Archive for Birding

Methow Skills for Kids: Summer is for the birds!

Summer is for the birds! Methow Skills for Kids presents a fun, feathered one-day camp for your young ornithologist. Patrick Hannigan of Nice Nests will share his vast knowledge of all thing flying (birds, bats, even squirrels!) in this one day camp suitable for ages 6-10.

The camp will meet in the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus for introductions and orientation, before heading over to the Nice Nests studio to see where and how Patrick makes his nesting boxes. Then it’s back to the Education Station where the kids can make and decorate their very own chickadee/wren nest box as well as feather and mini nest box magnets. While their creations dry, the group will take a walk to the Twisp Ponds to check out some occupied nest boxes, look for birds, eggs and young and talk about habitat while walking the trails. The Twisp Ponds will also be the site of a picnic lunch (please remember to pack a lunch and water bottle for your child). After lunch the group will return to the Education Station to pick up their nest boxes.

Camp size is limited so make sure you register early to reserve a place for your budding birder!
The camp will be based in the Education Station in the Hosey Building (Building #9) on the TwispWorks campus.

Last Sunday Lecture – Migratory Birds: The Methow’s International Travelers

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center “Last Sunday” speaker series presents Don McIvor, “Migratory Birds: The Methow’s International Travelers” on Sunday, October 30 at 5:00 pm at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. This is the final speaker of the MVIC season.
Migratory birds are international citizens who know no borders. In the Methow, our avian migrants knit us together with landscapes as distant and exotic as the high arctic tundra and the pampas of South America. As bird watchers, we may think of all the birds we see here, like the colorful Bullock’s Oriole or the wintering Snow Bunting as “ours.” But many of these species are with us for only a few weeks of the year, spending the balance of their lives in other parts of the Western Hemisphere. Don will explore the fascinating natural phenomena of bird migration, tying in what we know—or can guess—about the seasonal movements of “our” migrating feathered friends.

Birds have been a common theme in Don McIvor’s career. Don received his MS based on his research on Sandhill Cranes in Utah and Wyoming. He has conducted breeding bird surveys on Utah’s Wasatch Plateau and the north slope of the Uinta Mountains. Don spent six years as the Nevada Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon and three years as the Science Coordinator for Audubon Washington. Don has written extensively on the topic of birds, including two books, Birding Utah (Falcon Press) and Nevada’s Important Bird Areas (Nevada Audubon). He teaches Ornithology at Wenatchee Valley College – Omak.

This lecture is free but donations are graciously accepted!