Conservation Connection December 2008
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In this issue:
- Strong for endangered species
- Camera project report
- Join the band
- Coalition action
A wolf with Washington's first wild pack. Don't let Bush bail on wildlife!
Photo: Conservation Northwest
Saying No to Wildlife's Midnight Hour
Conservation Northwest, together with other conservation groups and represented by Earthjustice, is suing the
Bush administration for its most recent move to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act. The desperate "midnight" rule change drops
the requirement that the government consult with federal wildlife scientists about the harm that projects and activities
could cause to endangered species.
"Excluding scientists from the review process tears a giant hole in America’s safety net for wildlife," said Dave Werntz,
science and conservation director for Conservation Northwest.
Wolverines remained elusive but not so this young black bear.
Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project
Cascades Critters Caught on Film
Hot off the press comes exciting first-year results from wildlife monitoring in the Cascades by the Cascades
Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project. The new report features thousands of images
captured by dozens of cameras this past spring and summer by citizen volunteers throughout Washington's Central and
North Cascades. Conservation Northwest remote cameras not only documented the first resident wild wolf pack in Washington
since the 1930s, but also a rarely seen lynx in the Pasayten Wilderness and a Cascades red fox in the Teanaway.
Commenting on the wide diversity of animal images, project coordinator Marlo Mytty said, "Until you get these images
back, you don't realize or think about all the wildlife that's out there that you're not seeing."
Join the chorus of wildlife by making a
gift to Conservation Northwest today.
Photo: Paul Bannick
Join the Wildlife Chorus
2008 brought good tidings for mountain caribou, Pacific fisher, wolverine, lynx, and gray wolves. These wildlife
carolers would come knocking at your door today, but this is their favorite season to be in the wild lands that
Conservation Northwest, with your generous and energetic support, protected this year. Thank you!
Our priorities in 2009 include protecting
wilderness in the Columbia Highlands, as well as
eleventh-hour Bush administration regulations that are dangerous to wildlife and wildlands.
Please sing a song for wildlife this season. There are many ways you can help us keep the Northwest wild. One of
the best ways is signing up as a
Wildland Partner to become a regular,
monthly giver. We also offer deliciously
easy giving resources.
Happy holidays to all of you as we move into a
brand new day!
Hello to the new generation: They're looking up to all of us.
Photo: Gary Ide
Washington State Environmental Priorities
We have a lot of work ahead this coming year and Conservation Northwest has already set
priorities for wildlife and wildlands
in 2009. We do part of our yearly work as members of the most effective coalition today for Washington's lands and water. The
Environmental Priorities Coalition advances statewide legislation
to protect our local environment with a network that is 30,000 people strong and growing.
Sign on today to the Environmental Priorities Coalition
action alert network and you can keep up on actions
during times when every call and email makes a difference. The main excitement happens during the legislative session
and most of the alerts you'll receive will come during the first months of the year. The requests you receive will be
the ones that count for Washington.