One indicator OHA uses to measure change over time at our restoration sites is the migratory songbird population, using a timed point-count method.

We conduct a point-count bird survey at our Myers Creek mitigation site near Chesaw for one morning in late May or early June. We visit several stations and record which bird species we observe at each — near and far, during two different timeframes. Some interesting species we have seen in past years include the Black-headed Grosbeak, Gray Catbird, Eastern Kingbird, and Clay-colored Sparrow, among many others.

Pre-registration is required, and event details are provided to those who sign up. The survey route covers just under two miles of very uneven terrain with some sidehill hiking and no established trail; please ensure that this kind of activity suits your fitness level and stamina if you wish to participate. There are no restroom facilities onsite, but there is an outdoor toilet available in the town of Chesaw (bring your own TP).

If you bird by ear and/or sight and would like to share your skills, please contact madeline@okanoganhighlands.org. Let us know if you’d like to be invited to other bird surveys in the future, and we’ll be sure you are on our email list!

See below for photos from the annual event at Myers Creek over the years. Thank you to all the volunteers who have contributed to this important effort since 2011! We hope that as the habitat improves, it will be capable of supporting an increasing diversity of bird species! In our 2019 survey, we observed 30 different species!

Runners gathered at Lost Lake in the Okanogan Highlands on Sunday, July 15, 2018, to participate in the first annual Get Lost! Trail Race event. The event was a fundraiser for OHA, and offered half-marathon and 7-mile distances, in addition to a free 1k kid’s race. Twenty-six runners participated in the adult distances, which included varied terrain and ascended Strawberry Mountain for a panoramic view of the highlands.

The women’s 7-mile winner, Stella Crutcher of Tonasket, stated, “This was my first trail race, and the course was mentally and physically challenging to say the least. Whether it be the course’s 850-foot climb within the first 1.5 miles, or the mental challenge of completing the race.” The morning mountain run treated runners to cooler temperatures and wildflowers provided a serene backdrop to the challenging course. “The landscape was very beautiful and it encouraged me to keep on running.” Crutcher explained. The men’s half-marathon winner, Jason Llewellyn of Chesaw, spoke highly of the race, stating, “Running the 1st annual Get Lost trail race was an awesome experience,” later adding, “The volunteers from OHA did an amazing job putting this all together. What an awesome organization to be a part of!”

Enjoy the beauty of the Okanogan Highlands this summer at Lost Lake!

Runners will gather at Lost Lake in the Okanogan Highlands to participate in the second annual Get Lost! Trail Race event.  The event is a fundraiser for OHA and offers half-marathon, 7-mile, and 3-mile distances, in addition to a free 1k kid’s race.  The adult distances include varied terrain and ascend Strawberry Mountain for a panoramic view of the highlands.

Sign up for the race on Ultrasignup here!

Note: The gain and loss is roughly 1250 feet per lap (see loop in above map). One lap is nearly 7 miles; two loops are roughly a half-marathon.

Click here to see photos and results from last year’s race!

Trail Map (click to enlarge)

Directions to Lost Lake from Tonasket via Havillah:
1. Take the Havillah Road out of Tonasket as though driving to Havillah.
2. At Havillah, turn right on West Lost Lake Road and follow to Lost Lake.

Directions to Lost Lake from Tonasket via Havillah:
1. Take the Havillah Road out of Tonasket as though driving to Havillah.
2. At Havillah, turn right on West Lost Lake Road and follow to Lost Lake.

Directions to Lost Lake from Tonasket via Bonaparte Lake:
1. Take Hwy 20 eastbound from Tonasket heading toward Bonaparte Lake and Wauconda. Drive 20.24 miles.
2. Turn left onto Bonaparte Lake Road. Drive 5.58 miles.
3. Drive past Bonaparte Lake and the Boy Scout camp. Look for signage to Lost Lake and turn left.
4. Follow to Lost Lake.

Directions to Lost Lake from Chesaw:
1. Drive through the town of Chesaw and continue on Chesaw road as though going to Beaver Canyon and Toroda Creek Road.
2. At the Pine Chee wetland, turn right on Myers Creek Road.
Continue to Lost Lake. Myers Creek Road will turn into Forest Service Road when you get closer to the lake.

On Friday, March 24th 2017, OHA celebrated 25 years by hosting a fundraising concert, variety show, and dinner at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket for the release of OHA’s Highland Voices CD. We enjoyed an evening of delicious locally-sourced food, original music, and appreciation for the people who have been a part of OHA over the years.

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OHA hosted Tonasket’s first ever “Trashion Show” at the Community Cultural Center as a fundraiser in 2013. Today, the annual April event is coordinated by the Green Okanogan recycling center.

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