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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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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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Caribou win winter freedom

Caribou win winter freedom

Posted by Erin Moore at Feb 25, 2010 10:50 AM |
Filed under: endangered species

Like oil and water, snowmobiles and endangered mountain caribou don't mix. Kudos to the B.C. government for solidifying administrative rules under the mountain caribou recovery plan, freeing caribou from snowmobile traffic in their best winter habitat.

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Caribou death by 1000 cuts?

Caribou death by 1000 cuts?

Posted by Erin Moore at Feb 22, 2010 02:10 PM |
Filed under: endangered species

If we have our way, it won't be death by a thousand cuts for endangered mountain caribou. B.C.'s recent decision to relax regulations on mining exploration in mountain caribou habitat makes for easy gray for mining company execs, but a lichen-free diet for caribou. It's time for B.C. and the mining industry to eliminate double standards and ensure that the industry is accountable to all British Columbians, and caribou.

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Northwest wildlife hits hottest list

Northwest wildlife hits hottest list

Posted by Erin Moore at Dec 04, 2009 10:35 AM |

We all want to be on the "A List," unless that list puts you in the running for the wildlife most negatively affected by climate change. A report from the Endangered Species Coalition puts some of our favorite wildlife in the hot seat.

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Does south Puget Sound prairie outweigh drive time?

Does south Puget Sound prairie outweigh drive time?

Does it make sense to build a highway through what's left of Washington's remaining native oak woodland prairie, prime habitat for 19 plants and animals facing extinction, including streaked horned lark, water howellia, Mazama pocket gopher, and Taylor's checkerspot butterfly? Does it make any more sense when you add in that the highway won't do much for drive times or carbon emissions as our state is supposed to be making major changes to address climate change?

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