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Adopt a monitoring team

Love seeing photos of Washington’s wildlife? Did you know 60 field volunteers head into the wild to capture these photos, helping protect animals such as grizzly bears, wolves, fisher, lynx, and wolverine? You can support their vital efforts today.

2012_Volunteer_CCWMPSponsor field volunteers monitoring wildlife

For more than a decade, Conservation Northwest's remote cameras have been recording the captivating wildlife of our region. Currently, our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program utilizes the power of over 100 volunteers annually to monitor wildlife in the Cascade Mountains and Kettle River Range through snowtracking and the use of remote cameras.

The results not only record rare wildlife, including Washington's returning wolves, but also document connectivity for all wildlife in key habitats like across I-90 in the Cascades and the Columbia Highlands. This season we have 27 teams hitting the field, while we will maintain capacity in our office to respond to credible sightings and emerging needs during the season. 

Find more about the project below, or visit the project page.

You can keep this important work going by sponsoring a Citizen Monitoring Team today.

Please note 'Citizen Wildlife Monitoring' in the comments. Or call Julia at 800.878.9950null800.878.9950 x 110 to make a gift by phone.

Sponsorship levels

Volunteers donate extensive time and personal backcountry gear. Your donation helps cover their training, field mileage, and equipment such as motion triggered remote cameras and specialized supplies.

$150. Sponsor one volunteer team member

Sponsor the training, field support, and travel of an individual volunteer during our monitoring season.  We'll let you know who you are sponsoring for the season and where they will be working to document wildlife. You'll receive end of season photos and a final report that shows how your sponsorship helped.  Plus, enjoy Conservation Northwest wolf and grizzly bear stickers and our special coffee mug featuring a fun remote camera image.

$275. Sponsor a "responder" remote camera team
Wildlife are always on the move, and our program remains committed to maintaining a set of equipment and trained volunteers willing to respond to credible sightings and emergent needs from the field year-round.  It was a responder team that documented the return of wolves in 2008 as area residents reported sightings that warranted follow-up.  We'll let you know who and what your funds allow us to respond to during the monitoring season in addition to all of the above benefits.

$500. Sponsor a remote camera team and field site
Sponsor the training, volunteers, and equipment behind an individual remote camera station for a season.  Upon sponsorship you'll receive a description of the purpose and location of your site as well as the benefits above at the $150 level, and a framed photo of wildlife at your station upon season completion.

I sponsored a team because I can no longer get out in the backcountry, so I gave myself a birthday gift that I really valued. My daughter loved the outdoors, and I chose to sponsor a second team as a living memorial of her life, which was tragically cut short at the age of 22. She would have appreciated this program as much as I do. - Barbara Hawkins

More on the project

Since 2001, Conservation Northwest has monitored wild areas in Washington for the presence of rarely-seen animals of the Northwest, including lynx, wolverine, and wolves. Our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program gets people out into the field to help us better understand wildlife movement and animal presence in Washington and neighboring habitats. Spring through fall, we place motion-triggered remote cameras in wild locations to capture photos and document wildlife presence. In winter, we find and follow animal tracks to document travel patterns in combination with a smaller more strategic camera program.

To date, we've documented rare carnivores in the roadless forests of the North Cascades, Kettle River Range, Olympics, and Selkirk Mountains, all the while coordinating with state and federal agency biologists. In 2008, our volunteer-operated cameras documented the first wild wolf pups born in Washington, bringing to light the natural return of wolves to Washington for the first time in over 70 years.  In 2012, we documented the recovery of wolverines in the Cascades south of Highway 2 in the Chiwaukum mountains, where we continue to work under the guidance of researchers today.

See some of our best remote camera captures on flickr, and access all of our season's reports on our program page.

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