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Merry fisher!

Merry fisher!

Posted by bchristensen at Dec 26, 2008 12:29 PM |

Our supporters, staff, and friends celebrate all sorts of holidays, special events, and snowy days this time of year, so we just wanted to add one more joyful moment to the season with this news. The Olympics ecosystem is a little bit wilder, a little more balanced, and even better this New Year, with release of fourteen more pacific fishers into the wilds of the Olympic National Park...

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The Owl and the Woodpecker

The Owl and the Woodpecker

Posted by Paul Bannick at Dec 22, 2008 03:05 PM |

What do owls and woodpeckers have to do with one another? This question is posed to me on a daily basis since the publication of my first book, The Owl and The Woodpecker: Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds. The answer may surprise you!

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Conservation has never been so cool!

Conservation has never been so cool!

Posted by bchristensen at Dec 16, 2008 02:35 PM |

Nothing is more eco-friendly than re-using instead of buying new, or at least that is how I justify my thrift store obsession. Well, now you too can shop vintage while helping Northwest wildlife! Out amazing supporter Margaret, owner of  Denise Brain, an on-line merchant of top-drawer vintage clothing, is listing a wonderul array of vintage clothes and accessories on eBay Giving Works, and portions of every sale support our work. Thanks, Margaret! (She also has a super-fun blog.)

These great auctions end soon; bid today. I am particularly partial to the aprons...not that that is a hint or anything.

Really.

Want to give health and habitat to wildlife in your own unique way? We have on-line giving resources, like shopping via iGive or GoodShop, and we always are looking for facebook friends! In fact, there is a contest on right now over at our Facebook Cause that enters every donor who helps us meet our goal by year's end into a raffle for a spot on a lynx-tracking trip in Eastern WA.

Taking a stand against wildlife bullies

Taking a stand against wildlife bullies

Posted by gwilson at Dec 12, 2008 07:26 PM |

In the midnight hour, the Bush administration took its biggest bite out of wildlife yet. This was a bite so large that a normal-sized throat would have difficulty swallowing it, but Bush Jr. is already well-practiced in taking egregious bites out of wildlife protection. After eight years of environmental atrocities, his throat is so large that he (metaphorically) looks like a giant bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus)—perhaps the one imperiled species that the outgoing president has a narcissistic compassion for.

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What are you lookin' at?

What are you lookin' at?

Posted by bchristensen at Dec 12, 2008 01:19 AM |

In what I think must be the cutest scientific report ever published, The Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project released the findings of this year's 43 volunteer-placed cameras. Have a look!

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The process needs you

The process needs you

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 25, 2008 10:40 PM |

Many people who are staunch supporters of wilderness are also avid outdoors enthusiasts, so it's pretty impressive when these folks are willing to skip a fine autumn Saturday in the outdoors in order to attend a series of meetings...

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The time is now

The time is now

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 25, 2008 04:09 PM |

This week is an historic opportunity to make an on-the-ground difference for wildlife, wild places, and the unique natural heritage of northeastern Washington. Before you head to the store to stock up on cranberries for the big meal (ok, canned cranberry jelly at my house), please click here to take action for wilderness in the Columbia Highlands.

You can brag at the Thanksgiving table that you helped ensure the success of the Columbia Highlands Initiative, including protections for the last truly wild areas in Washington's last frontier. Just make sure you don't have cranberries in your teeth first. Thanks!

A report from the wild

A report from the wild

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 19, 2008 12:57 PM |

With all the remote camera photos of wolves and pups coming through this summer, we've been abuzz about the Cascades getting wilder and the ecosystem more balanced. But no photo or scientific analysis can compare to an actual encounter with a majestic wild creature. This fall, long-time Conservation Northwest member Candace McKenna was hiking in the Okanogan and is pretty sure she saw a wolf.

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Lynx need your help to survive in WA!

Lynx need your help to survive in WA!

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 17, 2008 10:56 AM |

In this new political culture, are Canadians now migrating with their pets to the US? Well, that I can't answer that for sure, though I've noticed my kitty has picked up a strange accent recently... I do know that one of our rarest wild cats, named after the great country to the north, needs some help today, no matter where you or your pets are from! Please act by Thursday, November 20th for these amazing creatures.

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No retreat from the work at hand

No retreat from the work at hand

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 14, 2008 12:45 PM |

Conservation Northwest staff spent two days this week on the very rainy shores of Lake Wenatchee in our annual staff retreat. Retreats are a rare chance for all the staff to gather in one place. We review our successes and challenges of the previous year and lay out the strategic roads to ensuring the region is wild enough for wolves, grizzly bears, and mountain caribou;  working with local communities to create sustainable timber jobs and wilderness; and giving wildlife safe passage and respite from climate change, to name a few. Here and there we even have some silly fun to celebrate another great year working on your behalf for a wild Northwest (I can be bribed for photographic evidence).

During planning sessions, staff all had a chance to chime in on what issues we see as most important for our future work and the healthy future of ecosystems and communities. We use science, strategy, and collaboration, but we never forget our members and donors fund more than 70% of our work. What do you think is most important in our work? About which Northwest wildlife or wild place are you most passionate?

[not a member? it's easy!]

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A brand new day

A brand new day

Posted by Erin Moore at Nov 05, 2008 11:30 AM |
Filed under: What's Hot

Blues skies above autumn colors this morning. It's as though the leaves of maples, cottonwoods, larch, and aspen lingered to see a brand new day.I'm still acclimating to the feeling that our next President is a broadminded African-American from my home state, the Land of Lincoln. I could never have imagined something else that I saw last night: hordes of young people running through the streets of Bellingham carrying American flags.Something else happened last night that I did imagine, and that you helped bring about for wilderness and wildlife...

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All the news that's fit

All the news that's fit

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 03, 2008 03:39 PM |

Every month we send out an email missive, The Conservation Connection, to let supporters know about the latest and greatest at Conservation Northwest. October's edition is available online here.

This season's Conservation Northwest Quarterly was a huge hit, with its pull-out wildlife trading cards and articles featuring the wonderful animals of a wild Northwest: wolves, grizzly bears, wolverines, fisher, and mountain caribou. To get a hard copy of the newsletter and your very own set of trading cards, let us know.

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