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Finding the middle way

Finding the middle way

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Jun 28, 2013 06:35 PM |

Today, Olympia finally passed an operating budget to avert a government shutdown in the nick of time. The legislature remains in session to deal with transportation and capital budget issues, including important habitat acquisition funds. The budget includes over a million dollars to identify and promote non-lethal methods to reduce conflicts between livestock and predators like wolves. This happened because legislators from both sides of the state came together around a solution that Conservation Northwest modeled and promoted.

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Keeping an eye on the woods

Keeping an eye on the woods

Posted by bchristensen at Jun 14, 2013 04:40 PM |

Here at Conservation Northwest, we actually have quite a few "eyes in the woods." A good chunk of them have metal irises with automated shutters. No, not robots.

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Range riders bring results in 2013

Range riders bring results in 2013

We left you hanging in the fall 2012 newsletter: “The real proof of whether our pilot range rider program can help ranchers in Washington won’t be known until the cows came home later this fall.” Well, they've returned home, and on a positive note. During last year's grazing season, we partnered with the Washington Department of Fish Wildlife to fund a range rider - the first in Washington - at the Dawson Ranch in northeast Washington. Range riding is an effective on-the-ground conflict avoidance solution for wolves and people.

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Grizzly bear power of story

Grizzly bear power of story

It's a great story of the resourceful grizzly bear that ambled into the Garibaldi-Pitt area - the kind of tale that can help people understand what wildlife like grizzly bears are up against and how they often manage to figure it out. Someone, too, had a keen sense of irony naming this female grizzly bear “Power” since run-of-river power projects are one of the main threats to her habitat. But grizzly bears in southwest BC definitely need help in the form of a recovery plan that safeguards their habitat and helps prevent human conflict. Power’s story could have easily been a short one.

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Middle school science for wildlife

Middle school science for wildlife

I am Kara, a student at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Last year, Mrs. Schmer selected her eighth period science class to install a guzzler (watering hole) in order to provide wildlife species with more water resources. This class later built bird boxes in order to provide cover for a variety of bird species. A pair of kestrels indeed found this as a source of cover. Kestrels actually do not build their own nests they usually find rock crevices or other natural formations to nest in, so bird boxes are a wonderful opportunity for kestrels. As we have worked on these projects we have noticed that the wildlife species we see on camera at our guzzlers and in our bird box all look healthy. You see full muscles, which shows that the individual animal is not starving and consuming regular amounts of water, this in itself shows we are making a difference in their habitat.

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In loving memory, Doris

In loving memory, Doris

Posted by Julia Spencer at May 21, 2013 09:55 PM |

Doris Ferm was an inspiration, a light, and a force for positive change in our lives and our community. She passed away peacefully at home on May 3, 2013. Doris helped Conservation Northwest, protecting wildlife and wild lands, every Friday for twelve years.

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Sizing it up, for wildlife

Sizing it up, for wildlife

Posted by bchristensen at May 11, 2013 11:55 AM |

Ever wondered what difference $50 or $100 really makes for wildlife? A big difference, especially if you donate it for Conservation Northwest's vital work on May 15th, during GiveBIG!

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Hike the missing links!

Hike the missing links!

Posted by Erin Moore at May 09, 2013 05:15 PM |

Visiting the new Lake Whatcom forest park caught me off guard. I couldn't help being reduced to simple exclamations. “Cool! How amazingly cool.”

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Wolf funding eases conflict

Wolf funding eases conflict

Posted by dknowles at May 02, 2013 07:30 PM |

Last week was unusually eventful for wolves, bringing funding for essential non-lethal work and two other changes affecting wolf recovery. Over the weekend, the legislature passed SB 5193, which creates a vital, secure source of funds to pay for non-lethal measures to help prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock in the first place. That bill also includes provisions to help fund compensation to livestock owners for confirmed losses.

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Save the BIG date

Save the BIG date

Posted by bchristensen at Apr 30, 2013 08:15 PM |

Want to do something big for the Northwest? Want to join thousands of others in working to ensure a wild future for wildlife and the next generation? Want to support Conservation Northwest in a BIG way?

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