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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 April (skipping December). The outdoor series is offered in spring through fall, and the schedule varies.

Friday, April 5, 2019 ~
Butterflies of the Okanogan
with Caitlin LaBar 

   Caitlin LaBar, Butterflies of the Okanogan
Okanogan County is host to 124 of the 155 butterfly species recorded in Washington. Caitlin will speak about some of the ecogeographical aspects that contribute to this incredible diversity, what species you can expect to commonly find and some of the more reclusive species to watch for. Also learn how you can contribute to ongoing research by photographing and recording data through various methods. Two of Caitlin’s books will be available for purchase: Butterflies of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area and Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Washington, both of which were used as part of OHA’s 2018 butterfly field trip.

More about Caitlin's work:

"The Sinlahekin is one of my favorite places, always changing and yielding new discoveries, yet always familiar. In studying what makes it so unique, I've explored many parts of the Okanogan and will discuss some of what makes this region special and why it has one of the highest totals of butterfly species in the state. Prepare to learn about several of these species and what you can do to contribute to ongoing research."

Event at a Glance:

When: Friday, April 5, 2019, at 6:30 pm. Dinner benefiting the Community Cultural Center (CCC) at 5:15 pm, followed by the presentation with tea, coffee, and desserts.

Cost: Presentation is free; dinner is $9 with desserts by donation (benefit for the CCC). 

Where: Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, 411 S Western Ave

Menu: Pork loin roast with mushroom gravy, roasted potatoes, green beans, salad, and garlic bread

Other Upcoming Events:

June 22, 2019
Bumble Bee Field Trip
with Rich Hatfield
(Outdoor field trip in the highlands)

The bumble bee field trip on June 22, 2019 will provide community members with an opportunity to learn about the bumble bee species in our area, their importance to our ecosystem, as well as ways we can help conserve them. In an effort to learn more about bumble bees to improve evidence based bumble bee conservation guidance, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Oregon Bee Project, has launched the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. On a hike in the Okanogan Highlands, Rich Hatfield, Xerces Society conservation biologist, will share information about the Atlas Project, how to participate, and the value that the project will have to our area, both locally, and more regionally. The goal of this field trip is to connect the community with the contributions of our native bumble bees and other native pollinators and provide inspiration and a user-friendly method of engagement in a citizen science making positive strides toward effective conservation.

Space will be limited; registration details TBA.

This event is provided in partnership with Humanities Washington, with community member financial support.

Humanities Washington



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Did you miss the lichen presentation, or do you want a refresher?
Visit for video and info from the event. Or, subscribe to OHA’s Highland Wonders YouTube channel for video of this and other events (

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Questions? Contact OHA's Conservation Coordinator, Julie Ashmore: