Squeeze & Social, 2pm - 4pm at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house, free. Everyone is welcome to this fun event that celebrates community, conservation and the harvest season. Take a turn on the historic apple press and take home fresh apple cider.
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 7pm–8:30pm. Chris, a resident of Bellingham WA, has spent over 25 years immersing himself among the wildlife of five continents. Chris will share stunning photographs and epic footage from an exciting array of locations. Enjoy Chris’s all-at-once hilarious and moving stories from the field, and be one of the first to hear about Chris’ new movie and campaign for the bears of the world, BEARTREK.
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Native Plant Society Fire Recovery Walk, Sunday, September 7th, 9-11:30am. The Okanogan County Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is sponsoring a visit to burned areas of the shrub-steppe and forest near Winthrop on to observe how native and non-native vegetation is responding to the fires. Lead by botanist Dana Visalli, the group will identify everything they see and discuss plant and animal adaptability to fire. All are welcome but numbers limited, call 997-9011 to RSVP.
Raptor ID Workshop, Friday, September 12th, 7pm in the Convention Room at the Pateros Lakeshore Inn. Join Jerry Liguori from Hawk Watch International for a raptor ID workshop in Pateros. Jerry has studied and worked with raptors throughout North America, and is a premier raptor ID expert having authored 3 books: “Hawks from Every Angle”, “Hawks at a Distance”, and “The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors”. Email email@example.com to sign-up and get more details.
Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival, Saturday, September 13th, all day. This fun and informative event combines family activities in Pateros with free shuttle trips to the Wells Wildlife Area and to Chelan Ridge Hawk Watch site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to their winter territories. Sponsored by Methow Valley Ranger District, North Central Washington Audubon Society, and HawkWatch International. For more infomation go to the North Central WA Audubon website. Sign up for the shuttle to Chelan Ridge here.
Field Trip to Explore Wildlife Response and Ecosystem Recovery after the Carlton Complex Fires with Pacific Biodiversity Institute, Saturday, September 13th, 10am – 5pm, free.
Visit various parts of the burn area to examine how some areas with particularly high concentrations of wildlife responded to the fire. Katrina Fisk, a conservation biologist from the University of Washington studying ponderosa pine forest ecosystems and their wildlife with PBI, and Peter Morrison, a forest ecologist and fire expert, will lead the field trip. Look at how the birds, mammals and plants responded to the fire. Explore ponderosa pine forests, riparian areas and shrub-steppe vegetation. Please RSVP to Pacific Biodiversity Institute at 509-996-2490, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix Festival, October 18th, 4-10pm at the TwispWorks Campus. TwispWorks, in partnership with Methow Art Alliance and Confluence Gallery & Arts Center, present the Phoenix Festival, a creative arts festival to benefit fire and flood recovery for the Methow Valley. Phoenix Festival is an arts-inspired experience full of music, interactive art, local food and beverages, and opportunities for our community to rebuild after a devastating disaster season. Through music and art we will come together, honor our experiences and share our love for the Methow Valley. If you are interested in submitting or presenting your fire-inspired creative work in any medium including visual, installation, audio, video, musical or performance art at Phoenix Rising, please contact Tori Karpenko email@example.com or 509-997-3300.
County Comprehensive Plan Hearing, October 23 - The Okanogan County Hearings Examiner will hear Methow Valley Citizen Council’s appeal of the current draft Comprehensive Plan EIS on Oct. 23. The public hearing on the Comp Plan is not yet scheduled, but will take place sometime after the Hearing Examiner renders his decision. MVCC will be encouraging more written public comment on the Comp Plan in the weeks leading up to the hearing. See http://mvcitizens.org/ for more details.
ATV Ordinance Hearing, Oct 30. Okanogan Superior Court will hear Methow Valley Citizen Council’s appeal of Okanogan County’s ATV ordinance on Oct 30. Time TBD.
Pacific Biodiversity Institute, based in the Methow Valley, is involved in a long-term conservation research and education project focused on the wildlands and associated biodiversity of South America. As part of this project, they offer birding and biodiversity expeditions. In late 2014, they will take several expeditions to the amazing biodiversity hotspots of northern Argentina. They invite avid birders, conservationists, citizen scientists (or professional scientists) to join them. Plan ahead now for a trip in November or December. To learn more, visit their website or email them.
The Okanogan Highlands Alliance in Tonasket offers, "Highland Wonders," a series of monthly natural history programs. Check out their full calendar.