Sinlahekin to discuss reptiles, geology

— The Sinlahekin Wildlife Area will host its fourth summer educational program Aug. 23-24 at the area’s headquarters, about 5.5 miles south of town on Sinlahekin Road.

Discussions for the weekend include:

Wildfire history and prescribed burn management - 9 a.m. to noon; led by Okanogan Lands Operations and Prescribed Burn Program Manager Dale Swedberg, Fire Manager Tom Leuschen and retired Forest Service manager and researcher Richard Schelhaas. A car pool trip will be included.

Sinlahekin geology - 10 a.m. to noon; led by geologists Don Hruska and Gary Mundinger.

Glacial geologist and climate change in the Okanogan - 10 a.m. to noon; led by Western Washington University geologist Don Easterbrook. May be followed by a short field trip.

Snakes and other reptiles/amphibians of the Sinlahekin - 1-3 p.m.; led by District Wildlife Biologist Scott Fitkin. Includes close-up views and handling of snakes.

Geologic history of the Okanogan/Similkameen region - 1-4 p.m.; led by North Seattle Community College geology instructor and textbook author John Figge. A car pool field trip is planned.

Sunday’s events will be the same, except the snake program will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

The next event in the series will be Sept. 7-8.


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