Conservation Connection June 2009
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In this issue:
- Youthful vision
- M is for murrelet
- Wolves update
- Wildlife wanderlust
- Trail work - and play
3rd-grader Jennifer was one of the winners. "My drawing is over a river and under a bridge.
The animal go on the bridge and the fish go in the river."
Youth Connect to Wildlife and Safe Passage
Animals don't look both ways across roads, but kids do, and what they see is
being displayed through July 8 on billboards along Dearborn in Seattle
and I-90 in Ellensburg. Two students from elementary schools in North
Bend and Cle Elum won the state-wide 5th annual art contest cohosted
by the Washington Department of Transportation and the I-90 Wildlife
Bridges Coalition–which includes Conservation Northwest.
Futures" enlightens young people on the problems surrounding roads
and wildlife with a tangible solution close to home–the I-90 Project
and wildlife crossings constructed for the freeway. "When presented
with the wildlife bridges concept, the usual response from kids was,
'Well, of course! Isn't that just fair?'" said Dan Gemeinhart, Mission
View Elementary librarian.
Old growth targeted by WOPR, more valuable to save than to lose.
Courtesy Cascadia Wildlands
Protect Oregon Old Growth and Murrelets
This month the US Fish and Wildlife Service decided to
that marbled murrelets need to survive. That's great news for
this seabird and for the coastal
old-growth forests they use to nest and raise their young. It's also another nail in the coffin for the Western
Oregon Plan Revisions, but we still need your help to bury this harmful plan.
The Western Oregon Plan Revisions, or WOPR, nearly doubles the logging planned for thousands of acres of
publicly owned mature and old-growth forest on Bureau of Land Management lands in western Oregon. The "whopper"
of a plan ignores scientific findings that losing this old growth will harm clean water and healthy streams,
contribute to climate change, and push fish and other endangered wildlife like the marbled murrelet toward extinction.
take action by July 6.
Urge the Obama administration to withdraw the WOPR and live up to its pledge to uphold sound science
and responsible ethics.
Wolves watch our behavior, as we watch theirs.
Celebrating Washington's Wolves
As residents learn to
live with wolves,
people are warming up to the news that wolves have returned on their own to live in Washington. Forest Service
biologist John Rohrer says that the Lookout pack's alpha female, pregnant at last report, is now in her den,
likely raising her litter. By the time the pups are ready to move up into the high country with their parents
in late August, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will have released a draft wolf
conservation and management
plan for public review.
On July 11 Conservation Northwest will be in Tenino in southwestern Washington as Wolf Haven sponsors its 3rd annual
a fun, family event. Join the howling contest! With wolves back in Washington there is plenty to howl about.
Sasha was on the move, sashaying some 40 miles north to south.
Photo: US Forest Service
Sasha's Sashay, and a Monitoring Update
Results from a wintertime live trapping survey of wolverines in the North Cascades by Forest Service
biologists gives firsthand glimpse into the travel patterns of these
elusive and solitary creatures.
One of the radio collared wolverines, Sasha, since February has ranged from south of Rainy Pass and the
upper Twisp drainage to just north of Lake Wenatchee and the upper Entiat. Wolverines are known to be big
travelers and very shy of humans.
Our own monitoring
project volunteers are moving full force documenting wildlife this
season. Volunteers working near proposed crossing structures just east
of Snoqualmie Pass have already recorded their first coyote in a forested
island between the east and westbound lanes of I-90. Cameras are also
in place to catch glimpse of the rare North
Cascades grizzly bear. And together with Dagmara Deren from Toulouse,
France, our first international intern, we've teamed with the Colville
National Forest, deploying hair snares and cameras to detect the presence
of lynx. This year, too, we have monitoring volunteers working in BC!
Savoring the view into Hoodoo Canyon, hot with the promise of a cool swim.
Photo: Tim Coleman
Explore the Colville National Forest
This summer in the
Columbia Highlands join us
for hiking or for trailwork as we explore areas from Emerald Lake to Columbia Mountain. Follow Highway 20
to the lands where east meets west, featuring a rich interplay of plant and animal wildlife. Learn about
this beautiful and rugged part of our state and the ongoing work to balance
wilderness protection with
jobs in the woods.
Conservation Northwest's hikes are cosponsored by REI and the Spokane Mountaineers, and our invigorating
trail work parties
are organized with the Washington Trails Association.