Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
Audubon-MacKenzie River Adventure
Tom and Renee Cottrell will present this months Audubon program. On June 21, the Cottrells left for a 6 week trip, alone, down the MacKenzie river in the Northwest Territory
of northern Canada. It was a trip of extremes: the Mackenzie begins at the western edge of Great Slave Lake (the deepest lake in North America). After more than a thousand miles,
the Mackenzie flows into the Artic ocean through a a huge delta where some 215 bird species have been identified. Beginning on the southwest shore of Great Slave lake, they
traveled north down the river, which is the 2nd longest in North America, and the 13th longest in the world (for comparison, the Columbia is the 51st longest river).
The weather was extreme also, during one 39 hour period the rain never stopped and the winds gusted over 40 mph. The river flows almost entirely through wilderness, with
the few towns and villages receiving there supplies mostly by a river barge that travels on an intermittent basis. Many animals were encountered, Caribou and bears, beaver and lynx,
along with vast numbers of birds.
Their presentation will describe their trip, the logistics and difficulties, as well as the beauty of the land and the river. Their trip ended when they paddled into Inuvik at 1:30 A.M.
with the sun dipping to its lowest point for the day.
Renee is a 4th grade teacher at Mount Stuart Elementary, Tom is employed at CWU as a plant ecologist and is currently the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. This
program will be presented Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 P.M., at the Hal Holmes Center of the Ellensburg Public Library. The program is sponsored by Kittitas Audubon,and the Ellensburg
Public Library. A brief business meeting will precede the program. Please join us to enjoy this great adventure.