Conservation Connection February 2011
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In this issue:
- WA wolves & cougars
- Wildlife & recreation
- Spring & summer celebrations
- Connecting wildlife
Washington's cougars need sound science, not scare tactics.
Photo: © Art Wolfe
For Washington's Wolves–and Cougars–Times Still Tough
Wolves - You recently helped us stall two bills
harmful to Washington's wolves,
thank you! Unfortunately, a third bill has reared its head again, with a last-minute hearing
March 4 in Olympia. Please
join us at this important hearing; it's the last
chance this year to voice support for Washington's wolves. HB 1109 allows political
interference with a collaborative, science-based recovery plan and wastes taxpayers' money.
In the face of anti-wolf sentiment and increasing poaching, we
need your help again for
Washington's wolves on the fragile edge of recovery.
Cougar - Washington's mountain lions this session share the legislative
limelight. In 1996, 63%
of Washington voters chose to ban most hunting with hounds in our state.
And a 2008 poll by WDFW found 92% of citizens agree that, "Cougars
are an important and essential component of Washington ecosystems."
Yet lawmakers seek to open up sport hound hunting of cougars across
the state. We support cougar management informed by best science, one
that ensures healthy populations of cougars serving their ecological
role in Washington's natural areas. This bill isn't that.
Add your voice: take action today.
Playing outside, something we all love to do.
Photo: Crystal Gartner
Recreation and Wildlife Need Your Support
Local - Where do you like to play outside in Washington? Chances
are good a program called the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
helped preserve or improve
your favorite place to
hike, ski, bike, or ride, as well as local working farms and forests.
Please help ensure WWRP keeps helping our state well into the future
by taking easy action online.
National - A continuing resolution to fund the US government
contains huge cuts across the board, including dire funding needed for
wildlife and habitat, such as funds to protect working
ranchlands in the Columbia
urge your Senators to
support funding for state and tribal wildlife grants, North American
wetland and endangered species funds, and many other conservation programs.
The Owl and the Woodpecker, a fascinating exhibit in Seattle by wildlife photojournalist Paul Bannick.
Photo: © Paul Bannick
Spring and Summer
March birds - Award-winning book The Owl and the Woodpecker
goes big time in an exhibit
opening March 19 at Seattle's Burke Museum. Featured are the amazing
images of naturalist-photographer and Conservation Northwest's development
director Paul Bannick. North America's owls and woodpeckers enrich the
very habitats on which they depend. They are worth fighting for. Ask
us how you can receive a coupon for $2-off museum admission.
June hope - Please remember to save the date, June 8, for our
lively annual auction at Herban
Feast's historic SoDo Park. We guarantee a special and exciting night
celebrating our work at this year's Hope for a Wild Future!
A vision of
I-90 wildlife by Naomi Klimek, a finalist in the 2010 Bridging Futures
Connecting Wildlife, from
US to Canada
US - The 6th annual Bridging Futures contest is now open to all
young Washington artists between the ages of 5 and 11! This fun and
educational contest taps into the creativity of kids statewide to highlight
a unique solution for driver and wildlife safely along I-90: wildlife
Canada - In British Columbia's Purcell Mountains, just over Washington's
border, locals are helping protect grizzly bears from a jumbo-sized
development. Members of the Ktunaxa Nation recently affirmed their
commitment to protect
grizzly bears and the Quat'muk, which includes Jumbo Valley, for today
and tomorrow's generations. Will you
stand up with them for