Conservation Connection - May 2015 Click to view this email in a browser

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May 2015

In this issue:

• Cascades Wolf
• Wildlife Monitoring
• Ghost Bears
• Bear Affair
• Teanaway Wolverines
• GiveBIG


February photo from our wildlife monitoring program of a gray wolf between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass. Photo CNW / CWMP

February photo from our wildlife monitoring program of a gray wolf between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass.
Photo CNW / CWMP




Wolf on Camera near Leavenworth
State and federal biologists have confirmed it: the animal in a photo captured by our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project in the Chiwaukum Mountains between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass is a gray wolf!

It's the first officially documented in the area since wolves began to recolonize Washington in the late 2000s. The animal is likely a dispersing wolf that traveled into or through the area. Still, it's an exciting discovery that shows Washington's wolves are expanding their range and moving west!

Check out more photos of this mysterious canine, and learn about how our Wildlife Monitoring Project helps document wolf recovery and other rare Northwest wildlife in this News Update.

CWMP volunteers at a recent training. Our volunteers, supporters and grantees make this import project a success! Photo: Alison Huyett

CWMP volunteers at a recent training. Our volunteers, supporters and grantees make this import project a success!
Photo: Alison Huyett



Wildlife Monitoring Report and Updates
May marked the kickoff of our 2015 Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project Season! This season we have over 67 volunteers in 27 teams out and about in the Cascades, northeast Washington, and British Columbia monitoring for rare and recovering wildlife.

They will be looking for wolves in Washington's south Cascades, grizzly bears in the North Cascades Ecosystem, wolverines around Stevens Pass and Lake Wenatchee, Canada lynx in the Rossland and Kettle Ranges, and monitoring wildlife movement throughout the I-90 Wildlife Corridor around Snoqualmie Pass.

Couldn't get out in the field with us this year? Join the program as a team sponsor! Every year we stock our volunteers with all the equipment and materials they need to manage their sites, and we need your help to get them ready to head out in the field.

 




We had a packed house at the Seattle REI this month for our last Ghost Bears presentation of the season. Photo: Chase Gunnell

We had a packed house at the Seattle REI this month for our last Ghost Bears presentation of the season.
Photo: Chase Gunnell



Ghost Bears Presentations Wrap up
Thanks to everyone who came out to our 'Ghost Bears: Studying Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades' presentations this past winter and spring with bear ecologist Bill Gaines, Ph.D., the National Parks Conservation Association and Western Wildlife Outreach!

Dr. Gaines will be taking a break from presenting this summer to head back into the North Cascades Ecosystem looking for elusive grizzly bears and other iconic predators.

When he returns from the field, we're hoping to host more presentations on grizzly bear recovery and the importance of this iconic species for our natural heritage and the health of our wild ecosystems.

 



With education and sensible precautions, recreating safely in bear country can be simple and straightforward. Photo: iStockphoto / David Rasmus

With education and sensible precautions, recreating safely in bear country can be simple and straightforward.
Photo: iStockphoto / David Rasmus



Join us at Bear Affair on June 6th
Learn about being "Bear Aware" in the outdoors this summer and see firsthand how bears can ransack an ill-prepared campsite at Woodland Park Zoo's Bear Affair on Saturday, July 6th.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with exciting and informative presentations through 3:00 p.m. Learn more on the Zoo's website.

Conservation Northwest will have a table sharing information about conserving and coexisting with North Cascades grizzly bears, Washington's wolves, and other iconic Northwest wildlife. We hope to see you there!

 



Wolverine photographed on remote camera in Washington's Central Cascades. Photo by the Central Cascades Wolverine Study, a partnership between WSDOT, WDFW and the U.S. Forest Service.

Wolverine photographed on remote camera in Washington's Central Cascades.
Photo by the Central Cascades Wolverine Study, a partnership between WSDOT, WDFW and the U.S. Forest Service.



Wolverines in the Teanaway Valley
Wolverines have been recolonizing the Cascade Mountains in recent years. Once locally extirpated, these elusive creatures have spread south from Canada since the early 2000's, with up to three dozen likely present in Washington's North Cascades today.

And this spring, researchers from the Central Cascades Wolverine Study captured some fantastic images of wolverines in the upper Teanaway Valley, including what's likely the area's new dominant male!

Unfortunately, even with less than 300 wolverines in the lower 48 states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has overruled its own biologists and abandoned proposed Endangered Species protections for wolverines. That's why we joined an Intent to Sue letter to ensure the agency follows well-established science and gives wolverines protections vital to their species' survival.

 



You raised over $28,600 for wildlife and wildlands during GiveBIG. THANK YOU!

You raised over $28,600 for wildlife and wildlands during GiveBIG. THANK YOU!



GiveBIG was a BIG Success!
May 5th was a great day for the wildlands and wildlife of our region. With your support, we raised over $28,600 through the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG! And that's not including the matching funds that will still come in.

Didn't get a chance to donate? Don't worry, you can always make a gift online through our secure webpage.

Thank you so much. We are truly grateful to each and every one of you for being a part of our conservation community. Together, we're keeping the Northwest wild for generations to come!

 




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