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Highland Wonders ~ Upcoming

Highland Wonders is a monthly education series featuring the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. Come and meet some new people and enjoy refreshments; leave with a better understanding of your watershed.

The indoor series runs on the First Friday of the month, from November through May (skipping December). The outdoor series is offered during summer, and the schedule varies.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Last Stand: Mountain Caribou and the Inland Rainforest
with David Moskowitz

On Friday, February 3, 2017, David Moskowitz – expert wildlife tracker, photographer, and author – returns to Highland Wonders, bringing an evening of photos and stories exploring the world endangered mountain caribou and the last great inland temperate rainforest left on the planet. David and a small team of adventurers have been tracking down these rare creatures and documenting the stunning world they call home. Learn about the many challenges facing these beautiful creatures and globally unique ecosystem and the shifting focus of conservation efforts in face of 21st century challenges.


 Mountain Caribou - by David Moskowitz

Fewer than 15 caribou remain in the herd that crosses back and forth between the United States and Canada in the Pacific Northwest, while the entire population of this endangered population of caribou is now less then 1,500 across their entire range, which stretches north into central British Columbia. As their habitat is steadily altered and destroyed by human activity, herds across the entire range continue to decline despite a variety of conservation efforts. In the upcoming presentation, community members will learn about why this is, and what it has to teach us about carrying for our planet’s natural heritage on both local and global scales.

Event at a Glance:  
When: Friday, February 3, at 6:30 pm. (Dinner benefiting the Community Cultural Center at 5:15 pm, followed by the presentation with tea, coffee and desserts.)
Cost: Presentation is free; dinner is $8 for CCC members and $9 for non-members; desserts by donation (benefit for the CCC). 
Where: Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket, 411 S Western Ave

(Meal menu TBA)

 David Moskowitz at Highland Wonders   David Moskowitz has spoken in OHA’s Highland Wonders educational series twice in the past, first with “The Squirrel World of the Pacific Northwest” (January 2014), and then “The Hidden Lives of Northwest Wildlife” (January 2015) – each time drawing a large audience, with requests to bring him back. Author of Wolves in the Land of Salmon and Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, David also works as a biologist, photographer, and outdoor educator. 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.
David Moskowiz, photo by Emily Gibson
David Moskowiz, photo by Emily Gibson

David’s extensive experience as an outdoor educator includes training mountaineering instructors for Outward Bound, leading wilderness expeditions throughout the western United States and in Alaska, teaching natural history seminars, and serving as the lead instructor for wildlife tracking programs at Wilderness Awareness School. David holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and outdoor education from Prescott College. David is a certified Track and Sign Specialist through Cybertracker Conservation, as well as an evaluator for this rigorous professional certification program. Community members can contact David directly to inquire about his photography, classes and workshops or about hosting an evaluation in our region.

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