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May 2009

Conservation Connection May 2009

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In this issue:

  • We have fisher kits!
  • It's the Colville calling
  • Celebrating 20 years

Olympic fisher with kit

The young of fishers, and all mustelids, are called kits. And fisher kits we've got on the Peninsula!
Photo: WA Department of Fish and Wildlife




Fishers Newly Born in the Olympics

State and federal biologists have recorded the first fisher family native-born to Washington since their return to the forests after nearly 80 years. Weeks ago, researchers spotted the female, thought to be pregnant, at a big old snag heavily marked with cavities created by pileated woodpeckers, important den sites for fishers. Remote camera images taken at the snag show a mother fisher carrying her litter of four kits, one at a time, from the den tree in the Elwha. Females commonly move their young to new dens, biologists say, as the kits become more mobile.

The fisher's return to the deep forests of the Olympics is the culmination of a reintroduction partnership that Conservation Northwest helped launch with support from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society. The kits are evidence of healthy recovery of an endangered animal just returned to Olympic National Park 18 months ago–thrilling news on the path to reweaving a web of life long missing from the Peninsula.

[ Read more about the kits] ~ [See their trip to a new den] ~ [ABCs of recovery]


Wild landscapes like this at Quartzite are worth protecting, and worth a letter to the Forest Service.
Eric Zamora

Exciting Steps to Wilderness Protection

From the Kettle Crest to Hoodoo Canyon to Grassy Top Mountain, the future of lands proposed for wilderness for nearly four decades will very soon be determined by Colville National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell. Your letter to him today can help shape just how many acres of wilderness in our backyard are conserved for future generations. Urge him not to delay in releasing those recommendations to the public. Our wild forests deserve rapid attention.

Recommending wilderness is an important, historic step in developing a balanced forest plan that includes protecting roadless lands for quiet human-powered recreation, wildlife habitat, and habitat connections. Thank you for taking action!

[Send a letter] ~ [Take a cool summer hike] ~ [ Join us to welcome wilderness visionary Doug Scott] ~ [ Read how a novel coalition has changed the dynamic toward balance in the woods]


Auction action

Our auction is super special this year, as we mark 20 years of keeping the Northwest wild.
Photo: Gary Ide


20 Years Strong, Come Celebrate with Us!

Tables are filling fast, but there's still room for you at our 2009 "Hope for a Wild Future" auction on June 10th. This year the stars of the evening are owls, lynx, bears, wolves, and woodpeckers, and the wild lands they call home. Renowned photographer and author of The Owl and the Woodpecker Paul Bannick takes you on a stunning photographic journey through wilderness, and state senate majority leader Lisa Brown emcees the evening's festivities.

This year's venue, the Pacific Science Center, offers new adventures for our youngest members while you enjoy mingling with friends, a delicious dinner, and spirited bidding on great items and unique adventures of your own. We hope to see you there!

[Reserve your place now online] ~ [ Peruse the goodies in our online catalog] ~ [Donate for success]




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