Conservation Connection June 2010
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In this issue:
- Kettle Range rendezvous
- Auction recap
- Lynx, wolverines & bears
- Speak up for the outdoors
It's officially summer. Get outside and explore some place new,
such as the Columbia Highlands.
Photo: Leif Jakobsen
Voulez Vous Rendezvous?
Join us June 26th for a fun, free weekend of
our wild forests at our 8th annual Kettle Range Rendezvous! Spend
Saturday on a scenic guided
day hike or trail work party (co-sponsored by WA Trails Association),
followed by delicious potluck BBQ around the campfire, music, and rustic
car camping under the stars. Sunday, enjoy a breakfast of pancakes and
omelets before spending the day as you please. It's a fun way to get
out into the Columbia Highlands! Register
online today for this free event or call Crystal at (509) 570-2166.
Can't make it this time? Please
a letter for wilderness.
Lynx kits born on the Loomis Forest have hope for a wild future thanks to your support.
Photo: Courtesy of WDFW
Hope for a Wild Future Recap
Thanks so much to the 250 members and supporters that raised
nearly $150,000 to keep the Northwest wild at our 7th annual Hope for a Wild Future
auction on June 10th. During the silent auction, guests mingled
in Herban Feast's Sodo Park. Emcee Martha Kongsgaard sang us to dinner,
where Sally Hintz read
a letter from Senator Maria
Cantwell, sharing her support for our work. Mitch shared this recent
photo of lynx kits from the Loomis with a call to ramp up our efforts
to protect wilderness vital to keep the Cascades connected to the Rockies.
Auctioneer John Curley entertained the crowd for a spirited live auction.
Hope you can join us next year!
Grizzly bear photographed by remote sensing camera on the BC side of the North Cascades ecosystem.
Lynx, Wolverines and Bears, Oh My!
The first official week of summer brings good news for Washington's
wildlife. State biologists just shared with us those photos, above,
of lynx kittens born on the Loomis State Forest, which donors like you
protected in 1999. Remote
sensing cameras also filmed a grizzly bear in the North Cascades, just
over the border in BC. And we've learned about suspected wolverine den on the flanks of Mount Baker. Protecting wildlife habitat works,
and we continue to work hard to protect and connect wildlife habitat
from the Cascades to the Rockies, vital for species such as wolverine
and grizzlies to thrive and adapt to the
effects of climate change.
President Obama wants to help more Americans explore the great outdoors and you can help him decide how.
Photo: Peter Frazier
Speak Up for America's Great Outdoors
What is most important to you about wild places and getting
outside? President Obama wants to hear from you for America's Great
Outdoors Initiative, a public forum to develop a conservation and recreation
agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with our
great outdoors. There are several ways to get involved, including a
public listening session in Seattle on Thursday, July 1st and an
online "Idea Jam" where you can submit your best ideas and vote on good
this one to fund future conservation projects.