Conservation Connection June 2008
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In this issue:
- A kid's view of wildlife
- Auction roundup!
- Online friends
- Highland hikes
Winners! Congratulations to (top) Signe from Issaquah and (bottom) Vinney from Selah.
Kids Draw a Future for Cascades Wildlife
The Washington State Department of Transportation and
I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition
this year hosted the fourth annual "Bridging Futures" contest. This fun art contest taps into the creativity of
kids around the state to educate people about safe wildlife passage. The top two winners will see their artwork
featured on freeway billboards along I-90 in Seattle and Ellensburg, educating drivers-by about wildlife bridges
and underpasses. Look for these wonderful drawings, big and bold, starting in July!
"Inspiring young imaginations is an excellent way to engage many generations in projects that affect all of us.
I loved the varied creative approaches the students took to displaying wildlife bridges," said Karen Bonaudi of
the Washington Potato Commission, one of the contest panel judges.
The zoofari—for kids only—is always the hit of the evening's auction.
Photo: Gary Ide
Hope for a Wild Future
Last Wednesday, at our 5th annual Hope
for a Wild Future, we were hoping for some sun! Instead, cool
temperatures brought out evening wear at its Northwest best: fleece
with slacks, Goretex with a skirt...our grassroots coordinator Rose
Oliver even wore her down coat over a vintage prom dress. Nonetheless,
more than 250 adults (over 60 new), 30 children, and 40 volunteers and
staff braved the weather at the Woodland Park Zoo to raise a record
$228,000 for Conservation Northwest's
programs to keep the Northwest wild. (That's $30,000 more than last
year's amount! Net proceeds to be announced later this summer.)
Along with our supporters, the stars of the evening were lynx, bears, wolves, and wolverines,
as featured in a multi-media presentation on "Wildlife of the Columbia Highlands," which we'd
like to share with you, here, on YouTube.
Thank you to everyone who made this annual event a fun success!
These lynx kittens are close as can be: Join our growing online community.
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opportunities to make a difference. On our Facebook fan page, you can see all of our latest blog entries and
events in one place, share your favorite hike, photo or idea with others, and join the growing online community
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Here's to summer–and a refreshing swim in Emerald Lake in Hoodoo Canyon.
Photo: Eric Zamora
Sure Cure for the Summertime Blues
When Crystal Gartner, from our Spokane office, wanted to give her overworked friend something "out of the ordinary"
for his birthday, she presented him a guided day hike with picnic lunch through Hoodoo Canyon, just one of the
spectacular destinations in our
Columbia Highlands summer
. Conservation Northwest—together with REI, Inc., Spokane Mountaineers, The Lands Council, and many wonderful volunteer
hike leaders—organizes the annual hike series to inspire people to support wildlife conservation and wilderness in
northeast Washington. It's a wonderful way to explore
Washington's last frontier
"I'm from California and have spent time in Alaska. This place is amazing. I had no idea such a wild and beautiful
place existed just north of Spokane.
certainly deserve protection." —Jeff Lundell, Sherman Peak Loop Hike