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June 2010

Conservation Connection June 2010

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In this issue:

  • Kettle Range rendezvous
  • Auction recap
  • Lynx, wolverines & bears
  • Speak up for the outdoors

Summer in 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 celebrating 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 write a letter for wilderness.

Lynx kittens

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 caught with remote camera

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.



Kids exploring

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 ideas like this one to fund future conservation projects.




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