The North Cascades is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Animals with fins, fur, feathers and scales are all at home in this dramatic and beautiful environment. Elusive mammals like the gray wolf, fisher and wolverine wander the wilderness in small numbers, while more adaptable Columbia black-tailed deer, Douglas squirrels and pikas delight park visitors in abundance.
Fish and amphibians lurk in the clear mountain lakes and streams. The rich forests, rocky slopes and clean waters teem with invertebrate life, such as butterflies, dragonflies, stoneflies and mayflies.
North Cascades is home to approximately 75 mammal species in 20 families; around 21 species of reptiles and amphibians representing at least four orders; at least 28 species of fish; and recent surveys have documented over 500 types of land insects and approximately 250 aquatic invertebrate species.
Thanks to its diversity of habitats, the Methow Valley is home to deer, coyotes, wolves, bear, cougar, lynx, bobcat, moose, eagles, heron, hawks, falcons, salmon, songbirds. Sign up for a nature study or conduct your own. There are a myriad of other small mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and butterflies — not to mention carpets of wildflowers and ribbons of aspen. It is no wonder that so many people are moved by the natural beauty of the region. Will you be motivated to learn more about it?
Whether you stumble upon the North Cascades during a solo hike, or seek it out in a weekend workshop, the Methow will delight you with subtle discoveries and vivid memories.
We believe the more people know about and find joy in the natural wonders of the Methow Valley, the more they will want to work with us to protect them. We inspire people of all ages to learn about the Valley’s varied landscapes so that they will want to make a difference on the ground.
Through educational classes, social gatherings, and a wide array of volunteer opportunities, we not only meet people interested in conservation, but we also help to reinforce a community ethic of caring for the land.-Methow Conservancy