Okanogan Ice Islands: Nunataks

…with George Thornton

Join us here on January 7th, 2022 (or on our main homepage) for the link to join the event from home via YouTube.

Click the button above to go straight to the Okanogan Ice Islands: Nunatak event on Friday, January 7, 2022. The presentation will begin at 6:30 (but you will be able to check in and get situated starting at 6).

Beyond the beauty of Chopaka, I’ve come to know the mystery behind the unusual collection of Arctic tundra remnant on the peak. I’ve wondered what it tells of our past and  whether it offers a glimpse  into  our future.” -George Thornton

High, craggy peaks rise to the West of the Okanogan. These mountains are home to unique plant communities, and our glacial history holds a clue as to why and how those plants come to live where they do. The changing climate endangers these indicators of  our glacial past. In this edition of Highland Wonders, we will discuss various theories about local natural history and ecology using Chopaka Mountain as a primary example of several nearby Eastern Cascade peaks. 

Join OHA and George Thornton, high school teacher, botanist, and lifelong nature enthusiast, on January 7, 2022.  George has lived his entire life in the Okanogan. He taught for 33 years, worked summers doing vegetation surveys for the Forest Service, and has hiked  and explored most of the north Okanogan area.

We hope to see you there online!

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