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First tracks of I-90 success this season

First tracks of I-90 success this season

Posted by Jen Watkins at Jan 07, 2014 12:00 AM |

We sent our citizen science volunteers out to track under I-90's newest wildlife underpasses, and they brought back just what we were looking for!

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Volunteers restore Gold Creek Pond for wildlife

Volunteers restore Gold Creek Pond for wildlife

Yesterday with the help of two volunteers, we put the last plants in the ground to complete a huge restoration project at Gold Creek!

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Plots in and plants on the way

Plots in and plants on the way

Two wildlife underpasses are nearly complete just east of Snoqualmie Pass on I-90. And what better way to entice wildlife to use the underpasses but by restoring native plants! This fall, Conservation Northwest is sponsoring two Saturday work parties, September 29 and October 13, working with the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests to restore habitat at the Gold Creek underpasses beneath I-90. We plan to plant over 5,000 native plants and seeds around Gold Creek pond. For that we need your help...We need you! Contact Jen Watkins to sign up now!

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Taneum creek camera check

Taneum creek camera check

Just up FR 3300 along Taneum Creek in Washington's Central Cascades, volunteers and I spent the day checking two remote cameras installed to monitor wildlife. It's our first year monitoring wildlife here, on Plum Creek timber lands targeted for conservation. With Plum Creek's permission, our cameras are beginning to put a wildlife face to this tremendous and diverse landscape. The hot field day ends with a cool bonus, dipping our toes in Taneum Creek!

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It's a girl! Meet wolverine Peg

It's a girl! Meet wolverine Peg

Posted by Jen Watkins at Jun 27, 2012 05:34 PM |

On April 1 this year (no fooling) our remote cameras captured images of a wolverine outside of Leavenworth. This evidence of wolverine presence south of Highway 2 is meaningful - and exciting! - on its own. But now we know more. Newest of our remote camera captures, Cascades wolverine Peg is descendent of no wolverine yet recorded. Conservation Northwest's Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program has discovered a unique wolverine in the Cascades! Monitoring volunteer for the camera station, Jim Clark, was granted naming rights, and Jim chose to name her Peg, after Peg Stark who helped to establish and run the Scottish High Camp.

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Wolverine's Teanaway glissade

Wolverine's Teanaway glissade

Backcountry skiers enjoy many things we desk-bound folks do not, including a wolverine on snow! This weekend, while Randy Busch and his friends were skiing near the headwaters of the North Fork Teanaway River on the eastern flanks of Fortune Creek they observed a wolverine in action. "I watched as it glissaded on his back (while also doing cartwheels) down from a ridge maybe 200' vertical feet then kept going by me out of sight where my two friends were ascending. Upon almost running into them, he shot back up the hill within 30' of me then took off in the opposite direction which is when I finally took a picture."

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Western governors connect for I-90 wildlife

Western governors connect for I-90 wildlife

Posted by Jen Watkins at Jun 11, 2012 06:40 PM |

At Suncadia in Washington's Cascades, Gov. Gregoire hosted other governors at this year's Western Governors Association meeting. The party launched the "Get Out West Initiative," encouraging people to enjoy the great outdoor experiences that Western states have to offer. The day to follow included a field tour of the I-90 wildlife corridor, as well as an awards ceremony for winning visions from elementary students for wildlife bridges in Washington!

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I-90 wins in tough legislative session

I-90 wins in tough legislative session

Posted by Jen Watkins at Mar 29, 2012 03:35 PM |

In the flurry of legislative bills that Governor Gregoire is signing from the ongoing legislative session, a victory for wildlife was included - funding for the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project.

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Candid critters, 2011.

Candid critters, 2011.

Posted by Jen Watkins at Dec 26, 2011 06:53 PM |

As I prepared to leave the office for a short holiday break, I found myself delayed as I sorted through thousands of photos of the amazing critters that walk our state's lands and what they are up to when no one is looking. [VIDEO]

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Connections through collaboration in the other Washington

Connections through collaboration in the other Washington

Posted by Jen Watkins at Sep 23, 2011 05:39 PM |
Filed under: connectivity

"Today's meeting with the Administration was an opportunity for us to showcase the advances that can be made using the science-based collaborative approaches to landscape conservation and connectivity that we've been championing for years. Conservation Northwest's work to connect the Cascades to the Rockies, using an "All Lands, All Hands" approach is a model for other regions to emulate, and we'll continue to push the Administration to find ways to support this important work,"

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