Field trip description
Our first stop is the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center to learn about wildfires, fire ecology education, and shrub-steppe shrub identification.
We then drive 16 miles up the Entiat Valley to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Stormy Preserve. At Stormy Preserve, we are led by scientist field trip leaders and Wenatchee Naturalist Susan Ballinger. The field trip focus is on the riparian ecosystem exploring stream macroinvertebrates, insects, and riparian plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibian communities.
We observe a Chinook salmon nest the river and learn about salmon life cycle and the importance of riverside trees and shrubs as the foundation for the aquatic food web. The day concludes with a stop at the confluence of the Entiat and the Columbia Rivers to visit the newly developed nature trail.
Guest scientist leaders may include:
Entomologist, Dr. Bob Gillespie, Aquatic Biologist, Dr. Mark Oswood and Fisheries Biologist, Phil Archibald.
Citizen Science Project
Watershed & Water Cycle A day on the Entiat River at Stormy Preserve: Riparian Ecosystem structures & functions
- Shrub & Tree Species on CDLT Stormy Preserve
- Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center Bird Species brochure
Photos from a Wenatchee Naturalist field trip to Stormy Creek Preserve.