Natural History Events in the Methow Valley

First Tuesday Lectures
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First Tuesday lectures were recorded to video.
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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 Mary at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org


First Tuesday Lectures Coming Up:
Jason Paulsen

January 9th: “First Tuesday” Program, "WA Trust Water Rights” with the Methow Watershed Council. 7:00pm at the Methow Valley Community Center, free. Do you have questions regarding your water rights? Are you concerned about your water use or maybe you need a vacation from irrigating? Do you just want to understand more about how water rights work?  Washington Water Trust will shed light on all this plus one of the best kept secrets for water right holders: Washington’s Trust Water Rights Program. "Use ‘em, or loose ‘em" is real. Learn tips and tools to better protect and manage your water rights, the environment, and even your bottom line.

Even if you don’t have water rights this program will explain this sometimes confusing but important Methow issue so you can be an informed citizen!

This is a “First Tuesday” program on the 2nd Tuesday of January! Co-hosted by the Methow Watershed Council & the Methow Conservancy. The doors open at 6:30pm. The program is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.

February 6th: “River of Hope: The Columbia River, from Source to Sea” with speaker Peter Marbach. 7:00pm. Location TBA.

March 6th: “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?” with speaker David George Gordon. 7:00pm. Location TBA

April 3rd: “First Tuesday” Program, “Native Bees” with speaker Don Rolfs, 7:00pm. Location TBA


Other Methow Conservancy Events

 

Bringing the Outside In
Joyce BergenKick off the New Year with a natural history & nature drawing class series with instructors Perri Howard & Mary Kiesau.  Each class will start outdoors for the first hour then move to Perri’s indoor studio at TwispWorks for about three hours.  The outdoor hour will be a natural history lesson lead by Mary on the class topic (winter bird or animal tracks for instance).  We’ll pick locations close to Twisp that are easy to access and may or may need snowshoes. The indoor session, led by Perri, will focus on drawing lessons and practice.  All materials, including pens, pencils, paper, and photos and drawings from which you may work, will be included, but feel free to bring your own materials if you’d like.  Attend individual classes or the 4-class series.  Themed classes will be every other Friday, 12:30pm-5:00pm, on the following dates:
Jan 5: winter birds
Jan 19: animal tracks
Feb 2: winter plants
Feb 16: mammals

Classes are $65 each or $240 for the 4-class series.  Space is limited  to 8 people per class, and registration is required. Contact us at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org to reserve your spot or for more information.

January 5th: “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on winter birds with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pby Mary Kiesaum, $65.  Space limited, registration required.  See above for more details.   

January 13th: Wildlife skull identification class with instructor Marcus Reynerson, 9:00am-4:00pm at the TwispWorks Education Station. $65, space limited, registration required.  Click here for more details.  

January 14th: Snowshoe Wildlife Tracking Class with instructor Marcus Reynerson, 8:30am-12:30pm, $45, space limited, registration required. Click here for more details.   (class is full but a waitlist is available)

January 19th: “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on animal tracks with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65. Space limited, registration required. See above for more details.   

January 22nd (5:00 to 6:00pm) Introduction to NRCS cost-share opportunities for on-farm conservation practices
This will be a workshop for farms or ranchers looking to partner with the NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service), to engage in on-farm conservation practices.  Attendees will learn more about applicable NRCS programs, the grant application cycle, and the application process.  Contact alyssa@methowconservancy.org for details or to RSVP.

January 22nd (6:00 to 7:00pm) YOU can impact how NRCS resources are allocated in our region
Especially those who have worked with NRCS in the past are encouraged to attend this workshop and learn about the “Local Working Group” process – and how their input can significantly affect how NRCS resources are allocated among conservation programs in our region. Contact alyssa@methowconservancy.org for details or to RSVP.

February 2nd: “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on winter plants with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65.  Space limited, registration required. See above for more details.   

February 3rd: Snowshoe Wildlife Tracking Class with instructor David Moskowitz, 8:30am-12:30pm, $45, space limited, registration required. Click here for more details.  (class is full but a waitlist is available)    

February 4th: Snowshoe Wildlife Tracking Class with instructor David Moskowitz, 8:30am-12:30pm, $45, space limited, registration required. Click here for more details.   (class is full but a waitlist is available) 

February 12-18th: Methow Experience Online Auction.  Wherever you are, bid on unique Methow (and beyond) adventures, services, items, performances and more! Click here for more details.

February 16th: “Bringing the Outside In” Natural History & Nature Drawing class on mammals with instructors Mary Kiesau & Perri Howard, 12:30pm-5:00pm, $65.  Space limited, registration required. See above for more details.   

February 18th:  Methow Grown Film Festival, 4:00-6:00pm at the Winthrop Barn.  Join us for food, drinks and our Methow Grown film, festival plus the end to our entertaining Methow Experience online auction!  Click here for more details.


Events & News from Other Organizations

The Confluence Poets present the Second-Annual William Stafford Birthday Reading on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 pm at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop.  Featured readers include Alana Blusol, Christine Kendall, Kelleigh McMillan, Danica Ready, Julianne Seeman, Julie Tate-Libby, along with Liberty Bell High School students Lazo Gitchos, Kyleen Romero, and Leo Shaw, and host Cindy Williams Gutiérrez.  The featured readers will read one Stafford poem and a poem of their own that resonates with the Stafford poem.  Following the featured readers, audience members will then be invited to share their favorite Stafford poem or a personal story about William Stafford.  Please join in this communal tribute to poet William Stafford remembered for his wisdom and his love of the Methow Valley.  Bring your favorite Stafford poem or tale to share!

Methow Trails hosts “Nature of Winter Snowshoe” Tours every Saturday from Jan 6 - Feb 24 at both Sun Mountain and Jacks Hut at the Freestone Inn.  These family-friendly snowshoe tours start at 11:00am and are led by local volunteers who focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more.  See more details 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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