White River Riparian Exploration

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Field trip description

Lake Wenatchee in October

Lake Wenatchee in October

Starting at Lake Wenatchee, we travel up the White River Valley with guest wildlife biologist and artist, leader Heather Murphy and Wenatchee Naturalist Susan Ballinger to explore both natural and cultural history with a focus on conifer and deciduous trees and shrub species identification.  We drive to 4-5 different locations, stopping at each for about an hour to engage in natural history observations, journaling activities with short walks to scenic viewpoints.

We walk under western red cedar to see an active river function restoration project, drive to a spectacular scenic overlook of the valley.  As invited guests at Tall Timber Ranch, we walk a ½-mile riverside interpretive trail, enjoy a hot lunch, and learn about the conservation easement that permanently protects their river corridor property.  The afternoon’s focus in on native conifers and wildlife within the White River’s forested wetlands and old-growth forests. The featured citizen science is the Upper Basin Birder’s eBird  15-year long monitoring.

Logistics

Access a print-ready field trip logistics letter here:  White River Field Trip 2017 Logistics  

Along the White River

Along the White River

Guest scientist leader

Heather A. Wallis Murphy

Featured Organizations

Tall Timber’s Conservation Easement and White River properties of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

Citizen Science Project

Upper Basin Birders; eBird; Leavenworth Bird Fest

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