The Squirrel World of the Pacific Northwest

On Friday, January 10th, David Moskowitz came to Highland Wonders to speak about squirrels. This was David’s first time offering a presentation on squirrels.

“The Pacific Northwest has some of the highest diversity of squirrels in the world. There are about 112 squirrel species in the world, and we have about 25 of them here in the Pacific Northwest… And part of the reason we have such a tremendous diversity is because of the diversity of the landscape that we have here, ranging from coastal rainforests to interior deserts and then of course the mountains all the way up to boreal and alpine highland forests.”

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Bighorn Sheep of the Okanogan

On Friday, April 6th, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, Jeff Heinlen, brought to Highland Wonders the ecology, history, and management associated with the Bighorn Sheep of Okanogan County.

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The Secret Life of Bats in the Okanogan Highlands and Beyond

Little Brown Bat

On Friday, March 2nd, Roger Christophersen, wildlife biologist for the North Cascades National Park Service, shared stories and information about the amazing adaptations and natural history of our local bat species. From the thick crevices in tree bark and abundant insect supply at Lost Lake, to the forest and wetland habitats of Beaver Canyon, the Okanogan Highlands is a great place for bats to thrive. The presentation covered bat ecology, echolocation calls, habitat requirements, and bat species identification.

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Bears of Washington

On Friday, November 4th, Highland Wonders sought out a better understanding of Washington’s largest and most recognizable mammals. Gus Bekker and Adelle Waln of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project provided a presentation covering bear ecology, behavior and identification, comparing and contrasting the two bears that reside in Washington: black bears and grizzly bears.

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Nature’s Engineers: How Beavers Restore Habitat

Beavers possess remarkable engineering skills, which they combine with unparalleled work ethic to the benefit of streams and wetlands. On January 7th, 2011, this event focused on how beavers create the stream conditions and wetlands needed by an array of other plants and animals. In the process, beavers are sub-irrigating by raising the water table and increasing groundwater recharge in the Okanogan Highlands, making more water available for everybody during the low flows of late summer. Guest speakers who work with beavers in the field shared from their experiences and answered questions about these curious creatures. OHA also shared some exciting updates about the work of beavers on two of our restoration sites.

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