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October 2010

Conservation Connection October 2010

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In this issue:

  • Help spread the word
  • Wolf aware
  • Critters gain ground
  • BC's unprotected wildlife

A World Without 
          Wildlife is Scary!

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 Wildland Partner. You could win ski passes or camping gear while ensuring a healthy wild future for all of us. Please join today.

Wolf pup - Art Wolfe

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.



Mature Forest - Brett Baunton

All old forest wildlife benefit from gained habitat protections.
Photo: Brett Baunton





Forest Critters Gain Ground

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!



BC's Unprotected Wildlife

On the Edge: Crossborder wildlife need help in the face of climate change.








On the Edge: BC's Unprotected Wildlife

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."




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