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Scratch pad fever

Scratch pad fever

Posted by mmillay at Feb 08, 2013 12:35 PM |

Wildlife monitoring volunteer and former Conservation Northwest staffer Crystal Gartner is leading one of several teams out monitoring for Canada lynx in the Kettle Range and Selkirk Mountains of northeastern Washington this winter.

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Plan your flight, fly your plan

Plan your flight, fly your plan

Wolves are back in the lime light in Olympia where four wolf-related bills were brought before the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The message was clear: Don’t mess with the state’s Wolf Management and Conservation Plan, unanimously adopted in 2011.

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The wonder of wolves

The wonder of wolves

Posted by mmillay at Dec 25, 2012 11:20 PM |

Join our wolf interns as they experience the wonder of wolves in the field and what the return of wolves means to them, while appreciating wolves from Aldo Leopold's point of view with our communications intern.

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The birds and the butterflies

The birds and the butterflies

Posted by mmillay at Nov 06, 2012 10:05 AM |

Small creatures are making a big impact in Washington! The WDFW is proposing to extend Endangered Species Act protection to two rare wildlife, Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly and streaked horned lark, as well as their ever shrinking oak-woodland prairie habitat of Puget Sound.

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Moths in the lime light

Moths in the lime light

Where would we be without moths? This likely isn’t a question you ask yourself everyday, considering moths tend to remain out of the lime light and more in the lamp. This week is the first annual National Moth Week, proving that moths are valuable, as anyone who has ever read the comic The Tick knows. Without his trusty moth-costumed sidekick, Arthur, The Tick would be squashed by evil villains like, well, a bug. But moths are important allies to many other organisms. They are responsible for the pollination of many plants here in the Northwest, and are an important link in the food chain for animals, from fish, reptiles, owls, and amphibians, to mammals, like bats, black bears, and grizzly bears. It turns out that during the summer months grizzly bears can consume up to 40,000 moths per day!

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The canine connection

The canine connection

Posted by mmillay at Jul 06, 2012 03:15 PM |

There's a buzz of excitement for wolves as millions of viewers anticipate Man vs. Wolf on the Discovery Channel on July 7th, a film showcasing the wolf’s remarkable recovery in Washington’s Cascades. Jasmine Minbashian, Conservation Northwest staffer and one of three main stars in the new documentary, was pregnant with her daughter Hana at the time of filming. It was her love for all creatures canine that took Jasmine into the Cascade Mountains in search of wolves, when most pregnant mothers would curl up deeper under the covers! When asked to be in the film, her passion for wolves won out. “It’s clear to me that there is a powerful and long history between humans and wolves,” Jasmine said of the feedback she has received since the earlier BBC showing of the film in Europe and the UK. “Some people love wolves and others fear them. But most of the feedback I have received have been very positive.”

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