Conservation

Idaho's Salmon River Restoration
4:51 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

America's Great Outdoors Project Underway In Idaho

Anne Castle, an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior, visited Idaho a few days ago.
Aaron Kunz Boise State Public Radio

Restoration work to make a section of Idaho’s Salmon River better for salmon and steelhead is about to get underway. It’s also the focus of a nationwide campaign dedicated to conservation.

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Chimpanzee Sanctuary
5:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Just Barely Survives Kittitas Wildfire

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest executive director Sarah Baeckler looks at the partially charred outdoor chimp enclosure.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Firefighters on the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington are hoping to make major progress Wednesday toward containment of the blaze. The Kittitas County sheriff's office estimates more than 70 homes and cabins have been destroyed. The fire has chased hundreds of people from their homes. Amidst the ashes, correspondent Tom Banse found one unusual story of survival.

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Wildlife Drone Monitoring
6:08 am
Tue July 24, 2012

ODFW to Launch Unmanned Drone on Oregon Coast

Wildlife officials plan to launch an unmanned aircraft on the Oregon coast. They hope the drone will allow them to monitor seabird populations on hard-to-reach rocky islands that serve as nesting grounds. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Gillnet Fishing
6:14 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Campaign Says Gillnet Ban Heading To Oregon Ballot

Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures
Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election. Oregon requires more than 87,000 valid signatures on petitions for initiatives that change state law.

Eric Stachon is spokesman for the Stop Gillnets Now Coalition. He says the group turned in more than 138-thousand signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State.

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Pygmy Rabbit Breeding
6:51 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Pygmy Rabbits Successful Breeding A Step Forward

Pygmy rabbits are the smallest rabbits in North America.
Photo courtesy Oregon Zoo

It’s been a decade-long struggle for Washington’s pygmy rabbits. The palm-sized bunnies have been all but wiped out from the state. And efforts to breed them in captivity were failing. So, biologists are now attempting to breed the rabbits in their natural habitat. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt explains, the pygmy rabbits are finally doing what rabbits are supposed to do.

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Ocean Floor Ecology
6:28 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Deep-Sea Stowaways Get A Leg Up From Scientists

Scientists working more than a mile underwater off the Washington coast have learned that the bottom of the ocean is surprisingly vulnerable to human disturbance. Even from scientists. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Hatchery Fish
6:46 am
Thu June 7, 2012

NW Tribes Working on Hatchery Reform Using Genetics

There is a growing concern that hatcheries could cause our Northwest fish to lose their wild streak -- and ability to survive. A laboratory in Idaho hopes to change that. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Sea Lion Poaching
7:01 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Sea Lions Found In Columbia River Killed By Gunshot

Since April, 20 sea lions have washed up dead in Oregon and Washington. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn reports the majority of the animals were shot.

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Sandhill Crane Recovery
6:24 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Sandhill Cranes Make A Noisy Comeback In The Cascades

A pair of Sandhill Cranes nesting near Howard Prairie Lake, in the Cascades.
Photo by Amelia Templeton Earthfix

Hunters once killed nearly all the greater sandhill cranes in Oregon and Washington. But the local crane population has made a comeback. In June, in the mountain lakes of the Cascades, you might hear a pair defending its nest. Amelia Templeton reports.

Most sandhill crane chicks hatch in May. If you get too close to a nest, mom and dad will throw back their heads and beat their wings. This pair is nesting near Howard Prairie Lake, in the Cascades. The adults are grey, with red caps. And they’re about the size and weight of a sixth grader.

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Black-Tailed Deer Research
6:23 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Managing Black-Tailed Deer Through Their Diets

A black-tailed deer grazes on the Palouse.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

PULLMAN, Wash. – Black-tailed deer roam forested areas of western Washington and Oregon, but some say their numbers are declining. Scientists suspect that’s because these deer are having trouble finding food to eat. Correspondent Courtney Flatt spoke with researchers who are studying black-tailed deer’s diet. Once they know what deer like to munch on, wildlife managers can make sure those plants keep growing in the wild.

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