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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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Adopt a wilderness!

Adopt a wilderness!

Posted by emoore at Nov 05, 2009 06:05 PM |
Filed under: Columbia Highlands

The Colville National Forest of northeastern Washington has oodles of wild roadless forest that deserve wilderness protection. We need you to adopt a wilderness.

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Wolves influence forest diversity

Wolves influence forest diversity

Cristina Eisenberg, a researcher from Oregon State University, has concluded that a decline in young aspen trees in NW Montana is due to the missing presence of one primary predator: the wolf.

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It must be something (not) in the water

It must be something (not) in the water

Posted by jasmine at Oct 26, 2009 10:40 AM |

Washington Watershed Restoration Initiative wins Forest Service's 2009 National Watershed Award.

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Wolverine caught on film in WA's southern Cascades

Wolverine caught on film in WA's southern Cascades

Posted by jasmine at Oct 20, 2009 12:30 PM |
Filed under: wolverine remote camera

A rare sighting of a wolverine south of Mt. Rainier was captured on a remote camera in the southern portion of the Goat Rocks Wilderness at 6300 ft.

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Fresh tracks in fresh pow

Fresh tracks in fresh pow

Posted by jasmine at Oct 13, 2009 03:05 PM |

Conservation Northwest is calling all backcountry skiers, boarders, and snowshoers for our winter wolverine tracking program. Yodeleheehoo!

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We need all creatures great and small

We need all creatures great and small

Posted by jasmine at Oct 07, 2009 11:10 AM |

New study published in the journal Bioscience concludes that a catastrophic decline around the world of "apex" predators such as wolves, cougars, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller "mesopredators" that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions.

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Howling with Methow ranchers

Howling with Methow ranchers

Posted by jasmine at Sep 29, 2009 09:27 PM |

Conservation Northwest kicks the dirt with Methow Valley ranchers to get proactive on livestock protection and wolf recovery.

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Wildlife caught on film II, the return

Wildlife caught on film II, the return

This week, Conservation Northwest hosted two showings of the film "Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators." Supporters in Spokane and Twisp packed the house to address the following: "Top predators hold a key to life itself. Can people and predators coexist? Can we afford not to?" Guest blogger, author, and tracker Linda Jo Hunter gives us her take on the film.

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Wildlife caught on film

Posted by bchristensen at Sep 13, 2009 09:05 PM |

Yet sometimes, our work is just plain fun. The latest update from our Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project just came in this week, and let's face it, animal photos are always a treat.

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Roads in the right--and wrong--direction

Roads in the right--and wrong--direction

From a road less traveled by wildlife to a road that threatens a unique gem, our state's highways were the focus in August.

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