Conservation, Research and Education Opportunities International

Archive for 2018

Living with Wildlife

Vashon Nature Center
The goal of this project is to create a robust Living with Wildlife program combining outreach, community empowerment, and hands-on science to address Vashon-Maury Island’s unique challenges. We wish to empower residents to handle the presence of wildlife (in particular, large carnivores) and keep our rich marine resources safe from overharvest. Vashon-Maury Island Read more

Conserving native butterfly species in a Washington agroecosystem

Samantha Bussan and Cheryl Schultz, Washington State University Vancouver
Worldwide, many butterfly species are at risk due to the loss of native grasslands. In North America, agricultural intensification, fire suppression, urbanization, and biological invasions threaten grassland butterfly habitat. Since much of the area that was formerly grassland has been converted to agriculture, it is critical to Read more

Understanding algal blooms in Liberty Bay, WA

SEA Discovery Center

Liberty Bay experiences intense and episodic algal blooms, which is of concern to local residents who perceive that the blooms are ‘getting worse.’ Without a continuous record of monitoring estuarine conditions and algal bloom events, evaluating change over time is difficult. In 2017, we established a community volunteer program to conduct year-round monitoring to document: 1) frequency, Read more

Information system and stakeholder symposium to support the conservation of Olympic mudminnow

Julian Olden, University of Washington
This is a continuation of a 2017 CREOi award to support assessment of mudminnow populations in Washington State.
Olympic mudminnow (Novumbra hubbsi) are Washington State’s only endemic species, and yet are subject to challenges plaguing many noncommercial freshwater species; namely the lack of consistent research and monitoring leading to knowledge gaps that limit Read more

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

C. Vynne, Osprey Insights
photo credit: WSU and Osprey Insights
This project is a continuation of a 2016-2017 CREOi award to assess presence and density of Canada lynx in the Kettle River Mountain Range, an important east-west bridge for meta-populations of lynx and other wide-ranging species that occupy both the Cascades and Rocky Mountains. Based on camera trap Read more