National Wildlife Day is on Sunday, September 4, 2016!
By Alaina Kowitz, Conservation and Outreach Associate
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. Learn more about our work for iconic wildlife with the photos below!
Pacific fisher released into the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest as part of a multi-year reintroduction project. Our successful reintroduction efforts in Washington's Olympic and Cascade mountains are rebuilding population of this native member of the weasel family. Photo: Paul Bannick Photography. More info: www.conservationnw.org/fishers
Grizzly bear cub eating sedge. The North Cascades ecosystem is one of the largest swaths of prime grizzly bear habitat left in the lower 48, though it's estimated fewer than 10 grizzlies currently live there. We've led the charge for over 20 years to help restore this severely endangered population. Photo: iStockphoto.com. More info: www.conservationnw.org/grizzly
Mountain caribou in the Selkirk Mountains. We helped protect five million acres in the Inland Temperate Rainforest of British Columbia, connecting vital caribout habiat in the Selkirks down to the U.S. border. We continue to support caribou recovery efforts in Washington and British Columbia. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More info: www.conservationnw.org/caribou
Marbled Murrelet, a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests and feeds in the Pacific Ocean. We're fighting for habitat protections for the murrelet in ancient coastal forests. Photo: Rick and Nora Bowers/Audubon. More info:www.conservationnw.org/murrelet
Canada lynx in the British Columbia Kettle River Mountain Range, just north of the Washington border. We're lobbying for critical habitat protections and connections in the Northwest, including in Okanogan County and the Kettle River Range. We're also empowering volunteers to help document and monitor lynx populations in both Washington and British Columbia. Photo: Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project (CWMP). More info:www.conservationnw.org/lynx
Gray wolf near Leavenworth, Washington. Wolves are making a natural comeback in Washington state. We advocate for policies to support long term wolf recovery and help reduce conflicts between wolves and rural communities, building the vital tolerance needed for coeixstence with these important native carnivores. Photo: CWMP. More info: www.conservationnw.org/wolves
A mature bull elk in the Interstate 90 corridor. Wildlife under- and overpasses on Interstate 90 are helping animals make safe passage through this important wildlife migration corridor. Since 2000, through The Cascades Conservation Partnership and the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, we've led efforts to reconnect Washington’s north and south Cascades by protecting and restoring habitat and establishing safe wildlife crossings under and over I-90. Photo: CWMP. More info:www.conservationnw.org/i90
Cougar and three cubs in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest. Conservation Northwest advocates for sensible cougar conservation and management policies, as well as maintaining sustainable prey populations and protecting cougar habitat. Our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project has also captured some amazing photos and videos of cougars in Washington, including this one! Photo: CWMP. More info: www.conservationnw.org/cougar
Wolverine near Stevens Pass, Washington. These snowpack-dependent carnivores are elusive in the Northwest, but we're monitoring natural recovery in the Cascades and ensuring they get the Endangered Species Act protections they need to survive. We've also made several documentations of wolverines in new areas of Washington through out Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, including near Stevens Pass, Leavenworth and north of Lake Wenatchee. Photo: CWMP. More info:www.conservationnw.org/wolverine