Methow River Collaborative

JULY: Critters in the Rivers

July 2019

JULY FEATURES Garter Snakes. Garter snakes are exceptional swimmers and use water for both foraging and protection. They feed primarily on fish and amphibians. These “water snakes” are often considered an indicator of healthy aquatic and riparian systems. (Artwork by 6th grade student Landry Chrastina.) If you live anywhere in North America, chances are you’ve… [Read More]

AUGUST: Critters in the Rivers

August 2019

AUGUST FEATURES: Mountain Lions.  Mountain lions are ambush predators that eat mostly deer. These large cats help keep prey populations, such as deer, in check. This helps to prevent overbrowing of trees and shrubs in riparian areas. (This month’s artwork by 6th grade student, Linneae Crandall.) TRACKING MAMMALS – MOUNTAIN LIONS Mountain Lion Tracks are:… [Read More]

Critters in the Rivers


The 2019 ‘Living with the Methow River Calendar’ offers monthly information about our river habitat. Learn more about our critters by visiting some the following sites: Twisp Ponds Discovery Center, Cottonwood Trail, The Winthrop Barn Trail, and Whitefish Island. (Artwork by 6th grade student Vance Nielsen.) AUGUST FEATURES: Mountain Lions are ambush predators that eat… [Read More]

Station 2: Twisp Ponds Discovery Center


There are few better places to spend a sunny autumn afternoon than at the Twisp Ponds Discovery Center located at 53 Twisp River Road, Twisp, WA. Located just a half mile out of Twisp on Twisp River Road, the Twisp Ponds site is a complex of streams, rearing ponds, meandering trails, public art, and interpretive… [Read More]

Station 5: Cottonwood Trail

Methow River Collaborative, 2019

Visit Cottonwood Trail on Old Twisp Highway and explore nature through a captivating trail system that is equipped with learning. Cottonwood Trail is the perfect place for a picnic and dipping your toes in the cool river. Find numerous interpretive signs placed on several different trail systems throughout the site. Walk all they way to… [Read More]

Methow River Collaborative bridges art, water, community and learning


Have you noticed unique artworks sprinkling the Methow Valley? Find more articles, artwork, trails, activities and updates HERE. Coordinated by Methow Arts, the Methow River Collaborative is a project of the Department of Ecology, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation and Methow Arts Alliance. True to the Methow, the project uses locally crafted artwork… [Read More]

Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation


Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation’s (MSRF) primary focus is to protect and restore habitat for ESA listed species of salmon and other fish native to the Methow watershed and aid directly in their recovery. MSRF is a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 2001. What we do: Environmental habitat restoration, assessment, protection  and conservation] , landowner… [Read More]

Bureau of Reclamation


Salmon and Steelhead habitat improvement work in the Methow Basin is possible through formal partnerships between Federal agencies and project sponsors interested in aquatic habitat rehabilitation.  In the Methow Watershed the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) provides technical assistance to Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Columbia Cascade Fish Enhancement Group, Trout Unlimited and Washington Department of Fish… [Read More]

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