[12/5/17] Methow Conservancy Last “First Tuesday” of 2017 Features Awards, Food and Caribou
Date(s) - 12/05/2017
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Last “First Tuesday” of 2017 Features Awards, Food and Caribou
Methow Conservancy December Program & Holiday Social Open to Community
Winthrop, WA – The Methow Conservancy’s annual year-end social and “First Tuesday” program on
Tuesday, December 5th at the Winthrop Barn will feature conservation photographer and author David
Moskowitz and his new 35-minute film entitled, “Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest.”
The free event begins at 6:00pm with a year-end party, featuring appetizers and drinks, activities, and the
Methow Conservancy’s annual conservation awards. The “First Tuesday” program, “Last Stand,” with David
Moskowitz will run from 7:00-8:30pm. All are welcome, no RSVPs are necessary.
Hidden in the interior of the Pacific Northwest is the largest remaining inland temperate rainforest on earth.
This magnificent landscape is home to numerous First Nations communities, thousand year old trees and
critical habitat for endangered species like mountain caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou). Less than 15
caribou remain in the herd that crosses back and forth between the United States and Canada in the Pacific
Northwest, and herds across the southern range of this unique eco-type of caribou are disappearing quickly.
The population is estimated at less than 1500 across all of British Columbia.
In the summer of 2015 Moskowitz launched a project to understand the crumbling world of mountain caribou
in western Canada and the northwestern continental United States. As their habitat steadily worsens by a
myriad of human activities, mountain caribou are declining rapidly. Unsure of whether this project would be
documentation of the end of a distinct ecotype of an iconic species or a way to inspire people to save these
animals, David set out to learn about and capture images of these reclusive animals across the Selkirk,
Columbia and Rocky mountains in British Columbia and Alberta.
Moskowitz discovered a compelling and complicated story which is being played out in both strikingly
beautiful and deeply scarred landscapes. It is a story that defies easy answers and illuminates a complicated
web of ecological relationships, including humans. With a team of helpers, David produced, “Last Stand,” a
35-minute cinematic journey into the imperiled world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the
world’s largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the complicated 21st century conservation
challenges these and many animals face including some here in the Methow.
The film gives voice to First Nations, scientists, foresters, conservationists, and recreationists attempting to
put the Caribou Rainforest on the map before it’s too late. Learn more and watch a trailer at
LastStandFilm.org. A brief discussion and Q&A will follow the film.
David Moskowitz is the author of “Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest” and “Wolves in the Land of Salmon.” He
has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian
and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife
ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a
citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other
northwest wildlands. He is a certified wildlife tracker and tracking instructor and has taught numerous
classes for the Methow Conservancy and many other entities.
For more details, contact the Methow Conservancy at 996-2870, firstname.lastname@example.org or