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Lost Lake Moss Walk with Erica Heinlen

What a treat this field trip will be! The Lost Lake Wetland and Wildlife Preserve has habitats that support great moss diversity. Join OHA and Erica Heinlen, M.S., Zone Botanist for the Tonasket Ranger District, Colville National Forest, as we walk, talk, and learn together about moss structures and identifying features, ecological adaptations and functions. Erica manages the sensitive botanical species and native plant programs for the Tonasket and Republic Ranger Districts of the Colville National Forest. She is excited to share her love for plants and bryophytes with others. It will be a fun day exploring these small jewels in the forest!

Where and When:

9 am: Meet at Tonasket High School Parking Lot if you would like to carpool from Tonasket

10 am: Moss Walk Begins from the Lost Lake Wetland and Wildlife Preserve Kiosk on the south end of Lost Lake. Find driving directions here.

What To Bring:

Sturdy walking shoes, clothing layers, water, lunch, hand lens (we will also have these available to borrow if needed)

2023-9 HW Field Trip Moss with Erica Heinlen


Podcast! Canada Lynx and Home Range Wildlife Research S3:E4

…with Anna Machowicz, Education Director

Join us for a refreshingly fun episode, full of natural history, scientific research, and the developing story of Home Range Wildlife Research, whose mission is “to advance wildlife conservation by conducting high-quality research, educating aspiring biologists, and engaging local communities.” Anna Machowicz, Home Range Education Director, shares exciting news about field training and volunteer opportunities, and explains how Home Range has begun implementation of a long-term study of Canada Lynx populations in the mountains between the Methow and Okanogan – an area that has been significantly altered by two decades of megafires. In all that they do, Home Range invites community volunteers, students, and academics to participate, leading collaborative investigations of wildlife and working to understand how communities and land managers can support wildlife populations and healthy ecosystems into the future. Check out their website: for more information, and to sign up for training and volunteer opportunities! 

For additional information, check out this recent article about Home Range in the Seattle Times:

This podcast is produced by Okanogan Highlands Alliance. For more information or to support OHA, visit our website:

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Podcast Art by Martina Graves

Bird Songs: Evening Talk and Morning Walk: May 19-20, 2023

…with Naturalist, Author, Educator, Photographer David Lukas

To learn more about David’s work, check him out at and

UPDATE! As of Tuesday, May 16, the CCC dinner has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience but we hope, if you are looking for a tasty meal, you can find dinner at one of our local restaurants.

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