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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, March 3, 2017

Ecosystems of the Okanogan
with Andy Stepniewski

On Friday, March 3, 2017, Andy Stepniewski brings an all-new topic to the Highland Wonders series, with “Ecosystems of the Okanogan.” The beautiful Okanogan lies to the east of the Cascades, in the rain shadow of this range. The region showcases an impressive mosaic of ecosystems because of its varied terrain with great differences in elevation, from alpine summits to valley bottoms. Huge variation in temperatures and precipitation occur along this elevational gradient. Ecological diversity is the region’s hallmark, from the windswept, snowy, alpine mountaintops of the western edge of the Okanogan, eastward into extensions of boreal Canada’s “Spruce Kingdom,” downward into progressively warmer and drier forest zones, and into the semi-arid shrub-steppe zone. Combined, this array of ecosystems adds up to stupendous natural biodiversity in a relatively small area. This diversity is rarely exceeded by other areas at this latitude in North America. Join Andy on this armchair tour celebrating the natural highlights of the Okanogan.

 Buckhorn in summer

Event at a Glance:  

When: Friday, March 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; $5 for children 12 and under; desserts by donation (benefit for the CCC). 
Where: Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket, 411 S Western Ave

Menu: Enchilada casserole (chicken or cheese), with salad and beans


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