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OHA's Monthly Education Series
Photo by George Thornton
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.
Friday, March 7th, 2014
Grassland Ecology and Grass Identification
"the Indoor Version"
with Don Gayton
If you missed the September 2013 grassland learning experience or would like an opportunity to reinforce the concepts from the event, this is your chance. Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) announces the return of one of the region’s premier grass experts, Don Gayton, who will discuss our local grassland ecology and grass plant identification. Last September, Don’s Highland Wonders presentation and field trip were filled to capacity, and OHA received requests to offer an indoor presentation to a larger group. This is a great opportunity for those who were not able to participate in the previous grassland learning experience, as well as a chance for those who attended to reinforce the concepts that were presented, and develop a deeper understanding.
At this event, you will learn about our local grassland ecology and grass plant identification, guided by a regional expert. Topics covered will include grassland types,
invasive plants, grazing and fire interactions, and simplified methods
of identifying grasses. You don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy this course, as everyone from the rookie to the proficient will get something from Don’s wealth of knowledge.
Don Gayton, M.Sc., P.Ag., has extensive experience with our region’s
grasslands and has published a number of technical articles about them.
He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of our precious and
endangered grasslands. Don is an award winning author. His books include
The Wheatgrass Mechanism, Landscapes of the Interior, Interwoven Wild
and Okangan Odyssey. Stuart McLean describes him as having “the eye of a
scientist and the soul of a poet.”
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 has 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the buttons below for past Highland Wonders events.