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Archive for 2017

Traffic and roadway impacts on amphibian diversity and distribution in the Snoqualmie Valley, WA

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
This is a companion project to a 2016 CREOi award.
Globally, amphibians are the most threatened group of vertebrates. Seasonal migration of amphibians from summer breeding ponds to winter upland habitats makes them particularly sensitive to landscape fragmentation and urbanization. In rapidly-urbanizing western Washington State, the Snoqualmie River Valley represents a rural area Read more

Large predator competition in an urbanizing world: Cougar and black bear interactions along the wildland-urban gradient of western Washington

Clint Robins, University of Washington
Humans have historically altered ecosystem structure through landscape manipulation, leaving “remnants,” or refuge patches of suitable habitat amidst inhospitable terrain. Large carnivores tend to be especially vulnerable to such habitat alterations because they often occur at low densities, have slow reproductive rates, and wide-ranging behavior necessitated by high food requirements. Multiple Read more

Discovering Island Biodiversity in the Salish Sea

Vashon Nature Center
Globally, islands are special places of concern for biological diversity because they are species-rich yet also highly vulnerable. Islands make up 5% of the land area of earth but house 20% of all bird, rodent and flowering plant species and 37% of critically endangered species; they have also hosted 61% of all recorded Read more

Restoring an endemic species to native tidelands: Olympia oysters in Swinomish pocket estuaries

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

This project is a continuation of a 2015-2016 CREOi award, supporting restoration of the Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida), which has played an important ecological and cultural role as Washington’s only native oyster. Since 2012, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (SITC) has been collaborating with regional partners on a long-term restoration project to reestablish, expand, and Read more

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

C. Vynne, Osprey Insights
This project was a continuation of a 2016 CREOi award. Canada lynx, one of three wild cat species 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 Read more

Identifying conservation challenges and opportunities for the endemic Olympic mudminnow

Julian Olden, University of Washington
Cryptic and difficult to find, but once discovered the Olympic mudminnow is both colorful and full of charisma.
Olympic mudminnow (Novumbra hubbsi) are Washington State’s only endemic fish species, and yet are subject to challenges plaguing many noncommercial freshwater species; namely, the lack of consistent research and monitoring, leading to knowledge gaps Read more