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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.



Gifts of the Crow

with John Marzluff

with: 
<> George Thornton <> Chloé Lahondère <> Clément Vinauger <> Lee Johnson <> Julie Ashmore
 
Friday, March 4th


Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors for years. And because they often live near people, they are also keenly aware of our peculiarities, quickly learning to recognize and approach those who care for them, even giving numerous, oddly touching gifts in return. The characteristics of crows that allow this symbiotic relationship are language, delinquency, frolic, passion, wrath, risk-taking, and awareness—seven traits that humans find strangely familiar.  
 






Crow by John Marzluff



With his extraordinary research on the intelligence and startling abilities of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—scientist John Marzluff tells amazing stories of these brilliant birds in Gifts of the Crow, shining a light on their fascinating characteristics and behaviors. 




John Marzluff
  

  John Marzluff, Ph.D., is Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington.  His research has been the focus of articles in the New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Boys Life, The Seattle Times, and National Wildlife.  PBS’s NATURE featured his raven research in its production, "Ravens," and his crow research in the film documentary, "A Murder of Crows
Event at a Glance:  

When: Friday, March 4th, 2016, 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 $7.50 for CCC members and $8.50 for non-members.

Where: Community Cultural Center (CCC), 411 S Western Ave, Tonasket, WA


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Coming up in 2016

 February 5      Lost Lake Wetland
 with George Thornton
Come and learn about how OHA is preserving the Lost Lake wetland, making the site available to researchers, and teaching youth about the value and function of wetlands. Delve with us into the depths of Lost Lake’s treasures, and take a look at the array of botanical gems that thrive at the Preserve.

The Lost Lake wetland supports an astonishing degree of biodiversity, with several wetland types and a complex web of life. From aquatic insect-eating plants to Northern Harriers swooping through the air in search of prey, the wetland is a hub of activity. More loon chicks have been hatched at Lost Lake than at any other lake in WA State, using the wetland fringe for nesting. Throughout the site, various kinds of wetlands foster the growth of rare plants and rich wildlife, as the mix of land and water transitions from forested seepage wetland to calcareous fen to shrub swamp. George Thornton has nurtured a personal interest in native plants of Okanogan Highlands for many years, observing some of our most special wetlands over time. 
 March 4      Corvids
 with John Marzluff
Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors for years. The ongoing connection between humans and crows—a cultural co-evolution—has shaped both species for millions of years. With his extraordinary research on the intelligence and startling abilities of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—scientist John Marzluff tells amazing stories of these brilliant birds, shining a light on their fascinating characteristics and behaviors. 
 April 1  Native Bees, with Don Rolfs A lifelong naturalist, teacher, mountain climber, graphic artist, and skilled photographer, Dr. Don Rolfs grew up in the mountains and wilderness of Washington State. He has studied and collected insects in Europe, Turkey, Siberia, the Amazon Basin, and throughout the U.S.
 May 6  Deer and Wildfire
 with Scott Fitkin
Deer ecology and management, particularly post-wildfire. Learn about how the wildfires have affected deer and other ungulates in our region.




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To begin or renew your OHA membership and be first in line to register for the summertime events, please visit www.okanoganhighlands.org/support, or contact OHA for more information. To sign up for this event, email julie@okanoganhighlands.org or call 509-476-2432. The starting time and location will be provided upon registration.

Please visit OHA's past events page to learn about other events that have been held in summers past. Each of these events was jam-packed with information tailored to the sights, sounds, and natural history of the highlands. The events are often full to capacity. Be sure to begin or renew your OHA membership for priority in signing up for this summer's events. 



Questions? Contact OHA's Conservation Coordinator, Julie Ashmore: julie@okanoganhighlands.org