Chelan-Douglas Land Trust offers free online nature series

“Wild Ideas!” explores salamanders, salmon, biocrust

Courtesy Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Torsten Watkins, 14-year-old local herpetologist.
WENATCHEE The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is offering a series of free virtual presentations exploring some hidden aspects of our local ecosystems. On three consecutive Thursdays in March, experts will share fascinating information about our natural surroundings, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Thursday, March 11 – 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Salamanders of Central Washington

Discover the secretive but fascinating and beautiful species of salamanders that you might see while exploring wet pockets of our arid landscape.  Presenter: Torsten Watkins, 14-year-old local herpetologist.

 Thursday, March 18 – 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Everything you wanted to know about Pacific Salmon but never thought to ask

Answers to questions like: why are there seven species of Pacific Salmon and only one Atlantic salmon species? How do salmon find their way home?  Presenter: Tracy Bowerman, PhD

 Thursday, March 25 – 6:00-6:45pm

Unbust the Crust: Restoring Unseen Desert Diversity

Learn about the importance of biological soil crusts (biocrusts) - the communities of tiny organisms that bind together the soil in drylands. Presenter:  Lydia Bailey, PhD candidate

These short Zoom talks are free. Registration required at

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is a local non-profit working to engage communities in conserving, caring for, and accessing the natural lands and waters that sustain North Central Washington. The Land Trust has a 35-year record of working collaboratively with property owners and communities to identify and protect the region’s most important natural landscapes forever. For more information:



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