Holiday Social & December “First Tuesday” Program
Tuesday, December 5th at the Winthrop Barn, free and open to everyone

Mark your calendar for our annual holiday social and December program!  We will be at the Winthrop Barn again with plenty of room for everyone.  See below for more details and contact us at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org if needed.

Holiday Social & Annual Conservation Awards Ceremony
December 5th from 6:00 - 7:00pm at the Winthrop Barn

Everyone is invited to join the Methow Conservancy in celebrating community, conservation and our mutual love of the Methow Valley with the Conservancy's annual year-end holiday social from 6:00-7:00pm. There will be free appetizers and holiday punch.  Before the 1st Tuesday program, we’ll honor community members with our annual conservation awards. It’s our time to thank you for all that you help us do – please join us!


First Tuesday Program “Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest” with David Moskowitz
December 5th from 7:00 - 8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn

Hidden in the interior of the Pacific Northwest is the largest remaining inland temperate rainforest on earth. This magnificent landscape is home to numerous First Nations communities, thousand year old trees and critical habitat for endangered species like mountain caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).  Less than 15 caribou remain in the herd that crosses back and forth between the United States and Canada in the Pacific Northwest, and herds across the southern range of this unique eco-type of caribou are disappearing quickly. The population is estimated at less than 1500 across all of British Columbia.  Industrial development has pushed this ecosystem to the tipping point.

“Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest” is a 35-minute cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world's largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem. 

David Moskowitz works as a biologist, photographer, and educator.  In the summer of 2015 he launched a project to understand the crumbling world of mountain caribou in western Canada and the northwestern continental United States. As their habitat has steadily worsened by a myriad of human activities, mountain caribou have been declining rapidly. Unsure of whether this project would be documentation of the end of a distinct ecotype of an iconic species or possibly a step along the path to inspiring the change in human behavior that is needed to save these animals, David set out to learn about and capture images of these reclusive animals across the Selkirk, Columbia and Rocky mountains in British Columbia and Alberta.

David discovered a compelling and complicated story which is being played out in a strikingly beautiful and, in places, deeply scarred landscape. It is a story that defies easy answers and illuminates the complicated web of ecological relationships which includes humans - forcing us as a species to chart a new way forward as we strive to meet our own needs while attempting to preserve the biological diversity and integrity of the landscape around us.

This film gives voice to First Nations, scientists, foresters, conservationists, and recreationists attempting to put the Caribou Rainforest on the map before it’s too late.  Learn more and watch a trailer at LastStandFilm.org.

Join us for a beautiful and thoughtful journey into the imperiled world of an endangered species, and the complicated 21st century conservation challenges that many animals face including some here in the Methow.  A brief discussion and Q&A will follow the 35-minute film.

David Moskowitz is the author of two books, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other northwest wildlands.  He is a wildlife tracking instructor and has taught numerous classes for the Methow Conservancy and many other entities.  

No RSVPs are needed.  Contact the Methow Conservancy at 996-2870, mary@methowconservancy.org if you have questions. 

Photos by David Moskowitz

 
 
 
 
 
 
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