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Do wolverines need a passport?

Posted by bchristensen at Apr 03, 2010 09:30 PM |
Filed under: wolverine What's Hot

Three wolverines in WA were on the move this winter, and apparently, they are international travelers. A collaborative research effort that reached across the border to BC placed collars on three wolverines to better understand how these wily predators travel throughout our region. The results were surprising, and we have maps. Everyone likes maps.

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Learning more about lynx

Learning more about lynx

Posted by Joe Scott at Mar 29, 2010 10:10 AM |

For someone with a juvenile sense of humor like myself, there is always some amusement to be found in most situations. And after two days and 120 clicks on snow machines in the Loomis forest, I was starting to think the highlight would be Department of Natural Resources biologist Scott Fisher’s rear end sticking out of a chicken wire trap meant for a 20-lb lynx.

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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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Good morning, fisher

Good morning, fisher

Posted by alawson at Mar 04, 2010 12:55 AM |
Filed under: fisher

There are few things in life that will get me out of bed at five in the morning, especially on weekends. I love mornings, but I love lazy mornings even more, habitually slapping the snooze button and curling back up into the warmth of my bed no matter what day it happens to be. But a couple of Saturdays ago, things were a little different.

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Caribou win winter freedom

Caribou win winter freedom

Posted by emoore at Feb 25, 2010 10:50 AM |
Filed under: endangered species

Like oil and water, snowmobiles and endangered mountain caribou don't mix. Kudos to the B.C. government for solidifying administrative rules under the mountain caribou recovery plan, freeing caribou from snowmobile traffic in their best winter habitat.

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Caribou death by 1000 cuts?

Caribou death by 1000 cuts?

Posted by emoore at Feb 22, 2010 02:10 PM |
Filed under: endangered species

If we have our way, it won't be death by a thousand cuts for endangered mountain caribou. B.C.'s recent decision to relax regulations on mining exploration in mountain caribou habitat makes for easy gray for mining company execs, but a lichen-free diet for caribou. It's time for B.C. and the mining industry to eliminate double standards and ensure that the industry is accountable to all British Columbians, and caribou.

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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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Solstice gifts for all creatures, great and small

Solstice gifts for all creatures, great and small

Posted by bchristensen at Dec 21, 2009 02:45 PM |

It seems that the Solstice and upcoming holidays are going to be good to wildlife big and small, and right about now we feel a bit like Santa’s elves!

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Thanks for a wild Northwest!

Thanks for a wild Northwest!

Posted by Julia Spencer at Dec 07, 2009 02:45 PM |
Filed under: fisher

Like many of you, I spend the holidays with family, enjoying the beauty of Washington's wildest places and my time with family. I am thankful for the mossy, old forests of the Olympic Peninsula I can wander with my nieces, and Conservation Northwest is thankful for supporters like you! What will you be thankful for this season?

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Northwest wildlife hits hottest list

Northwest wildlife hits hottest list

Posted by emoore at Dec 04, 2009 10:35 AM |

We all want to be on the "A List," unless that list puts you in the running for the wildlife most negatively affected by climate change. A report from the Endangered Species Coalition puts some of our favorite wildlife in the hot seat.

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Think your holiday travel is hard?

Think your holiday travel is hard?

Posted by jbroughton at Nov 23, 2009 11:50 PM |

When the weather outside is frightful, news on the latest wildlife success sure is delightful. Over the last 2 winters, nearly 50 fisher came to the Olympic Peninsula from BC, with a little help from Conservation Northwest and our partners. This year, even more of these elusive forest mammals are starting their journey to bolster northwest biodiversity, and their trip makes the airport this Wednesday look easy. But, in the end, their travels and the travails of those finding our newest residents are well worth the effort, biologically speaking.

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Does south Puget Sound prairie outweigh drive time?

Does south Puget Sound prairie outweigh drive time?

Does it make sense to build a highway through what's left of Washington's remaining native oak woodland prairie, prime habitat for 19 plants and animals facing extinction, including streaked horned lark, water howellia, Mazama pocket gopher, and Taylor's checkerspot butterfly? Does it make any more sense when you add in that the highway won't do much for drive times or carbon emissions as our state is supposed to be making major changes to address climate change?

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