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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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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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Sunshine on the Board

Sunshine on the Board

Posted by Jodi Broughton at Jun 21, 2012 10:17 AM |

On this sunny, second day of summer, we invite you to meet two of our talented and dedicated board of directors, Steve Sundquist and Michel Girard. Steve: “I'm analytical, good at partnering, and have a bias toward action . . . all things that serve a non-profit well.” Michel: “I can walk up to a complete stranger, make them feel comfortable - and then ask for money.” Here's to you!

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2-to-1 for wolves in Spokane

2-to-1 for wolves in Spokane

The Fish and Wildlife Commission was likely surprised by wolf supporters turning out almost 2 to 1 in favor of the state's wolf Conservation and Management Plan in Spokane last week. But it shouldn’t be a surprise because the plan strikes the right balance of science-based conservation and pro-active management. Eastern Washington Pastor Barrett Lindsey praised the diligent work of the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife in drafting the plan and reminded the Commission that “dominion” means stewardship, not domination, and that wolves are an important part of God’s creation. You can take action by Nov 18 to ensure a healthy future for Washington's wolves!

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National wilderness month in the Highlands

National wilderness month in the Highlands

The gems of roadless beauty and wildlife habitat that are found in the Columbia Highlands are a sight to behold, and I invite you to join me in taking action for their protection during National Wilderness Month!

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Keep those doggies rollin'

Keep those doggies rollin'

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jun 06, 2011 02:35 PM |

Last Thursday I rode in a cattle drive - something I haven’t done since I was a 17-year-old hired hand on a beef ranch near Cheyenne, WY. It was a beautiful day at the Gotham Ranch and great fun. Managing a 600-lb mammal in the act of managing a herd of 1,000-lb mammals involves more finesse than you might think from watching cowboy movies. And an ecology-minded Western might tell you another thing: Working ranches are important for agriculture, open space, wildlife habitat and connectivity - and wilderness.

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A happy Sssssaint Patrick'sssss Day from Washington's snakes

A happy Sssssaint Patrick'sssss Day from Washington's snakes

Posted by icoleman at Mar 17, 2011 02:25 PM |
Filed under: wildlife

Here's to the middle of March, when sales of Guinness start to spike, and the color green fills houses, schools, and stores as St. Patrick's Day and spring rolls around again. St. Patrick, aside from bringing Christianity to the Irish people, is renowned for banishing snakes from the entire island. That part of the story is myth, and Ireland had no snakes to banish. Here in Washington, we do have snakes, from rattlers to rubber boas, in our wildlands - and certainly none worth banishing.

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From pancakes to phase 2 for I-90 wildlife

From pancakes to phase 2 for I-90 wildlife

Posted by Jen Watkins at Mar 15, 2011 08:05 AM |
Filed under: wildlife I-90

This weekend, friends of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition attended legislative town hall meetings to tell representatives in person how important wildlife connectivity and the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project is to them. The House and Senate Transportation Committee budgets are expected out in the next few days, and supporters took this next-chance opportunity to make a big difference for Cascade's wildlife, from elk to bears. You can too...

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WA Wolf Bills ‘Spectacular In Their Awfulness’

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Jan 20, 2011 04:35 PM |

Today NW Sportsman had a blog entry about the three extreme wolf bills introduced into the state legislature, with a lot of quotes from Conservation Northwest on our take on these bills. Its a good read, so check it out.

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Thirteenmile - wildlife superhighway

Thirteenmile - wildlife superhighway

Posted by atheisen at Jan 11, 2011 10:55 PM |

2010 was a year of wildlife bridges, both physical and metaphorical, for Conservation Northwest, from the Wild Links connectivity conference to wildlife crossings for I-90. Yet we need look no farther than northeastern Washington to see a veritable wildlife superhighway in the Thirteenmile Roadless Area in the Columbia Highlands. It's a vital link in the migratory chain for creatures great and small moving between the Cascades and Rockies...

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