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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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A holiday gift for Whatcom County

A holiday gift for Whatcom County

You can't even hike in the municipal watersheds of Seattle or Portland, much less conduct commercial logging on steep slopes. But around Lake Whatcom, people reside, drive cars and jet skis, and even clear cut steep slopes on public land. We can help ameliorate our declining water quality with a forest preserve.

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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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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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Making it wilder

Making it wilder

Posted by jbroughton at Oct 21, 2010 09:35 AM |

"Why Conservation Northwest?" reason #3: We not only keep the Northwest wild, we make it wilder! Jodi remembers her awesome experience releasing one of the pacific fishers back into the Olympics! Watch the fisher run across the screen to a new life in the wild!

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A chance for the future of ranches

A chance for the future of ranches

Posted by Mitch Friedman at May 19, 2010 08:00 AM |

The choices for ranchers that need to put their long-held lands on the market are slim in an era of subdivision development pressures, yet there are sometimes options that preserve habitat while providing a home to a new family. Conservation buyers can find a place they love, and ranchers can keep the lands they have cared for intact, and wildlife and the ecosystems we all need win in the end.

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Can protection of wolverines help Stevens Pass?

Can protection of wolverines help Stevens Pass?

Posted by Jen Watkins at May 03, 2010 05:06 PM |

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating a status review of the wolverine to determine whether this shy but mighty carnivore warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). New research points to the dependence of wolverines on persistent spring snowpack at specific elevations. Is this enough to ensure that new development planned for Stevens Pass gets a thorough analysis and public comment?

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TIGER for lions and bears (and elk), oh my!

TIGER for lions and bears (and elk), oh my!

Posted by bchristensen at Apr 23, 2010 12:45 PM |
Filed under: I-90 habitat

More evidence that Conservation Northwest employees must really love their work, and a huge chance for the state of Washington to score a win for wildlife in the I-90 corridor. Plus, really cool videos!

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Friends of the wolves

Friends of the wolves

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 16, 2010 02:20 AM |
Filed under: wolf habitat

Last week Crosscut.com asked if wolves can find enough friends outside of urban populations to bring strong, science-based protections to Washington's recovering wolves. As a numbers nerd, I thought I could maybe give an idea of who out there is ready for more balanced ecosystems.

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Holy melting glaciers, Batman!

Holy melting glaciers, Batman!

Ecologists have insisted for decades that our parks and protected areas are too small and disconnected to satisfy long-term conservation needs – way before Al Gore took to the stump with his Graphs of Disaster. Is the tide finally turning for the fate of wildlife in the face of global warming? Some new plans from the powers that be may just mean yes.

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