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 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.)

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.)