WNPS Study Weekend 2017
STUDY WEEKEND 2017 - sponsored by the Northeast Chapter
"From Sagebrush to Subalpine:
Exploring the Diversity of Eastern Washington Landforms & Flora"
Date: May 19-21, 2017
Base: Eastern WA University (EWU)
Eastside wetland & conifers
PHOTO: Suzanne Schwab
The Northeast Chapter is looking forward to showing off the east's diverse botanical and geological landscape to WNPS members from around the state. Much of our region has been shaped by massive prehistoric floods that occurred as glacial ice dams repeatedly formed lakes covering as much as 3,000 square miles. These dams then broke apart sending as much as 600 cubic miles of water blasting through what is now northern Idaho and eastern and central Washington before finding its way through the Columbia River drainage to the Pacific. The floods left behind a terrain stripped bare of topsoil, exposing the underlying basalt bedrock, interspersed with dramatic basalt cliffs and outcrops, and vibrant wetlands and lakes that serve as major resting points for migratory waterfowl and host a variety of resident wildlife. To the north, the westernmost extent of the Rocky Mountains rise a few thousand feet above the basalt floodplain, and to the south are the rolling hills of fertile loess that escaped the flood water’s path and formed the Palouse Prairie.
Each of these unique landscape is within a few minutes to an hour’s drive from the Eastern Washington University (EWU) campus, which will serve as the home base for our weekend.
Eastern Canyon land
PHOTO: Mickie Chamness
The event begins Friday evening on the EWU campus, and participants will be able to grab a quick dinner at the campus dining hall or in one of several restaurants within a mile of campus, with a reception in the Hargreaves Hall on the EWU campus. Followed by speaker Kurt Merg of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, sharing work on restoring habitats that have been impacted by over a century of agricultural and urban development. Lodging is on your own., with suggested locations.
See the following pages for supporting information:
- Evening Speakers
- Field trips and Activities
- Lodging Resources
- Botanical Highlights and Opportunities to Explore
- Location - EWU getting there
- Online Registration - Register by April 30th, 2017
Schedule of Events:
Friday, May 19
2:00 – 6:30 PM - Registration – Hargreaves Hall, EWU Campus
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Reception with light refreshments – Hargreaves Hall, EWU Campus
7:15 – 8:30 PM - Speaker Kurt Merg: WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration
Projects - Hargreaves Hall
Saturday, May 20
7:30 – 9:00 AM – Departure for field trips from lot P-15, EWU Campus; Pre-Ordered Lunch pick up 1:00 - 5:00 PM – Room 246 in Science Building on EWU Campus open for keying of plants,
dissecting microscopes available
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Reception with light refreshments - Hargreaves Hall
6:15 – 7:15 PM – Dinner Banquet – Hargreaves Hall
7:30 – 8:30 PM – Keynote address: Geologic and Human History of the Spokane River and
Channeled Scablands by Jack Nisbet and Gene Kiver
Sunday, May 21
7:30 – 9:00 AM – Departure for field trips from lot P-15, EWU Campus
Pick up pre-ordered box lunches here.
The Event Concludes at the end of Sunday Field Trips.
Hargreaves Hall; EWU
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