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OHA's Monthly Education Series

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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.



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~ Friday, May 2nd, 2014 ~

Amphibians of the Okanogan

with Scott Fitkin

Wildlife Biologist Scott Fitkin will give an overview of our local amphibian species, including their identifying characteristics, life history and presumed distribution. He will touch on the crucial role they play in our ecosystems as secondary consumers in the food web, and as indicators of environmental change. Come and learn about the natural history, amazing adaptations, and ecological status of our region’s frogs, salamanders and other amphibians.  

“Amphibians are amazing shape-shifting critters,” Fitkin says. “It is fascinating to consider their dual aquatic/terrestrial life history and ability to morph from a gilled, water-breathing larval stage into a walking, air-breathing adult.”

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Scott Fitkin’s work as a District Wildlife Biologist (Winthrop) brings him in close proximity to some of the region’s most interesting and unique amphibians. Scott first became interested in amphibians as a child and that interest has continued into his professional career.  Over the years he has conducted amphibian surveys and co-led herpetology field courses in the region.


The Highland Wonders indoor educational series brings the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas to Tonasket from November through May (skipping December).

The events take place at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket, at 411 Western Avenue. The presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. with desserts, tea and coffee; dinner benefiting the CCC begins at 5:00 p.m. The meal is $7.50 for CCC members or $8.50 for non-members; $5.00 for kids under 12; a dessert and one beverage are included for dinner guests. We hope to see you there!

(Flying Squirrel photo at right taken near Wauconda by Khanh Tran.)

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The 2012 Summertime Highland Wonders season brought Cedar Ecology, The Magic of Wetlands, and a school bus tour highlighting the Geology of the Okanogan Highlands. The 2013 outdoor season brought Seeing the Forest Among the Trees, Watershed Functioning, Plant Ecology and Stream Processes, Geology of the Okanogan Highlands, and Grassland Ecology and Grass ID. 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 next summer's events.


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


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