Conservation Northwest

Conservation Northwest

The Conservation Connection

September 2016

I-90 Wildlife Bridges · Grizzly Bear Event · Grizzly Update · Canada Lynx · Planting Parties · Wildlife Day

WSDOT construction contractors installing pieces of an archway for the Keechelus Lake Wildlife Overcrossing, the first wildlife bridge over I-90. Photo: Chase Gunnell

WSDOT installing pieces of an archway for the Keechelus Lake Wildlife Overcrossing, the first wildlife bridge over I-90.
Photo: Chase Gunnell

Progress for I-90 wildlife bridge

Construction is moving forward on a major project to improve motorist safety and reconnect the north and south Cascades for wildlife!

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently reached a significant milestone in the construction of I-90's first "wildlife bridge," the Keechelus Lake Wildlife Overcrossing. When completed it will be the largest wildlife bridge in North America.

We've worked to make these wildlife crossings happen for more than a decade. We're thrilled to see them taking shape!
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Chris Morgan will share captivating stories and images celebrating this magnificent and ecologically critical animal.
Chris Morgan will share captivating stories and images celebrating this magnificent and ecologically critical animal.

Why Grizzly Bears? with filmmaker Chris Morgan

On Thursday, October 20, join us and other conservation and outdoor recreation leaders at the Mountaineers in Seattle for an evening with award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan. Tickets start at $5: whygrizzlybears.brownpapertickets.com

Chris will captivating stories and images from his travels in bears country. And he'll make the case for saving the endangered North Cascades Grizzly Bear population before it's too late.

DON'T MISS: A raffle at the event will feature awesome outdoor gear and other great prizes from Patagonia, Filson, Cascade Endurance, Second Ascent and Outdoor Research! Beer and cider will also be available for purchase.
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A grizzly bear takes a dip in Chilko Lake, British Columbia, while searching for sockeye salmon. Photo: Jeremy Williams
A grizzly bear takes a dip in Chilko Lake, British Columbia, while searching for sockeye salmon.
Photo: Jeremy Williams

What's next for North Cascades grizzlies

The road to grizzly bear restoration has been a long one. But the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement this fall will be pivotal in deciding the fate of the endangered grizzly bear population in the North Cascades.

Get the latest on grizzly bear restoration in Washington from our International Conservation Director at the link below.
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A Canada lynx documented by WSU researchers in northeast Washington's Kettle River Mountain Range. All photos: Washington State University and Working for Wildlife Initiative
A Canada lynx documented by researchers in northeast Washington's Kettle River Mountain Range.
Photos: WSU and Working for Wildlife Initiative

Lynx photographed in Washington's Kettle Range

This month, researchers from Washington State University made an important discovery for our state's rarest wildcat: they captured four images of a Canada lynx in northeast Washington's Kettle River Mountain Range.

The photos add momentum to conservation initiatives we're collaborating to restore and conserve the linkages between the Cascades and Kettle River Range for lynx and other species. Check out more photos of lynx at the link below!
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The crew from Gravity Payments after braving the rain restoring habitat near the new I-90 wildlife crossings. Photo: Alaina Kowitz
The crew from Gravity Payments after braving the rain restoring habitat near I-90 wildlife crossings.
Photo: Alaina Kowitz

Habitat restoration planting parties

A huge thank you to the teams from Gravity Payments and Microsoft who volunteered with us this month to restore habitat near the I-90 wildlife crossings!

Through our I-90 Wildlife Corridor Campaign, we engage volunteers to create more inviting wildlife habitat in the Gold Creek area by Keechelus Lake, which is near two wildlife underpasses that provide safe passage for animals moving north-south across the interstate. By weeding, mulching, and planting native vegetation, our volunteer groups help restore and improve habitat for fish and wildlife near the crossings, encouraging them to pass safely under I-90.
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We're fighting for habitat protections for the marbled murrelet in ancient coastal forests. Photo: Rick and Nora Bowers/Audubon
We're fighting for habitat protections for the marbled murrelet in ancient coastal forests.
Photo: Rick and Nora Bowers/Audubon

Celebrating National Wildlife Day

We're working hard to conserve and recover wildlife in Washington and southern British Columbia, from reintroducing fishers to supporting the restoration of the North Cascades grizzly bear, to protecting habitat for rare mountain caribou and marbled murrelets.

Learn more about our work for iconic wildlife in the blog post below.
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