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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

Range riders bring results

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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Cascade wolves to lose federal protection?

Cascade wolves to lose federal protection?

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Apr 26, 2013 05:40 PM |
Filed under: Washington's wolves

The news broke this week that the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering eliminating protections for most wolves across the lower 48 states. Conservation Northwest supports protecting wolves in the conterminous US under the Endangered Species Act until they have fully recovered, especially vulnerable packs such as those returning to Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

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Living on a round planet

Living on a round planet

Posted by Erin Moore at Apr 23, 2013 11:50 AM |
Filed under: Interview Internships

After almost a year with Conservation Northwest, communications intern Mallory Millay is moving on. Her work was stellar and we wish her well. Are you looking for an internship for a great cause? Mallory says, “Give it a try! This is probably one of the world’s best work environments because people are friendly and helpful. I thought I’d be locked in an office looking for spelling errors all day, but it didn’t turn out like that at all. I’ve gotten to meet so many interesting people (hello, Chris Morgan!) and so many things about wildlife and land conservation in Washington state, it’s truly amazing. “Being a intern opens doors to being in the know about so many things relating to conservation, wildlife, and even local, state, and national laws, you never miss out on anything!”

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Winning with wolverines

Winning with wolverines

Posted by kmcgurn at Apr 18, 2013 03:45 PM |

Conservation Northwest’s remote camera volunteers recently have had significant successes in documenting new wolverines in Washington State along with our agency partners. This is exciting for our team, and good for the future of our state's rare weasel. As wolverine are considered for threatened status under the federal Endangered Species Act, the more we know about their populations in the Cascades, the better case we can make for their overall recovery.

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