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Connecting for critters-October 19th

Posted by Mary Shoup, communication intern at Oct 03, 2013 06:04 PM |

When you care about restoring the full suite of wildlife that belongs in the Northwest, you also care about something called "habitat connectivity."

Connecting for critters-October 19th

Volunteers make connections by restoring lands that link big wild areas, like new wildlife underpasses on I-90.

I-90 at Gold Creek work party
October 19th
Gold Creek Pond, I-90 exit 54
RSVP to jen (a) conservationnw.org
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When you care about restoring the full suite of wildlife that belongs in the Northwest, you also care about something called "habitat connectivity." Having a lot of wilderness set aside for animals doesn’t do them a lot of good if they don’t have any way to travel between the protected places, for food, breeding, establishing new territory. This is a major concern for animals that have large ranges or live in solitude except to breed.

And then it’s not enough to simply link the swaths of wilderness with pathway lands protected for wildlife. Many of those pathways need to be monitored and maintained or restored to ensure that the habitat is suitable for the wildlife that will travel there.

Case in point: I-90, where it is being rebuilt through the Cascades near Snoqualmie Pass, will now feature wildlife underpasses. These help animals get from one wild area to another safely under the highway. The more natural we can make the habitat approaching and within the underpasses, the more likely our native critters will use them.

That’s where you come in!  Multiple times a year for the last several years, a work party has hit the Gold Creek area to pull out invasive plants and seed the area with natives, in addition to mulching the growing natives. The next work party will be October 19th and it will focus on anther round of planting natives before winter settles in.

So pack a lunch, grab your friends, and come help out in this important conservation work before the cold hits!

Details on the calendar
Please RSVP to jen (a) conservationnw.org



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