About Julie Vanderwal

Julie Vanderwal (Ashmore) is the Conservation Coordinator for the Okanogan Highlands Alliance www.okanoganhighlands.org

Stories by Julie Vanderwal

OHA presents: Local Loon Tales a Highland Wonders event with Dan and Ginger Poleschook

TONASKET – On Friday, Nov. 2, Dan and Ginger Poleschook will return to the Highland Wonders education series to update our community on how our local loons have fared in the seven years since the Poleschook’s last presentation in Tonasket.

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Highland Wonders: Era of Megafires with Dr. Paul Hessburg

TONASKET – The Era of Megafires, a 60-minute multimedia presentation featuring Dr. Paul Hessburg, a Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station will be held at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center on Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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OHA presents ‘Ants: Marching in Hidden Worlds,’ a Highland Wonders event

TONASKET – Entomologist Joseph Fortier will provide a glimpse into the enigmatic life of ants in a Highland Wonders presentation at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket on Friday, Feb. 2 starting at 6:30 p.m.

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OHA presents: Living with Wildlife in the Okanogan with Jeff Heinlen

TONASKET – Living out in nature can be beautiful and serene, but it can also bring some surprises and challenges when people’s daily lives interface with wildlife. There are specific things you can do to help make your life work well with wildlife around, even before any encounters occur.

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Climate Change film, ‘One Stick at a Time’ to be screened at CCC

TONASKET – For the last year, Kent Woodruff, a retired US Forest Service biologist from Winthrop, has been engaging people across the west in discussions about what we can do to soften the impacts of climate change.

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OHA presents: Those marvelous, myriad lichens with Jack Massie

TONASKET – Lichens appear as an entire organism but are actually composed of two or more very different partners — they truly are peculiar, efficient, and wondrous. An indoor slideshow presentation on Friday, April 7…

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OHA presents: ‘Ecosystems of the Okanogan,’ a Highland Wonders event

TONASKET – On Friday, March 3, Andy Stepniewski brings an all-new topic to the Highland Wonders series, with “Ecosystems of the Okanogan.”

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A Year in the Lives of North American Owls with Paul Bannick

TONASKET – On Friday, Jan. 6, award-winning photographer Paul Bannick returns to Highland Wonders with a presentation based on his new book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls.

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OHA presents: Inland Mollusks of the Okanogan Highlands with Tom Burke

TONASKET – The Highland Wonders educational series is moving indoors again with a new line-up of presentations featuring the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. On Friday, Nov. 4, Tom Burke brings to the Highland Wonders series his 45 years of experience as a wildlife biologist in Washington State, with a unique presentation on mollusks.

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Working to kick start nature with wetland restoration

On the western toe of Buckhorn Mountain, in a place called Triple Creek, a rich wetland once thrived.

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