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Orca Research
6:13 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Do You Hear What I Hear? Researchers Record Orcas Underwater

A male orca seen by the northwest tip of Steward Island in the Puget Sound.
Photo by Erik Stockdale Wikimedia Commons

The waters of Puget Sound are a pretty noisy place, if you’re an orca. But what does a passing tanker ship or motorboat sound like to a killer whale? How does it affect their behavior? Ashley Ahearn reports researchers are trying to find out.

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Wolf Kill Order
6:19 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Wolf Kill Order Re-Issued For Washington's Wedge Pack

Photo by: Gunnar Ries Amphibol Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has re-issued the kill order for four wolves in a pack in the Northeastern corner of the state. Starting Wednesday marksmen will take to the field, Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Wolf Pack Reprieve
6:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

4 Wolves Get A Reprieve From Government Kill Order

State officials have called off orders to kill four members of a wolf pack in Northeastern Washington. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Diving Ban
5:52 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Crater Lake National Park Bans Scuba Diving, Fearing Invasives

National park officials have abruptly closed Crater Lake to scuba divers. They say they need time to develop rules to keep invasive species out of the Southern Oregon lake. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

Scuba diving in Crater Lake is tricky. The lake sits on the Cascade crest at about 6,000 feet. So divers have to take precautions to handle the elevation. And then there’s the steep, rocky trail to the lake shore. Diver Walt Bolton says it’s worth the hike.

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Idaho Wildlife Summit
6:47 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Idaho Wildlife Summit Considered A Success

Attendees at a lecture during the Idaho Wildlife Summit.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

Idaho’s Fish and Game Department told stakeholders this weekend they are losing funding for valuable wildlife conservation programs. This weekend’s public summit was held to get some help from the people they serve. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Salmon Festival
6:43 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Sawtooth Salmon Festival Highlights Idaho's Protected Salmon

EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz with intern Annie Morrison, dressed up as Lonesome Larry.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

The annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival brought in many visitors to Stanley in central Idaho this weekend. That’s despite a nearby wildfire that’s brought in smoke to the area.

The festival coincides with the return of sockeye and chinook salmon to the Stanley area. So far 160 sockeye have arrived so far. That’s down from the hundreds that showed up last year.

Annie Morrison is an intern at Idaho Rivers United, which organized the event. She says festival goers got a chance to see salmon spawning.

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Stream Temperature
7:26 am
Fri August 24, 2012

USDA Funds Effort To Cool Northwest Streams With Credit Trading

Two Oregon conservation groups have a new idea for cooling down streams. Their plan is similar to the credits used to offset carbon emissions. And today, the federal government is backing the plan with a grant. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix explains.

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Seafood Consumption
6:15 am
Wed August 22, 2012

State Changes Course On Water Regulation

The Department of Ecology recently decided not to change the fish consumption rate in Washington. The rate is important because it drives regulatory standards for water quality. In other words how much seafood we eat determines how clean our water is.Indian tribes and environmentalists say the current rate is dangerously low. Lesley McClurg explains.

Jim Peters has been a longtime fisherman.

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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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Sockeye Salmon
5:55 am
Mon July 30, 2012

First Sockeye Reach Idaho's Stanley Basin

This is the Sawtooth trap where the first sockeye returned to in 2012.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

The first sockeye arrived in Idaho’s Salmon River this week -- That’s later than usual. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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