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Kids' art helps wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at May 07, 2010 03:35 PM |
Filed under: members matter! I-90

Here in Bellingham, it's time for the first Friday Art Walk. I am particularly fond of May's art walk, not just because it is usually sunny; it's also Kids' Art Walk. School kids from all over the area post their art on shop windows. I am always glad to see lots of art inspired by nature and wildlife in the shows. Children are naturally interested in animals, and hopeful for the future of wild places.

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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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The long road 'round, from controversy to common ground

The long road 'round, from controversy to common ground

This spring, hundreds of people from northeastern Washington have watched a new documentary film, "From Controversy to Common Ground: The Colville National Forest Story." On April 21 in Spokane, the film showed to a crowd of local people, from business owners to timber workers. Produced by the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, the film tells how the Colville National Forest has come to be one of the most highly regarded national forests in the nation, as a cooperative coalition finds ways to protect roadless forests and creatively manage working forests.

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A visit to Sinlahekin and the past

A visit to Sinlahekin and the past

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Apr 26, 2010 10:20 AM |

Last week, I went on a field tour of grasslands conservation in the Similkameen River valley, which begins in southern British Columbia and flows past the border, through the Loomis Forest, and into the Okanogan River. With the honorable Chief and elders of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band from BC, I enjoyed a great day where the past and present came together with wonderful people in a beautiful place.

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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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Okanogan ranchers get a chance to preserve habitat

Okanogan ranchers get a chance to preserve habitat

Posted by bchristensen at Apr 20, 2010 10:25 PM |
Filed under: Columbia Highlands

Just west of the Columbia Highlands and to the east of the North Cascades are the Okanogan and Similkameen valleys in central Okanogan County. Rich in wildlife, from Canada lynx to sharptail grouse to bighorn sheep, they are largely undeveloped. The valleys are important to sustaining safe passage for wildlife across the broader landscape and to maintaining an important rural economy. So we were thrilled when, late last week, two important federal land conservation grants were announced to help ranchland owners stave off pressure to subdivide their lands into vacation homes or other development.

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Sportsmen's groups hope to adapt to climate change

Sportsmen's groups hope to adapt to climate change

A new report from leading hunting and fishing groups helps steer the course for wildlife management efforts in the face of climate change.

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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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