Sick Birds in Washington State Prompt Call for Winter Feeding Ban

Due to a recent die-off of finches and other songbirds, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife wants residents to remove or clean bird feeders daily until April 1 to prevent the spread of salmonellosis, a common and usually fatal bird disease caused by the salmonella bacteria. When birds flock together in large numbers at feeders, they can transmit the disease through droppings and saliva.

A wolverine animal walking through the snow.

Saving Wolverines

In October the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied protection for this species under the Endangered Species Act. Many conservation organizations including Earthjustice and Conservation Northwest have been working for over 20 years to get this species listed. With the continued reduction in snowpack, these organizations are concerned that without additional protections the U.S. Forest …

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A wolverine animal walking through the snow.

The Elusive Wolverine

Gulo gulo, the gluttonous one. Wolverines are one the feistiest and most elusive carnivores in the north. Even among fierce predators of the Mustelidae or weasel family, wolverines are above and beyond. They have been known to fend off a grizzly bear from a kill and, when opportunity arises, hunt animals many times their size—like deer.   They are the largest member of the …

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Scanning for Wolves

By Travis Laurence Naught Northeastern Yellowstone National Park is unbelievably wild. A dear friend of mine has taken a group of university students there for a week every summer since 2005. They watch wolves and write. Teeming herds of large mammals, expansive vistas, and the surging power of nature aid these practicing authors. Most writers don’t get a week like this—especially writers like …

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Wildlife Travels

The movement of wildlife is crucial to their survival. Salmon travel from the ocean to the river to spawn, field mice scurry along hedgerows to avoid predation, and caribou traverse thousands of miles to search for wintering grounds. Wildlife corridors are the routes, relatively unhindered by human activity, that wild animals travel to meet many of their primary needs: food, shelter, and reproduction. Nature has a way of spreading animals across the …

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A pangolin on a tree limb.

Wildlife Origins of COVID-19

If animals become too crowded, they can more easily spread viral and bacterial diseases. This can become exasperated when humans artificially crowd animals, particularly bringing a large variety of different species together, like in the wildlife farms and wet markets where the COVID-19 outbreak started. In these situations, diseases can spread rapidly, evolve, and jump from one species to the …

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