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The Ecology of the Methow

An Eight-Part Course

An eight-part course on ‘The Ecology of the Methow’ will be taught by Dana Visali and other local naturalists and ecologists. This program of ers insights into‘how nature works, and meaningful mental stimulation as the nights grow longer.

Ecology is the study of interrelationships in the natural world, between living things and with the Good Earth. It is a profound and awe-inspiring subject, although much of the interrelatedness is hidden from the eyes. A basic example is the oxygen in atmosphere; oxygen is a very reactive element and comprises 21% of the air only because photosynthesizers (plants, algae, cyanobacteria) constantly pump it into the atmosphere; without plants there would be no oxygen. In this course we will look into the ecology of the soil, of our rivers, lakes, forests, the shrub-steppe, the alpine zone, and human ecology. Most evenings will include a lab session when we work with hands-on, earthy material. It will be a stimulating way to enjoy long winter nights.

Presented on Monday evenings 7-9 PM, November 6 & 13, December 4 & 11, and January 8, 15, 22 & 29. Cost is $0-$100, according to your budget. Call, email or write to enroll: 997-9011, dana@ methownet.com.

Film "One Stick at a Time" and Discussion

November 3, Friday, 6:30 pm

Community Cultural Center, 411 So. Western Ave., Tonasket

For the last year, Kent Woodruff , a retired US Forest Service biologist from Winthrop, has been engaging people across the west in discussions about what we can do to soften the impacts of climate change. As our already dry landscape and water resources become impacted by climate change, this topic will be increasingly relevant to our ecological and human communities. Kent worked for 41 years as a wildlife biologist. He is concerned that all the resources we manage, including forests and rangelands, streams and rivers, roads and trails, sensitive plants, and our important recreation areas are all facing stress from climate change that increases each year.

A new level of cooperation and conservation planning is needed in order to prepare for shifts in the intricate balance of ecological relationships. Now is the time to protect the biodiversity that makes our region so unique. On Friday, November 3rd, Kent will share an independent fi lm about the climate adaptation work that he has done with beavers, and the attempts of others in Washington to fi nd some solutions to the impacts that continue to become more intense.

Community members will learn what biologists are doing in the Methow valley, and the fi lm will serve as a conversation starter to encourage sharing of thoughts about what can be done to make our landscapes more resilient to climate change. OHA is a non-profi t organization that works to educate the public on watershed issues. The Highland Wonders educational series features the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. OHA’s Education Program is designed to build the community’s capacity for environmental stewardship by increasing understanding of local natural history through a variety of free public learning opportunities.

More info about this and other free upcoming educational events: www. okanoganhighlands.org/ education/hw You can subscribe to event videos on YouTube under “OHA’s Highland Wonders.” This educational event is provided by OHA, and hosted at the CCC. The presentation is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, WCS and the US Forest Service. For more information contact Julie at 476-2432.

Bird Walks at Beebe Springs

Come join us for Citizen Science bird walks at Beebe Springs Natural Area on the first and third Wednesdays each month. Beginners and advanced birders are welcome! The data we collect is used by Ron Fox, the District 7 Wildlife Area Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, for grant applications and site assessment. Please contact Virginia Palumbo for the start time (which varies as the seasons change) at vwpalumbo@gmail.com or 682-5969. Discover Pass required for parking.

Bird Survey Opportunities

Beebe Springs

Come join a twice-monthly e-Bird survey at Beebe Springs, led by Virginia Palumbo.

This walk covers 2 miles of trails along riparian areas along the Columbia River and side channels. The count data will be shared with Ron Fox, the WDFW wildlife biologist for Beebe Springs.

For a map of Beebe Springs' location, cick here.

This is an interesting and important time to contribute to the knowledge of bird populations at Beebe, given the burns that occurred on surrounding hillsides last summer, the recent completion of a new fishing pond, and the newly permanent beaver pond and resultant wetlands.

Surveys occur on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, with start times variable with the season. E-mail Virginia at vwpalumbo@gmail.com for start times and to confirm attendance.

Walla Walla Park and Horan Natural Area

Beginning in 2011, Susan Ballinger has led monthly bird monitoring walks on Wednesdays, and records species at two point count stations and along a one-mile loop in the Horan Area. A protocol is followed and data is entered into e-bird. Dates are listed on the Chelan-Doulgas Land Trust wesite at: https://www.cdlandtrust.org/whats-new. Outings are free and open to all. Contact Susan directly to learn more at skylinebal@gmail.com.

To see a map of the location of Walla Walla Park, click here.

One question the project seeks to answer is: How has the de-watering of open water ponds in Horan Nature Area changed the observed use by bird species, especially shorebirds and waterfowl?

Email Susan to learn more: skylinebal@gmail.com