Lively report released on Cascades wildlife
Dec 04, 2008
Hot off the press comes first year results from citizen monitoring of Cascades wildlife. Thousands of images of wildlife captured on camera by Conservation Northwest and others this past spring and summer are documented in the newly released report.
Hot off the press comes first year results from citizen monitoring of Cascades wildlife. Thousands of images of wildlife captured on camera this past spring and summer by citizen volunteers are documented in the newly released report.
The Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, sponsored by Conservation Northwest, the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, and Wilderness Awareness School, this year met bold goals, to engage and educate citizens in wildlife science, record wildlife presence at key connectivity locations along the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, record the presence of rare and sensitive wildlife throughout Washington's Central and North Cascades, and coordinate communications and data between interested parties.
Thousands of photographic images captured by 43 cameras document the diversity of species along a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 90 and in important public lands habitat, most well removed from roads and disturbance, in the Cascades. The remote cameras not only, to much fanfare, documented the first resident wild wolf pack in Washington since the 1930s, but also a lynx in the Pasayten Wilderness, and a Cascades red fox in the Teanaway.
"There was a great diversity of species recorded on our cameras," said Conservation Northwest's Marlo Mytty, project coordinator. "You don't realize or think about all the wildlife that's out there that you're not seeing."