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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

First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:
Tony Carado
July 3: The Ecology and Conservation of the Cascade Red Fox” with Jocelyn Akins of the Cascades Carnivore Project, 7:00pm, at the Winthrop Barn, free.

Dr. Jocelyn Akins with the Oregon-based Cascades Carnivore Project (CCP), will share her research on the ecology and conservation of the Cascade red fox, a candidate species for protection in Washington. This red fox subspecies is endemic to Washington where it is restricted to upper mountain forests, subalpine parklands, and alpine meadows.   CCP focuses on rare carnivores in the North and South Cascade Range, including wolverines, which Akins will also touch on.

The doors open at 6:30pm.  For more information, contact 996-2870 or

Photo by Tony Carado.

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

July 14-15:  Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*.  Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz.  This class is full but we encourage people to get on the waitlist, or see the same class below on Oct 6-7.

July 22:  Alpine Wildflower Hike #1, 8:00am – 4:00pm, free.  Join field botanist Seth Keena to discover alpine wildflowers alpine hike mk and grasses.  The location will be based on conditions. Good physical fitness is necessary.  Space is limited to 12 people and registration is required.   

July 23:  Alpine Wildflower Hike #2 , 8:00am – 4:00pm, free.  Join naturalist Mary Kiesau, to view, identify and enjoy alpine wildflowers in their splendid summer glory.  The location will be based on conditions.  Good physical fitness is necessary.  Space is limited to 12 people and registration is required.   This hike is currently full.

August 8: Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast” field class with Jim Walker 11:00am-2:00pm, $15*, limited to 15 people. 

September 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.

Tracking_KiesauOct 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. Contact us for more details or to register at 509-996-2870 or  

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 to reserve your spot.

Events & News from Other Organizations
Join the Confluence Gallery in Twisp on July 7th from 5 to 8pm for the opening of their new exhibit “Birds and Bees.” 

The Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society offers flower and other naturalist hikes through the spring and summer.  See their offerings here.

Looking for a job with a Washington Land Trust? There are several great job postings from organizations in WA (and OR too) 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