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Greetings from the OHA Staff in the time of the COVID-19 crisis

During these tumultuous times, we hope that you are healthy, hunkering down, and taking care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Okanogan Highlands Alliance’s community events for April have been postponed and new dates have not yet been set. Our summer events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check back here or at OHA's Facebook Page for updated information. While you are here, you are welcomed to visit our Highland Wonders past events page to learn more about natural history! You can expect more past event videos to be posted in the coming weeks.

We hope that despite the issues you are facing as a result of the pandemic, you are able to find space in your lives to connect with each other (from safe distances) and with nature. We hope you are able to make some happy memories to accompany the anxious ones.

Here are some ideas to build happy memories in troubling times:

  • Connect! with nature – walk, ride a bike, plant seeds or start your garden, sit and enjoy the signs of spring, launch your birding career
  • Connect! with your people -- call, email, write letters
  • Notice! how the natural world is moving forward, changing seasons, totally oblivious to the disruption to our human lives
  • Do what you love! Write – draw – read – exercise – play your marimba
  • And… remember to breathe. Take a deep breath in…release...repeat 10 times.

Here in the Okanogan, we have noticed:

  • Bluebirds have returned to the highlands
  • The snow is melting and mud abounds
  • The sound of running water is getting louder as the ice melts on the creek
  • Everywhere you look, buds are swelling on stems
  • In the valley, among the sage, wildflowers are bursting
  • The first butterflies (mourning cloaks) are flitting about, drinking sap running in the trees!
  • Kids are asking to stay up late because it’s not dark yet
  • If you sit very, very still and listen very, very hard, you might hear the native bees waking up from their underground hibernation – a subtle vibration of life waking up all around us.

From our homes, the OHA staff continues to work toward our mission to encourage and support education and protection of our community and the environment. We are finding ways to address the unique challenges of this situation and working to support our community and our membership, far and wide.

As always, but perhaps now more than ever, please feel welcome to connect with us – we would love to hear your ideas, your observations, and your inspirations!

Be safe and healthy!

-Sarah, Jen and Julie

Restoration

A new short video tells the Triple Creek restoration story in a nutshell, from the perspective of the restoration team -- OHA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Trout Unlimited, and the land stewards. You will also see a bird's eye view of the project!

OHA is working with collaborative partners to restore the stream and wetland, to improve habitat and wetland function. Learn more about our restoration efforts by clicking below.

Education

Highland Wonders

Highland Wonders is a monthly education series featuring the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. Out of consideration for public health during the COVID-19 outbreak, OHA’s educational events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check back for updated information and visit our past events page to keep learning about the natural history of our area!

Mine Monitoring

Buckhorn Mine: The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has the responsibility to uphold the mine's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. OHA has suggested corrective actions that would increase the understanding of the contaminant flows at the mine site and lead to long-term solutions to the water quality problems on Buckhorn Mountain. Learn more about our efforts by clicking the button below.

More About Mine Monitoring

OHA is working to...

Minimize watershed impacts associated with the Buckhorn Mine operations & exploration

Continuously improve the ecological health of the Okanogan Highlands

Increase community awareness and involvement in watershed issues

Volunteer

OHA is committed to protecting and restoring wetlands in the Okanogan Highlands, and there are a variety of areas that you can become involved in. You can help OHA protect, restore and preserve the Okanogan Highlands by becoming involved in OHA’s mine monitoring, education and/or restoration programs. 


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About OHA

Learn more about Okanogan Highlands Alliance by browsing through our history, timelines, and past newsletters.

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Education

Learn more about the Okanogan Highlands from our education series, Highland Wonders, and other OHA Educational Programs.

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Restoration

OHA restores several locations in the Okanogan Highlands so they can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

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Mine Monitoring

Learn more about the past and present advocacy efforts to protect the quality of Highland ecosystems and water.

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