Conservation Connection November 2009
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In this issue:
- Feel good giving
- Write for wolves!
- Water for drinking
- Follow a snow track
Trail restoration crew at Barnaby Buttes in the Columbia Highlands: "A serious commitment to conservation!" - King 5 voter Josh M. Please make your commitment to wildlife with a gift today.
Photo: Derrick Knowles
Conservation Northwest Voted Top 5 Charity
We have to admit, it was a huge boost when King 5 viewers voted us into the Top 5 Charities of 2009, not
to mention all the nice things
our supporters had to say about us.
"No organization in the state has done more to preserve our wild spaces. They put donations to work on conservation,
not on administrative costs. They are dedicated and hard working." - King 5 voter Susan R
Please help us continue to do our winning work for wildlife next year by making a
year-end donation today.
Allies like you ensure that people and wildlife benefit from healthy ecosystems far into the future, and
your support is vital. Thank you!
Remote cameras captured this photo of one of the pups in a second batch born to the Lookout wolf pack in the Methow Valley.
Photo: Conservation NW
Wolves Come Home: A Plan Speeds Recovery
We're excited that wolves are making a natural comeback to Washington. There are now two confirmed packs
in the state, in Okanogan and Pend Oreille counties, with a possible third wolf pack in the Blue Mountains
of southeastern Washington.
This winter, the Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a draft
conservation and management plan for Washington's returning wolves. The plan comes after two years of hard
work by members of the state's Wolf Working Group, which included Conservation Northwest. Several important
changes are needed for the draft plan to ensure wolves have the opportunity to thrive in our state. We need
to generate as many comments for wolves as possible this month.
Please add your
voice to make the plan better.
Either a very small person or a very big Douglas fir in the new Lake Whatcom Preserve.
Photo: Dave Werntz
Step to Protecting Clean Forests and Water
Whatcom County has taken the next great step toward the
Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve,
entering into an agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources to protect 8,400 acres of forest
in this vital watershed, drinking water source for thousands of county residents. After working for nearly
a decade to reduce the impact of commercial logging around Lake Whatcom, we are nearly there!
The county has said it is committed to managing the protected forests for old-growth qualities.
Beautiful, remnant old-growth forest found around the lake is home to marbled murrelets, bald eagles,
ospreys, tailed frogs, and the
Salish sucker, a small native fish. Council members would enjoy hearing a "thank you" for their support
of the preserve! Please take a moment to
send them an email.
Hey, who goes? This Olympics fisher, now all grown up, may be one of the first kits born last year after reintroduction of this native mammal to Washington.
Photo: Conservation NW
Fresh Tracks in Fresh Pow
This winter, as part of our Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, we are training backcountry
enthusiasts to document snow tracks of a remarkable animal, the wolverine. Our accomplished and
personable tracker, Dave Moskowitz, of the Wilderness Awareness School, is leading the trainings in
Bellingham and in
Seattle. As you ski and snowshoe around the Cascade Range, learn how to keep your eyes peeled for tracks!
With our summer/fall cameras pulled in for the end of year, the
is also busy producing a final report. And there's more. A holiday party for monitoring volunteers, and a
chance for new volunteers to register for I-90 snowtracking teams this winter, with a training held December 13 in the
Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall.