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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 has lead the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project (CWMP), organizing citizen-scientist volunteers to monitor and document wildlife using remote cameras where state and federal agencies don’t have the resources to go, from the Washington Cascades to the Kettle Crest to southern British Columbia.

Confirming the presence of rare carnivores and other animals informs land management decisions upon which our wildlife depend. It also helps guide our conservation programs and priorities, and those of state and federal agencies 

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.
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Please note 'Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project' in the comments. Or call Julia at 800.87.9950  x 110 to make a gift by phone. Send an email to julia (at) conservationnw.org with questions. Questions about our wildlife monitoring project? Please contact Project Coordinator Aleah Jaeger at aleah (at) conservationnw.org.

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 and southern British Columbia for the presence of rare and recovering wildlife, including lynx, wolverine, grizzly bears and wolves. Our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project gets people out into the field to help us better understand wildlife movement and animal presence in Washington and neighboring habitats. Winter 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 focused on the Snoqualmie Pass area and the Central Cascades.

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.  From 2012 to 2015, we documented the recovery of wolverines in the Cascades south of Highway 2 in the Chiwaukum mountains near Leavenworth, where we continue to work under the guidance of researchers today. We've also documented lynx in southern British Columbia, and our volunteers and camera stations are still searching for rare and elusive grizzly bears in the North Cascades.

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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