• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

Events

Events Banner 2014. Photo: NPS/Karlie Roland
 
 
 

BioBlitz Kick Off!

July 12 - Saturday

BioBlitz will begin Saturday morning with a lichen walk and inventory in the town of Newhalem. In the afternoon, take part in a series of talks and discussions on snow and ice environments of the Cascade Mountains at the North Cascades Visitor Center.

Over the next month, the park will host a series of seminars and walks to help inventory North Cascades life.

Bring cameras, smartphones, or tablets to add your observations to the North Cascades BioBlitz Project site hosted by iNaturalist. Tag your photos and posts in social media with #BioBlitz14.

Schedule of Events

Lichen Walk & Survey

10:00 a.m. to Noon

Skagit Information Center

Meet Dr. Katherine Glew and a Park Ranger to survey lichens in the Newhalem area.

Cold Environments and Cold-Adapted Biota Seminar

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

North Cascades Visitor Center

Park and visiting scientists discuss life adapted to the cold climates of the North Cascades.

Changing Climates in the North Cascades Ecosystem

2:05 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Jon Riedel, North Cascades National Park Service Complex

The Biodiversity, Natural History, and Conservation of Snow-Field Insects in the North Cascades

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Sean Schoville, University of Wisconsin

Diversity and Dynamics of Snow Algae Communities

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Robin Kodner, Western Washington University

Lichens in Western Washington

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Katherine Glew

July 13 - Sunday

Kick-off weekend continues with a hike to Cascade Pass and a guest program on pika.

Bring cameras, smartphones, or tablets to add your observations to the North Cascades BioBlitz Project site hosted by iNaturalist. Tag your photos and social media posts with #BioBlitz14.

Schedule of Events

Hike to Cascade Pass 10:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon Cascade Pass The hike to the pass is 3.7 miles long with a gain of 1,700' (trail description). Bring lunch, ten essentials, a camera or smart device, and clothing appropriate to the conditions.

Inventory species: watermelon algae, pikas, ice worms, and lichens.

Registration. Please include the name of the event and the date in the "subject" line. Limit: 10.

How DNA Can Inform Biodiversity Conservation: Case of the American Pika 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. North Cascades Visitor Center An introduction to genetic diversity in pika.

Dr. Mike Russello and Matthew Waterhouse, University of British Columbia - Okanogan

 

Moths of the North Cascades

Bring your camera, smartphone, or tablet or borrow one of ours to add observations to the North Cascades BioBlitz Project site hosted by iNaturalist. Share photos and posts in social media and tag them with #BioBlitz14.

July 19 - Saturday

Schedule of Events

Moth Night Count 8:30 p.m. to late Colonial Creek Campground Amphitheater Meet biologists David Droppers and Dennis Strenge to learn about and inventory moths of the North Cascades.

July 21 - Monday

Schedule of Events

Moth Night Count 9:00 p.m. to late Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater Join biologists David Droppers and Dennis Strenge and a park ranger to learn about and inventory moths of the North Cascades.

 

Bats of the North Cascades

Bring cameras, smartphones, or tablets to add your observations to the North Cascades BioBlitz Project site hosted by iNaturalist. Tag your photos and social media posts with #BioBlitz14.

July 25 - Friday

Schedule of Events
Bats of the Night Sky 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Colonial Creek Campground Amphitheater Join North Cascades National Park mammal biologist Roger Christophersen and a park ranger to unravel the myths and mysteries of this furry friend night sky friend.

July 26 - Saturday

Schedule of Events
Bat Monitoring 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Goodell Creek Campground Assist Roger Christophersen, Rochelle Kelly (University of Washington), and a ranger with monitoring bats along Goodell Creek.

Registration. Please include the name of the event and the date in the "subject" line. Limit: 12.
 

Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts

Join Dr. Judy Harpel to learn about and identify non-vascular plants (bryophytes) during this weekend's events. Share your observations on the North Cascades iNaturalist project page and on social media. Tag and follow social media posts with #BioBlitz14.

August 2 - Saturday

Schedule of Events
Bryophyte Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Newhalem Research Station Learn the basics of moss identification and collect them with Dr. Judy Harpel.

Registration. Please include the name of the event and the date in the "subject" line. Limit: 12.

August 3 - Sunday

Schedule of Events
Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts in North Cascades National Park 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. North Cascades Visitor Center Dr. Judy Harpel is an expert on Pacific Northwest mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. She will give a talk then answer questions on non-vascular plants.
Moss Crawl 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. North Cascades Visitor Center Meet Dr. Judy Harpel at the Visitor Center patio and explore the world of mosses along the River Loop Trail.

 

Pollinators (Bees and Butterflies)

Discover the importance of pollinators in the North Cascades ecosystem in this series of programs and blitzes. Join park staff and scientists at three locations in the park during the week of August 4.

August 4 - Monday

Schedule of Events
Natural History and Conservation of Pacific Northwest Bumblebees 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. North Cascades Visitor Center Jonathan Koch (Utah State University) will present the results of research he conducted in the national parks of the Pacific Northwest during 2013.

After the presentation, Jon Koch and Craig Huntzinger will lead visitors through bee identification. Look at bees through a microscope!

August 8 - Friday

Schedule of Events
Butterflies and Bees- Cascade Pass 10:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon Cascade Pass Hike to Cascade Pass (3.7 miles with 1700' of elevation gain) and record butterflies, bees, and pikas with iNaturalist.

Full. Please include the event name and location in the "subject" line. Space limited.

August 9 - Saturday

Schedule of Events
Butterflies, Bees, and Pikas Blitz - Easy Pass 10:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon Easy Pass Hike to Easy Pass (approximately 3.5 miles with 2,800' of elevation gain) and help park scientists record butterflies, bees, and pikas with iNaturalist.

Full. Please include the event name and location in the "subject" line. Space limited.

Butterflies, Bees, and Pikas Blitz - Maple Pass 10:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon Maple Pass Park at the Rainy Pass Picnic Area on Highway 20. Hike to Maple Pass (7.2 miles round trip with 2000' of elevation gain) and help park scientists identify butterflies, bees, and pikas with iNaturalist.

Full. Please include the event name and location in the "subject" line. Space limited.


 

Ross Lake Exploration

August 5 to August 7 - Tuesday through Thursday

The park will host two-night blitzes on Ross Lake to document the diversity of life on both the wet western and dry eastern shores of Ross Lake. Bring your own camping gear and the park will transport you to your research destination via the Ross Lake Mule. If you do not have time for a two-night trip into the backcountry, consider a single-day blitz on Tuesday or Thursday.

Big Beaver Wetlands August 5 to August 7 Big Beaver Camp Set-up camp at Big Beaver before exploring the wetlands and riparian habitats of the Big Beaver Creek drainage with amphibian specialist Amanda Kissel.

Registration. Please include the event name and location in the "subject" line. Limit: 8.

Desolation and East Bank August 5 to August 7 Desolation Camp Join Dr. Jessica Rykken and Cascade Butterfly Project team leader Michelle Toshack to survey bees, butterflies, syrphid flies along the East Bank Trail or Desolation Peak Trail

Registration. Please include the event name and location in the "subject" line. Limit: 8.





 

Bees, Flies, and Lichens

August 10 - Sunday

Join Dr. Jessica Rykken and Dr. Katherine Glew for the a last day of presentations at the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem and a chance to identify insects and lichens in the wet forests of Skagit Valley.

What's All the Buzz? Bees and Syphrid Flies 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. North Cascades Visitor Center Dr. Jessica Rykken
The Amazing World of Lichens 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. North Cascades Visitor Center Dr. Katherine Glew

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