Outings & Events

What’s going on!

There are many ways to experience Shrub-Steppe.

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy holds a variety of events and activities to increase opportunities for kids and adults to learn about the unique natural environment of the shrub-steppe and connect people to these lands. We work with a variety of partners including other non-profit organizations, schools, and local, state, and federal agencies to engage the community with our work and build support for our conservation work. 

WINTER TALK SERIES

Our Winter Talk Series explores scientific concepts and phenomena related to the shrub-steppe. All talks are open to the public and free of charge. Stay tuned as we work to adapt to current conditions and offer education virtually!

‘MOUNTAIN LIONS: PHYSIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, & SAFETY’ WITH MICHELLE BLAKE

When: Tuesday, February 9,  7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: This talk will be held online, via zoom. To attend you need to register. Register here.

What: “Mountain Lions: Physiology, Ecology, Safety” with Michelle Blake
Michelle will describe the amazing physiology of one of the most awe-inspiring big mammals left on our continent, the mountain lion (aka puma or cougar). What makes this big cat an apex predator and what role does it play in Northwestern ecosystems? Michelle will also discuss what can humans do to appreciate this animal while keeping themselves, pets, and livestock safe.

 

About Michelle Blake

Michelle Blake is Western Region Coordinator with the Mountain Lion Foundation, which has a mission to ensure that America’s lion survives and flourishes in the wild. A former Yakima resident, Michelle previously worked in the news department at KIMA-TV.

A TALK ON LICHENS! (TITLE TBD)

When: Tuesday, March 9,  7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Online Zoom Meeting (details to come)

What: A talk on lichens! (Title TBD) with Jessica Allen

 

About Jessica Allen

An Assistant Professor at Eastern Washington University, Jessica Allen is a lichenologist who studies lichen genomics, biodiversity, and conservation. She documents lichen biodiversity, with a specific focus on the Inland Northwest. As a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Committee on lichens, Jessica applies research to IUCN red-list assessments for lichens, one way of translating knowledge of a species to conservation applications.

A TALK ON RE-WILDING RIVERS (TITLE TBD) WITH JOHN MARVIN

When: Tuesday, April 6,  7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Online Zoom Meeting (details to come)

What: A talk on Re-wilding Rivers with John Marvin

About John Marvin

Info to come …

COMMUNITY EVENTS: VIRTUAL AND LIVE

During the isolating times of COVID-19, we will be participating in and promoting virtual community events — talks, conversations, and more — until we can safely gather again for live events. Thank for your patience as we adjust our schedule and our event focus during this time.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY WALKS

Due to current public health concerns, we are not holding community walks. We will make plans for future walks when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.