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Winter wolf watching and sundry

Winter wolf watching and sundry

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 11, 2009 11:13 AM |

Jasmine emailed me a King 5 video on the Lookout Pack in the Methow, and I thought all of you would enjoy it. Great footage, and our colleague with the state--Scott Fitkin--and our stellar remote camera monitoring volunteer--Ray Roberstson--make an appearance. But they aren't the star of the show!

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Science back on the table for wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at Mar 03, 2009 07:54 PM |

It was a party for imperiled species at the Department of the Interior's 160th anniversary bash. Department employees cheered as President Obama announced that his administration has effectively halted Bush's lame duck siege on the Endangered Species Act.  

Bush's rule change exempted tens of thousands of federal, taxpayer-funded projects each year from independent reviews by biologists and input from the public. This would have allowed projects from high rises to roads to be built with no independent review of their potential harm to endangered plants and animals. In Washington State alone, 1,350 species were directly affected.

President Obama ordered federal agencies to once again consult with scientists on the impacts to endangered species before launching any projects. At the podium, he stressed the importance of science in all decisions, a stark change from Bush, who was accused of regularly squelching good science to benefit industry:

The work of scientist and experts in my administration...will be respected. For three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation's most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it.

 

Nothing to sneeze at

Nothing to sneeze at

Posted by mtinney at Feb 25, 2009 02:14 PM |

Two decades ago the Clean Air Act was passed, and here in Washington we have quite a few wild areas to go into and breathe easy.

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A day on the hill

A day on the hill

Posted by KrisTina Hertz at Feb 23, 2009 10:00 PM |

What do you get when you mix hundreds of conservation-minded folk, their political representatives, and a party at the governor's mansion? You get stuff done...

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Geography of hope

Geography of hope

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 20, 2009 03:07 PM |
Filed under: What's Hot

"We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope."

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Spreading some love

Posted by mtinney at Feb 17, 2009 04:08 PM |

For Valentine's Day, the brand spanking new Western Washington University Conservation Northwest Club hit campus with a hefty dose of home-made cookies and bear hugs. And dancing. Don't forget the dancing...

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A caribou nod to Darwin

A caribou nod to Darwin

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 13, 2009 11:21 AM |

Charles Darwin's 200th birthday this week seems an appropriate time to share a ScienceDaily article about the genetic history of the endangered mountain caribou. According to a study in the journal Molecular Ecology, the mountain caribou of the Inland Temperate Rainforest are a unique blending of two separate genetic subspecies: migratory tundra caribou and the more sedentary woodland caribou.

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Time is running out for North Cascades "ghost bears"

Time is running out for North Cascades "ghost bears"

Posted by jasmine at Feb 05, 2009 07:25 PM |
Filed under: grizzly wildlife What's Hot

Joe Scott comments on Seattle Times book review on "Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear" by David Knibb. He thanks Mr. Knibb for alerting Washingtonians that we're about to lose the only remaining population of grizzly bears outside of the Rocky Mountains, the grizzly bears of the North Cascades. But he begs to differ on another point: opinion polls show people to be strongly in favor, not divided, in their support for recovery of the great bear.

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Don't hate me because I am...toxic

Don't hate me because I am...toxic

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 04, 2009 01:24 AM |

Living in Bellingham, so close to Canada, I receive a few Canadian TV channels on my rabbit ears. (I know, TV is bad for you, but I what can I say, I need The Simpsons.) Tonight, I caught on the 11 o'clock news a story that sounds good for wildlife. Canada - good for them - has become the first country to list the silicone-based chemicals D4 and D5 on its toxic chemicals list. The slick liquids help make hair shiny and lips kissable...as long as you aren't a fish or other wildlife.

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Walking and talking...and posing

Walking and talking...and posing

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 02, 2009 04:50 PM |

Conservation Northwest's Mitch Friedman wore out lots of shoe leather this week, walking the marbled halls of our nation's capitol with Mike Petersen, executive director of The Lands Council, a Spokane-based partner of Conservation Northwest on forest work such as in the Columbia Highlands...

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Green jobs, green forests

Green jobs, green forests

Posted by bchristensen at Jan 30, 2009 05:52 PM |

What would $500 million over two years do for our forests, watersheds, and rural towns? Senator Cantwell is calling for an economic stimulus for the forests.

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For the love of the land

For the love of the land

Posted by Hanne Beener at Jan 28, 2009 07:25 PM |

How do Conservation Northwest and ranchers in the Columbia Highlands get along? Pretty well, when we realize how much our values intersect. It doesn't take long before the love of the land and the history it holds is common ground...

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