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Monitoring small mammals on I-90

Monitoring small mammals on I-90

Posted by Hailey Starr at Jan 29, 2014 10:31 AM |

Kris is an ecologist and Biology professor at Central Washington University (CWU) who is interested in population and community ecology and has a special enthusiasm for pikas. Her team consisted of recent graduates from CWU who love wildlife and the outdoors. Working with the WA Dept of Transportation and Forest Service, their main objective was to gather knowledge of what small mammals current occupy the area near where the wildlife overpass will be going in along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. Here's what they found...

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First tracks of I-90 success this season

First tracks of I-90 success this season

Posted by Jen Watkins at Jan 07, 2014 12:00 AM |

We sent our citizen science volunteers out to track under I-90's newest wildlife underpasses, and they brought back just what we were looking for!

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Quest to find the elusive wolverine!

Quest to find the elusive wolverine!

Our fabulous British intern Hannah Field shares her recent expedition to Washington's South Cascades to set up a wolverine camera trap with our volunteer coordinator Alison Huyett and Conservation Northwest volunteer Mike Hitchner.

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Step up wolverine protections

Step up wolverine protections

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 27, 2013 11:50 AM |

Wolverines are back in the Washington! But their hold in the North Cascades and Rockies is fragile – only about 300 remain in the contiguous United States, mostly in the northern Rockies. It is estimated that about two-thirds of wolverine's snowbound habitat will be gone by the end of the century as the climate warms. Finally, after years of delay and quite a bit of encouragement from Conservation Northwest, our allies, and supporters, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking action. They need to hear from you! Finally, after years of delay, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking action and they need to hear from you. Their proposal is a good start, but wolverines need more.

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Hey, COOLMOM and SMRTGY: UCANHLP!

Hey, COOLMOM and SMRTGY: UCANHLP!

Forty years ago, on a day much like today, a Washington resident who cared about the state's land and animals headed into a voting booth with a plan in mind: join 613,000 others to help wildlife. Her forward-thinking vote that day created an innovative way for almost everyone in the state to help wildlife.

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This Halloween, score some great treats!

This Halloween, score some great treats!

Posted by bchristensen at Oct 31, 2013 03:00 PM |
Filed under: members matter!

In neighborhoods across Washington, kids are bundling up--coats under costumes, of course--to head out in search of the best stash of sugary goodness. In the crisp fall air, some are wizards; some are superheroes; some are wolves, bears or wolverines (of several sorts).

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Coast to Cascades, bears to people

Coast to Cascades, bears to people

Posted by Joe Scott at Oct 17, 2013 02:23 PM |

If we’re not successful and governments fail to take action to help grizzly bears on the west coast, grizzlies will lose another approximately 30,000 square km of range that they now just barely occupy.

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Connecting for critters-October 19th

Connecting for critters-October 19th

When you care about restoring the full suite of wildlife that belongs in the Northwest, you also care about something called "habitat connectivity."

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Cascades wolf killed

Cascades wolf killed

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Sep 27, 2013 11:15 AM |

Yesterday we were disappointed to learn the disturbing news of yet another wolf killed in the North Cascades. Details are forthcoming, but action to stop the unnecessary loss of wolves in these areas--getting us that much closer to recovery--should not be.

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A Cascades tale

A Cascades tale

Posted by bchristensen at Sep 24, 2013 07:38 PM |
Filed under: Carnivores Cascades fisher

It's winter, and a small group of biologists, conservationists, and school kids bubbling with anticipation meet at the edge of an ancient grove in the Cascades. All attention focuses on a wooden box pointed at the forest. Video rolls, cameras snap in the crisp air. The heavy cover is lifted, and out of the box peeks...

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I-90 monitoring field report

I-90 monitoring field report

Posted by Hailey Starr at Sep 23, 2013 11:00 AM |
Filed under: Citizen science

Washington's first wildlife crossing overpass will be implemented along I-90 east of Lake Keechelus. In order to understand how this new overpass will effect species in the area, we must first understand what species are present. That's where Conservation Northwest and our camera monitoring crews come in!

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Get ready for Homecoming

Get ready for Homecoming

When I think of “Homecoming,” I can still feel the excitement that came with my favorite football team taking the field in October to cheers and bright lights. To many of us, the word itself brings memories of high school days: of fancy dresses, dances, and school spirit. To us at Conservation Northwest, we thought this occasion could not fit more perfectly with the return home of some of Washington’s wildest animals, including wolves, wolverines, and fishers.

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