"Keeping the Northwest Wild" since 1989, Conservation Northwest champions rare and recovering wildlife and protects, connects and restores old-growth forests and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the B.C. Rockies.
Over a decade ago, Conservation Northwest began using citizen science as a way to fulfill our mission of protecting and connecting wildlife and wildlands from the Washington Coast to the B.C. Rockies. Although the technology has changed since then, we continue to train and deploy hundreds of citizen scientists each year throughout our mission area with the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project (CWMP). The project uses remote cameras and snow tracking to document rare and sensitive species throughout core areas, providing security habitat for rarer wildlife, as well as more common species in strategically important locations. Since its inception, CWMP has remained an asset to wildlife agencies and professionals by providing additive monitoring efforts in areas identified as potential core habitat for some of our region’s rarest wildlife. Our main project objectives are:
1. To engage and educate citizens on wildlife species and monitoring in critical habitat areas;
2. To record wildlife presence in the I-90 corridor and along the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project in strategic locations and in core habitat through remote cameras and snow tracking;
3. To record the presence of rare and sensitive species that regional and national conservation efforts aim to recover including fisher, gray wolf, grizzly bear, lynx, and wolverine;
4. To facilitate exchange of information on wildlife, including data from monitoring efforts, between public agencies, organizations, and interested individuals.