Conservation Connection October 2010
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In this issue:
- Help spread the word
- Wolf aware
- Critters gain ground
- BC's unprotected wildlife
Be brave: Join us in our fall membership drive!
A World Without
Wildlife is Scary!
A world without wildlife truly would be frightening. But never fear, Conservation Northwest is working hard to
make sure the Northwest's beloved wildlife and the wildness they need to thrive aren't going anywhere. But we
can't do it without you. Join our
fall membership drive
, October 18th through November 1st, and you could win some great prizes.
There are lots of ways to help: become a new
member , and if you are already a member, become a
Partner. You could win ski passes or camping gear while ensuring
a healthy wild future for all of us. Please join today.
It's time we welcomed wolves back to Washington.
Photo: Art Wolfe
Becoming Wolf Aware
This week is National Wolf Awareness Week, and we have much to celebrate as gray wolves are slowly
returning to Washington. But how are wolves faring against threats like illegal killing,
and how do we best facilitate their return? You can help; become a friend of wolves on the
Washington's Wolves Facebook page.
The return of wolves is also sure to have an influence on local ecosystems. How do wolves
affect other creatures, from beavers to songbirds to elk? On Monday evening, October 25, at
Town Hall in Seattle, biologist and author Cristina Eisenberg talks about wolves and their
critical place in nature. Join her as, through DNA evidence, footprints, and dead carcasses,
she tracks the wolf's range, what it fears and hunts.
All old forest wildlife benefit from gained habitat protections.
Photo: Brett Baunton
In a win for northern spotted owls and Northwest old growth, a federal judge recently ruled that
the US Fish and Wildlife Service must revise a faulty spotted owl recovery plan. Conservation Northwest
and others intervened in the timber industry lawsuit two years ago after several professional scientific
groups issued withering critiques of the plan. Our job now is to make sure the owl recovery plan is
scientifically rigorous and will restore this famous icon of old forests.
In good news for bull trout, a recent revision of a 2005 draft critical habitat designation
dramatically increases protections for this endangered western trout. The new plan is a vast improvement:
In Washington state alone, it will protect nearly five times more stream habitat than that proposed by
the Bush administration. The plan is not perfect; bull trout will continue to face challenging
circumstances in parts of Washington, but they have a much brighter future today. Thank you for
sending in your comments earlier this year and taking action to protect bull trout!
On the Edge: Crossborder wildlife need help in the face of climate change.
On the Edge: BC's Unprotected
A new Canadian-US report details how an inadequate patchwork of laws and policies puts more than
1,900 species at risk of extinction or loss in BC. On the Edge: British Columbia's
Unprotected Transboundary Species, released by David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice,
and Conservation Northwest, calls for endangered species protection, especially urgent
for many wildlife, like grizzly bears, that cross the border.
"Wildlife does not recognize political boundaries," said Joe Scott, international
conservation director at Conservation Northwest. "Species like lynx are seriously
endangered in the shared habitats of the US and BC, but are only protected south of
the border. Unfortunately protections for such vulnerable wildlife today are more
like legal dead-ends than two-way streets."