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Trip(s) to the fair

Posted by Rose Oliver at Oct 28, 2008 12:45 PM |

"I wrote my letter for the bears, not for the soda. I mean… what about the Dodo? Wouldn't you like to see a Dodo? I would. I don't want my kids to have to ask me what happened to the grizzly bear."

Trip(s) to the fair

Clowns for conservation! These boys were excited to take action for bears, wolves, and the Columbia Highlands!

As the grassroots coordinator for Conservation Northwest, I am oftentimes the face of the organization, the liaison to the public, as I like to put it. I'm the smile that greets you at the county fair, festival or downtown concert, the one who lures you into the booth to take action for the critters who can't speak for themselves: the grizzly bears, wolves and lynx of the Pacific Northwest.

From the Okanogan Valley to the Deming Log Show grounds, you may have seen me this year at Skagit Eagle Festival, the Arlington Eagle Festival, the Wilderness Conference, Groovin' for Grizzlies, the Bear Affair, Downtown Sounds, the Skagit County Fair, the Stringband Jamboree, the Okanogan County Fair, the Wenatchee Salmon Festival or the Bellingham Traverse.

These events yielded an impressive 150 handwritten letters in support of a sound management plan for wolves, more than 200 hand written letters and over 1500 petition signatures supporting the implementation of the recovery plan for the North Cascades grizzly. Plus, many people went home with our  book, Columbia Highlands, Exploring Washington's Last Frontier and became the newest, proud members of Conservation Northwest. Way to go Washington!

Although the hours can be long and the drives can be tedious, the time I've spent educating and inspiring the public with Conservation Northwest's important work for wildlife has provided me with a renewed sense of hope. There is one 10 year old boy in particular I met at the Concrete Eagle Festival who I'll never forget... after he wrote his letter I offered him a Hansen's soda for taking action, a ploy that works well on most 10 year old boys, but instead he said, "No thanks, I wrote my letter for the bears, not for the soda. I mean… what about the Dodo? Wouldn't you like to see a Dodo? I would. I don't want my kids to have to ask me what happened to the grizzly bear."

The next time you see a Conservation Northwest booth, stop by and say "Hello", but be careful... you might end up taking a load off and picking up the mighty pen to be yet another important voice for the wilds of Washington.

See you soon...

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