One of the key factors in establishing PDXSeafood, our sustainable seafood program, is the declining status of the worlds overfished oceans. I recently came across an article that was informative and worth a read. Click on the link below to access the article.
One of the wonderful scientists on our advisory board, Anne Warner, just sent this around to me and so I thought I’d share.
“There are so few ways to fund conservation work in this state I want to support this novel approach and help get the word out about this opportunity to help the ODFW raise dedicated funding to support Oregon Conservation Strategy implementation efforts.
Proceeds from ODFW’s 2012 Habitat Conservation Stamp will fund habitat conservation projects with a focus on grasslands—one of the most imperiled habitats in Oregon. Stamps sell for $40 and include a free ODFW Wildlife Area Parking Pass (a $22 value). Stamps and prints are available for purchase online at ODFW’s website or anywhere fishing and hunting licenses are sold. More information can be found at, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/habitat_conservation_stamp.asp
Please join us and help spread the news about this new opportunity to generate dedicated funding to support conservation efforts associated with the Oregon Conservation Strategy and Oregon Nearshore Strategy. I have also attached a copy of the order form which you can print out and mail or fax back to ODFW.”
If you’ve been interested in the status of wolves in Oregon since they were delisted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2010 you’re not alone – in fact, the wildlife conservation news website The Wildlife News has an entire category dedicated to Oregon wolf news updates, which can be found here: http://www.thewildlifenews.com/category/wolves/oregon-wolves/. At the end of 2011 the population of wolves known to be living in Oregon had grown slightly to 25 animals, mostly within the NE corner of the state. This area is not known for being welcoming of the increased presence of these residents, who migrated in from Idaho and only began establishing stable packs in Oregon in 2007 (see the article by Dr. Ralph Maughan, professor emeritus at Idaho State University, for full details: http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2011/12/28/at-years-end-25-wolves-in-oregon/).
Oregon wolves have been making waves in national news as well due to their meandering ways. A young adult male wolf has traveled nearly 1,000 miles from NE Oregon, past Bend and Ashland into the Lassen/Mt. Shasta area. Formerly known as “OR-7″ this wolf has been dubbed “Journey” through a naming contest hosted by Oregon Wild, and his dispersal into California in search of a mate has been compared to the classic search for love and emotion described by the song ‘Don’t Stop Believing” on national news! You can read more and see the NBC nightly news video about Journey on the Oregon Wild website here: http://www.oregonwild.org/about/blog/don-t-stop-believin/
Oregon Wild hosts some pretty cool hikes/outings throughout the year which are perfect for families to get out and enjoy nature. One that we have our eye on is coming up on Oct 22 from 08:15 am to 06:00 pm. It’s a moderate, 4 to 5 mile round trip, mushroom and plant identification hike into newly designated Wilderness (NOT the Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge) and the existing Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness Area–north east of Estacada.
Sign up for the hike here.(Sign up includes an evening instructional presentation with naturalist Wendell Wood on the evening of Tuesday, October 18th.)
Help Oregon Wild continue to provide high-quality, guided hikes into Oregon’s spectacular wildlands by making a small donation (suggested $5-$10 dollar). To join Oregon Wild please click here. You’ll probably come back with a couple of these guys to cook up!