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Past Stories

‘Wildlife & Wilderness’ Articles

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Coyotes maybe the species most adept at adapting to changing habitats, climates and human activities. These tricksters thrive where other predators pass away.   One story stands out in my memory. I don’t remember the exact words—they don’t matter—but the story sticks with me: Long before European settlers touched foot in the Pacific Northwest, back [Continued...]

Where the Wild Things Are: Black Bears

Where the Wild Things Are: Black Bears

Now that photographic proof confirms the return of grizzlies to the North Cascades, it’s easy to lose let our other resident bruin slip from our minds. But black bears deserve our full attention. These beautiful beasts inhabit every bit of our state, including many of our most urban neighborhoods. Geographically, Washington is the smallest of [Continued...]

Spring in the Desert

For a Northwesterner, getting away from the late winter rains can be a requirement for continued sound mental health. My work as a Communications Expert (?) with the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency provided the perfect opportunity for me to escape south into the sunshine this month. The annual National Air Quality Conference (NAQC) – [Continued...]

Where the Wild Things Are: Lynx and bobcats

When two sets of tracks converge in the woods, and only one set leads away, there is little doubt what happened. While hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail near Government meadows on a sunny November morning, I discovered the unmistakable tracks of a snowshoe hare in the 10 inches of fresh snow  that blanketed the [Continued...]

The Joys of “Summer”

The Joys of “Summer”

Thursday, Donna and I headed up out of the Cle Elum River Valley to spend a few days in the high Alpine country of the Tuck and Robin basins. We hit Tuck by 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and Robin an hour later. But the high, granite basin which nestles Robin Lakes (6,200 feet elevation) was quickly [Continued...]

Glacier Peak Wilderness Gains a Ridge

Glacier Peak Wilderness Gains a Ridge

Start up the Suiattle River Trail and continue on past Sunnybrook Camp. Stay left at the next junction, and after climbing through some of the most spectacular hillside meadows in the North-Central Cascades, you’ll find yourself on Miner’s Ridge, between the old Miner’s Ridge Lookout (6,210-feet) and Image Lake (6,050 feet). That hasn’t changed in [Continued...]

Wild resources (fish, wildlife, recreation) under attack

Why do Washington’s politicians (of both parties) hate the Department of Fish and Wildlife? Not all, fortunately, but enough to put our fish and wildlife resources in jeopardy. First, the legislature slashed the WDFW budget by 30 percent last year. Everything from enforcement to salmon recovery suffered from that budget bashing. Then, this year, the [Continued...]

Fishers Return to their Ancestorial Homes

Fishers Return to their Ancestorial Homes

Not a creature was stirring, except for the 40 or so fishers being reintroduced to the former habitat in Olympic National Park., Fishers, a small predatory mammal, rarely eats fish. These close cousins of martens and weasels are mostly nocturnal hunters of any small critters, including birds and occasionally fish, that live in the forest. [Continued...]

Holiday Gift for Washington Wilderness Enthusiasts

Thanks to a push from Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, legislation that expands Washington Alpine Lakes Wilderess Area moved one giant step closer to completion. The Proposed legislation received Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approval and now awaits full Senate Confirmation. The legislation includes an Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions as well as protections [Continued...]

Christmas comes early for conservation program

In a move that would have made Tim Burton’s Jack Skellington proud, Congress gave conservationists a Christmas gift this Halloween! After years of frighteningly low levels of funding, Congress gave an incredible gift this Oct. 30 to the Department of Interior – most notably, the National Parks Service and the vital Land & Water Conservation [Continued...]

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