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Archive for 2016

Tracking sea star wasting disease using trained recreational divers

Joseph K. Gaydos, The SeaDoc Society
Figure 1. Preliminary impressions from these 100 surveys suggest that leather sea stars (shown here at Hick’s Bay Wall on 9/20/16) continue to be abundant after the sea star wasting disease outbreak.
For three years, SeaDoc has been working with REEF Environmental Education Foundation to use trained recreational SCUBA divers to Read more

The Skykomish Beaver Project: Building educational opportunities for aspiring ecologists

B.J. Dittbrenner, University of Washington/Beavers Northwest
This project is a continuation of a 2015 CREOi award investigating the impacts of reintroduced beavers on ecosystem resilience. The 2016 grant supports employment of one to two interns in 2016-17, who will assist with trapping, processing, and relocating beavers. They will also participate in field monitoring, including collection of hydrologic data, beaver tracking, vegetation and Read more

Bear Smart King County

Western Wildlife Outreach
Western Wildlife Outreach (WWO) has been active in Washington and Idaho communities for the past twelve years promoting a science-based understanding of large carnivores native to the Pacific Northwest – primarily black bear, grizzly bear, gray wolf and cougar. WWO works with wildlife agencies and other NGOs to reach out to local Read more

Citizen Science Kelp Project: Mapping and monitoring the spatial distribution of local bull kelp populations

Northwest Straits Foundation
Project goal: Ensure the successful oversight of 2016 bull kelp monitoring by citizen scientists in northern Puget Sound, including educational outreach and incorporation of survey data into SoundIQ.
Of the 23 species of large brown algae native to Puget Sound, bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) is the largest. Reaching a canopy height of 60’ or more, Read more

Assessing the status of Canada lynx in the Kettle River Mountain Range

C. Vynne, Osprey Insights
Canada lynx, one of three wild cats native to Washington State, depend on large pristine tracts of boreal forest habitat with ample snowshoe hare and persistent deep snow. In Washington, lynx populations steeply declined due to trapping and habitat degradation and they were afforded Federal protection under the Endangered Species Act in Read more

Bird diversity, resource use and nesting success in restored and unrestored riparian buffers, Snoqualmie Valley, WA

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
Common yellowthroat in field-edge grasses. Photo courtesy of Dr. John Marzluff
In 2016, Conservation Research and Education Opportunities International provided Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center with a grant to study bird diversity and habitat use on the 240 acres of agricultural and forest land managed by Oxbow.  Data were collected from point Read more