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The last caribou herd in the Lower 48 states has dwindled from 11 animals last year to just three earlier this year. CREDIT: STEVE FORREST / U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE

‘They Aren’t Extinct.’ A Call For Redoubling Effort To Save Endangered Northwest Caribou

The last caribou herd in the Lower 48 is dwindling. According to aerial survey data collected earlier this spring, it’s down from 11 animals last year to just three. In recent weeks, national headlines have deemed the animals of the herd ‘functionally extinct.’ Continue Reading ‘They Aren’t Extinct.’ A Call For Redoubling Effort To Save Endangered Northwest Caribou

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Norma Sanchez, a Colville Tribal Council member, gave public testimony during a meeting on Columbia River Treaty negotiations hosted by the U.S. State Department.

Northwest Tribes Noticeably Left Off U.S. Panel Renegotiating Columbia River Treaty With Canada

Federal officials were in Spokane this week to talk about the future of the Columbia River Treaty, an agreement between the U.S. and Canada that dates back to 1964. A six-member panel will represent the U.S. in negotiations to update the treaty. Noticeably absent were members of any of the numerous Native American tribes along the Columbia, which have been pushing to expand the treaty. Continue Reading Northwest Tribes Noticeably Left Off U.S. Panel Renegotiating Columbia River Treaty With Canada

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Fish advocates say sending water through spill bays is the best way to ensure fish survival through dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers. CREDIT: CASSANDRA PROFITA

Bill Protecting Lower Snake River Dams In Washington Passes U.S. House, Moves To Senate

The U.S. House passed has approved a bill that would circumvent a federal judge’s order for dams on the lower Snake River to spill more water and protect current dam operations through the next four years. It was sponsored and pushed by two Washington state Republicans. Continue Reading Bill Protecting Lower Snake River Dams In Washington Passes U.S. House, Moves To Senate

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Scene from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire in Columbia River Gorge

Smoke-Filled Summers Suck. Health Officials Say Prepare Now For Long-Term Effects

Wildfire smoke can be annoying. It makes your eyes water and your nose run. But for some people with certain medical conditions, wildfire smoke can be especially unhealthy — and sometimes deadly. That’s why experts say people need to prepare before fires start. One big way to help: get an air filtration system. Continue Reading Smoke-Filled Summers Suck. Health Officials Say Prepare Now For Long-Term Effects

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A pod of bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales was spotted off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. CREDIT: LUKE HALPIN/HAPLIN WILDLIFE PRESERVE

Tropical Dolphins Are Appearing In Pacific Northwest Waters

While searching for seabirds in July of 2017, biologist Luke Halpin instead saw a sea bubbling with about 200 bottlenose dolphins and 70 false killer whales. It would be an unusual sight anywhere — bottlenose generally travel in much smaller groups — but Halpin’s sighting was made more remarkable by where it happened. These usually tropical animals were off the west coast of Canada. Continue Reading Tropical Dolphins Are Appearing In Pacific Northwest Waters

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