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Conservation adventures, worldwide

Conservation adventures, worldwide

Posted by Hannah Field at Aug 22, 2013 08:24 PM |

Meet Hannah, our newest wolf program intern, and the critters she's seen across the world!

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Happy hiking, northeast Washington!

Happy hiking, northeast Washington!

Posted by Katie Carroll at Aug 16, 2013 02:20 PM |

To celebrate the release of our new northeast Washington hiking guide we have pulled out a few fun hikes to try before summer is over.

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Talking climate adaptation

Talking climate adaptation

Posted by kmcgurn at Aug 06, 2013 04:35 PM |

“Climate Adaption” A phrase you’ve perhaps heard tossed around by the most wonky of your friends. But what does it really mean?

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Celebrate summer, Conservation Northwest style!

Celebrate summer, Conservation Northwest style!

Posted by Katie Carroll at Jul 24, 2013 12:14 AM |

Summer has finally hit the Northwest full-force. Celebrate with these hikes at Blanchard Mountain and Lake Whatcom Forest Park Preserve which were protected with your help.

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Accountability for ATVs

Accountability for ATVs

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jul 03, 2013 04:15 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

Today we took a step closer to ending the epidemic of illegal and harmful use of off-road vehicles. Unethical ATV riders have created thousands of illegal and damaging trail miles on Washington state lands and cost ranchers and tree farmers millions in property damage. They can be a noisy disruption in a quiet backcountry for those who hike or hunt. HB 1632 will reduce abuse while expanding legitimate ATV recreation opportunities. Washington.

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Finding the middle way

Finding the middle way

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jun 28, 2013 06:35 PM |

Today, Olympia finally passed an operating budget to avert a government shutdown in the nick of time. The legislature remains in session to deal with transportation and capital budget issues, including important habitat acquisition funds. The budget includes over a million dollars to identify and promote non-lethal methods to reduce conflicts between livestock and predators like wolves. This happened because legislators from both sides of the state came together around a solution that Conservation Northwest modeled and promoted.

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Keeping an eye on the woods

Keeping an eye on the woods

Posted by bchristensen at Jun 14, 2013 04:40 PM |

Here at Conservation Northwest, we actually have quite a few "eyes in the woods." A good chunk of them have metal irises with automated shutters. No, not robots.

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Range riders bring results

Range riders bring results

We left you hanging in the fall 2012 newsletter: “The real proof of whether our pilot range rider program can help ranchers in Washington won’t be known until the cows came home later this fall.” Well, they've returned home, and on a positive note. During last year's grazing season, we partnered with the Washington Department of Fish Wildlife to fund a range rider - the first in Washington - at the Dawson Ranch in northeast Washington. Range riding is an effective on-the-ground conflict avoidance solution for wolves and people.

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Grizzly bear power of story

Grizzly bear power of story

It's a great story of the resourceful grizzly bear that ambled into the Garibaldi-Pitt area - the kind of tale that can help people understand what wildlife like grizzly bears are up against and how they often manage to figure it out. Someone, too, had a keen sense of irony naming this female grizzly bear “Power” since run-of-river power projects are one of the main threats to her habitat. But grizzly bears in southwest BC definitely need help in the form of a recovery plan that safeguards their habitat and helps prevent human conflict. Power’s story could have easily been a short one.

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Middle school science for wildlife

Middle school science for wildlife

I am Kara, a student at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Last year, Mrs. Schmer selected her eighth period science class to install a guzzler (watering hole) in order to provide wildlife species with more water resources. This class later built bird boxes in order to provide cover for a variety of bird species. A pair of kestrels indeed found this as a source of cover. Kestrels actually do not build their own nests they usually find rock crevices or other natural formations to nest in, so bird boxes are a wonderful opportunity for kestrels. As we have worked on these projects we have noticed that the wildlife species we see on camera at our guzzlers and in our bird box all look healthy. You see full muscles, which shows that the individual animal is not starving and consuming regular amounts of water, this in itself shows we are making a difference in their habitat.

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