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Hike the missing links!

Hike the missing links!

Posted by Erin Moore at May 09, 2013 05:15 PM |

Visiting the new Lake Whatcom forest park caught me off guard. I couldn't help being reduced to simple exclamations. “Cool! How amazingly cool.”

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Living on a round planet

Living on a round planet

Posted by Erin Moore at Apr 23, 2013 11:50 AM |
Filed under: Interview Internships

After almost a year with Conservation Northwest, communications intern Mallory Millay is moving on. Her work was stellar and we wish her well. Are you looking for an internship for a great cause? Mallory says, “Give it a try! This is probably one of the world’s best work environments because people are friendly and helpful. I thought I’d be locked in an office looking for spelling errors all day, but it didn’t turn out like that at all. I’ve gotten to meet so many interesting people (hello, Chris Morgan!) and so many things about wildlife and land conservation in Washington state, it’s truly amazing. “Being a intern opens doors to being in the know about so many things relating to conservation, wildlife, and even local, state, and national laws, you never miss out on anything!”

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Wild Links, wolverines, and X-Men

Wild Links, wolverines, and X-Men

Posted by Erin Moore at Dec 16, 2012 06:15 PM |

Wild Links. It sounds like a crazy miniature golf course or a small forest cat letting down its hair. And while the resemblance to golf isn't far off (a lot of "networking" goes on at the annual wildlife connectivity conference) and lynx do in a sense let down their "snowshoe hares," Wild Links is so much more. The people there are the X-Men (and X-Women) forging a future for wildlife.

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Man vs. Wolf special

Man vs. Wolf special

Posted by Erin Moore at Jul 02, 2012 05:05 PM |

Northwest wolves - and an expedition crew - star in a Discovery Channel special airing 8 pm, Sat July 7. Conservation Northwest’s Jasmine Minbashian is one of the new documentary's three central characters during an 8-week-long wintertime expedition to uncover the fate of Washington's wolves. "The film follows an expedition team that sets out into the Cascades to document what’s happening with the Lookout Pack," she says, "the first wolf pack to return to the Cascades in 70 years." Certainly, there's a lot more "us" than "vs" in this enthralling new wolf documentary.

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It's after Earth Day, and the Act still works

It's after Earth Day, and the Act still works

Posted by Erin Moore at Apr 24, 2011 11:25 PM |

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time 41 years ago, when an estimated 20 million Americans rallied for the Earth, partly due to witnessing the ravages of the massive 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill--third largest in US history after Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Spill that also hit the one year mark this year. In 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed by a Congress and the American people, who recognized that we were driving species to extinction by our rampant use of DDT, our belching smokestacks, our lakes on fire, and our massive oil spills.

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Tuning in for owls & woodpeckers

Tuning in for owls & woodpeckers

Posted by Erin Moore at Mar 16, 2011 02:59 PM |

There's a lot going on that's sad in the world, all the more reason to immerse yourself for a day in the fascinating lives of birds. It's a reminder of a wild world worth fighting for. Sat, Mar 19, is opening day of a traveling photo exhibit at the Burke Museum, rated #1 on Seattle Magazine's MUST LIST of things to do for March. Also, listen in at 9 am, Thurs, Mar 17, to Paul on Steve Scher's Weekday, KUOW 94.9 FM...

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The Wolverine Way

The Wolverine Way

Posted by Erin Moore at Jan 18, 2011 05:45 PM |
Filed under: wolverine North Cascades

A quick review of a fascinating new book on wolverines. Biologist and journalist Doug Chadwick tells the story of an animal marvelously designed for hunting in winter, posing the question: How will this courageous and intriguing "southern polar bear" survive climate change and melting snow packs?

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The wisdom of flying squirrels

The wisdom of flying squirrels

Posted by Erin Moore at Jan 03, 2011 04:15 PM |

We've always know that the northwest's favorite gliding mammal is dependent on underground mushrooms. Now, it turns out that flying squirrels have much to teach us when looking at ecological restoration of degraded forests.

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Nature's geoengineers give a dam about climate change

Nature's geoengineers give a dam about climate change

Posted by Erin Moore at Jun 14, 2010 05:20 PM |
Filed under: climate change watersheds

Recently we hear a lot about the marvels of geoengineering that may or may not reduce climate change effects. Seriously SciFi stuff comes out of our very large brains. Is there there an engineer already out there that can make a difference? I'd like to introduce you nature's coolest engineers...the kind with no pocket protectors.

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Goldilocks and adaptation

Goldilocks and adaptation

Posted by Erin Moore at Jun 08, 2010 12:45 AM |
Filed under: climate change

Given a rapidly changing climate, we, like Goldilocks, face three options:

  • Mitigate the changes, geoengineer the planet to reduce the warming
  • Minimize climate change, stop the rise of CO2 and bring our planet back to 350 ppm
  • Prepare the planet, help ecosystems and wildlife adapt to global warming

Unlike Goldilocks, we don't have to choose just one.

Conservation Northwest's main choice is providing means for wildlife, communities, and ecosystems to adapt to a changing climate by safeguarding healthy forests and connecting wild areas.

Climatologist Lara Hansen, featured in our last newsletter on climate change, left  the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year to form Ecoadapt and now focuses her work on adaptation: Helping people find solutions that allow ecosystems and wildlife to adapt to a changing climate.

In Lara's most recent blog on adaptation (otherwise described as climate preparedness, resilience-building, resistance-building, climate-aware planning, climate smartification, and climate savviness), she challenges the false choice of "paper or plastic":

"We are happy to report that just as there are other bag options (Bring your own! Re-use old bags! Stuff your purchases in your pockets!), all is not lost when it comes to climate change. There are productive ways to move forward, and you don’t have to be a wealthy or a super-genius to figure them out. Allow us to introduce a field broadly called 'adaptation'.... "

What else can we do, but keep working for wildlife? That, oh, and, go take a walk!

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