Season update from the Cascades Wolverine Project
ConservationNWAdmin / Mar 20, 2019 / North Cascades, Wildlife Monitoring, Wolverine
Captivating wildlife photos are a strong start to the winter season for our partners at the Cascades Wolverine Project.
Photos and text by david moskowitz, cascades wolverine project
*Editor’s Note: David is a longtime Conservation Northwest colleague and contractor, including advising our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project. Conservation Northwest is a partner in the Cascades Wolverine Project, a grassroots effort to support wolverine research and recovery in Washington’s North Cascades by leveraging the skills of winter backcountry recreationists as wildlife observers and alpine stewards.
It’s been a good winter thus far for the Cascades Wolverine Project. We’re well into our second field season, and currently have seven installations running in three different watersheds in the North Cascades. We already have one wolverine detection!
We launched a new website and are working diligently to increase our outreach to the winter recreation community to help educate folks on the ecology of wolverines. We’re also providing them with opportunities to engage in citizen science by reporting potential wolverine tracks they might find while out in the North Cascades.
We’ve made some great progress already this season, but we’re still fundraising to help cover our costs for winter field work and enhance resources for citizen scientists hoping to contribute to wolverine conservation in the mountains so many of us love.
If you’re interested in supporting our work, please consider making a donation to the project!
There’s still so much to be learned about wolverines, but because they live in remote, rugged terrain, it’s difficult to study them. By using remote camera installations to document these incredibly rare carnivores, we’re trying to answer basic questions about their ecology, including their distribution, abundance and habitat relations.
In addition to partnering with Conservation Northwest, we collaborate with the Cascades Carnivore Project and biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service by sharing our data.
During our first winter season, we documented wolverines at three monitoring stations, connected with the backcountry ski community through public talks and social media, and provided high-quality wildlife photography to increase wolverine awareness, science and conservation in the North Cascades.
To help us meet our goals for the second winter season, which currently only has half its necessary funding, please consider making a contribution today! You can make a donation through Conservation Northwest—just enter “Cascades Wolverine Project” into the comment box. Alternatively, you can contribute to our GoFundMe page.
2019 Winter Season
Here are a few photos from the field this winter including a “sneak-peak” at our first wolverine detection. Stay tuned for more images of this beautiful animal and other adventures of ours from the field!