Autumn Adaptations in the Methow Valley

Autumn Adaptations in the Methow Valley

Autumn Adaptations in the Methow Valley

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Sep 11, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
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Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

— Robert Frost

Autumn is a time for celebrating life because it is the time of year when nature is most benign, and it's gifts most plentiful. Seeds and fruits provide abundant food, young animals scamper everywhere, and warm days make for perfect temperatures. But lurking under this idyllic abundance, autumn is also a time of impending stress as both plants and animals start making profound changes in preparation for the coming winter.

Have you ever wondered how plants and animals prepare for this change in seasons? Why do different species run away from the coming winter, hide, die, or prepare for a deep sleep? These preparations are more complex and varied than you might realize. For instance, even the browning of leaves is not a simple passive dying but a complexly organized, active sequence of events.


Join us as we spend a day exploring the many facets of this transition while we talk about birds, fish, insects, mammals and plants, and look for the many different ways species prepare for their significant journey from the glorious days of autumn into the depths of winter.

David Lukas is a professional naturalist and author based in the Methow Valley. He has led thousands of nature walks, classes, and talks and written extensively about the natural world, to learn more visit David loves to share his passion and curiosity for the natural world, and he currently runs a Facebook group called Methow Nature Notes.