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April 2012

Conservation Connection April 2012

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In this issue:

  • BIG Event May 2
  • Cascades wolverines
  • Washington wolves
  • Protecting Qat'muk


This is a great opportunity to invite others to join us!

This is a great opportunity to invite others to join us!










Join the BIG Event May 2nd

Thinking of making a donation to help wolves, wolverines or wilderness? Wait! Saving your gift just five more days until Wednesday, May 2, will make your conservation money grow like a Douglas fir in a restored forest. On May 2, please join us for GiveBIG, a special day of online community giving. Make a donation online via our GiveBIG page and your gift will be stretched by matching funds and you could win one of 24 hourly Golden Tickets, a $1,000 extra gift for our work! This is the perfect time to make that special gift and watch it grow. Thank you!






This wolverine, caught on camera by our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring team, is the first to be documented in decades south of Highway 2 in the Cascades.

This wolverine, caught on camera by our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring team, is the first to be documented in decades south of Highway 2 in the Cascades.
Photo: Conservation Northwest





Cascades Wildlife Get a Move On

This month, our remote cameras finally captured wolverines on film in the Cascades, farther south than current researchers have yet to find them. This uncollared animal was photographed in the Chiwaukum Mountains, south of Highway 2 between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass. There is still little known about wolverines in the Cascades, and these discoveries help wildlife agencies identify the most important habitats. Research has shown spring snowpack is vital to wolverines, so they are one of the host of Northwest wildlife species at risk from climate change.






 

 

What might just be a new mated pair in the Lookout Pack. Photo USFS remote camera

What might just be a new mated pair in the Lookout Pack.
Photo: USFS remote camera

 


Good News for Washington's Wolves

Spring is a time of renewal. Recently, remote cameras in the Methow Valley yielded photos of two wolves traveling together. Biologists are watching closely over the next couple of months for any evidence of pups. Cascades wolves are recovering from decimation by poachers in 2009; recently, that poaching case got some resolution. And this summer, we are excitedly anticipating airing of a new documentary, starring Washington's wolves! Stay tuned for showtimes.



 

 

Who was there before the Jumbo resort was a gleam in a billionaire's eye? Learn more at beforejumbo.com

Who was there before the Jumbo resort was a gleam in a billionaire's eye? Learn more at beforejumbo.com.

 

 

 

 


Protecting Qat'muk, Home to the Grizzly Bear

After decades of staving off development on Jumbo Mountain in Canada, the BC government signed the next step in building a $1 billion ski resort in the Purcell Mountains, critical habitat for grizzly bears. These bears are an important population just north of our own US border. The Ktunaxa First Nation, who have lived in the area for 10,000 years, vehemently oppose the development. Known to them as Qat'muk, the area is home to the grizzly bear spirit. The fight is not over yet; many steps remain before development can begin. Investment, land-use zoning, and First Nations cultural values all remain unresolved.




 

 

 

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