Huxley Speaker Series 11/10: Lorna and Darrell Smith on Charismatic Carnivores

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Lorna and Darrell Smith from Western Wildlife Outreach will discuss the status of large carnivores in Washington State at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

It’s an exciting time to be a large carnivore biologist or aficionado. Career wildlife biologists and ecologists Darrell and Lorna Smith have been immersed in carnivore issues since the mid-1980s. In their Speaker Series talk titled “Lions, Bears & Wolves: The Status of Large Charismatic Carnivores in Washington State,” they will discuss new developments and science-based knowledge in Carnivoran ecology, genetics and taxonomy, along with current population status and recovery issues. They will also talk about safety and human-Carnivoran coexistence.

Western Wildlife Outreach (WWO) grew out... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 11/3: WWU Alumna Rachel Vasak on Salmon Recovery

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Rachel Vasak, Executive Director of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, will discuss local salmon recovery efforts at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) sprang to life in the 1980s when a group of concerned volunteers united to try to reverse the trend of declining salmon runs in Whatcom County. In 1991, NSEA incorporated as a nonprofit, becoming one of 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups in Washington State. Over the years, NSEA crews, students and community volunteers have planted more than 250,000 trees and shrubs to turn degraded stream banks into functional buffers that improve water quality. Since 1999, more than 20,000 Whatcom County students have been involved in NSEA... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 3/10: Sam Cushman on Landscape Genetics

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Sam Cushman from the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station will discuss landscape genetics in carnivore conservation at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Landscape genetics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates approaches from landscape ecology and population genetics to explore how geographical and environmental features structure genetic variation in both individuals and populations. The current focus of the field is on assessing how landscapes facilitate the movement of organisms, a concept known as landscape connectivity.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Applications of Landscape Genetics, Connectivity Modeling, and Carnivore Conservation,” Cushman will present applications of... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 3/3: Jen Watkins on Habitat Connectivity

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Jen Watkins from Conservation Northwest will discuss habitat connectivity in the I-90 corridor at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In her Speaker Series talk titled “Connecting Wildlife in the Cascades: Maintaining and Restoring Habitat Connectivity in the I-90 Corridor,” Watkins will explain why the bottleneck of habitat around Interstate 90 just east and west of Snoqualmie Pass is so important for wildlife in light of a changing climate. Her talk will also highlight the historic efforts of public and private partners to maintain and restore habitat connectivity in this region.

Watkins began working with Conservation Northwest in 2001 as part of the outreach team for The Cascades Conservation Partnership. As Conservation Associate, she continues... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/18: Conservation Northwest's Joe Scott on Wildlife Border Issues

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Joe Scott from Conservation Northwest will discuss wildlife conservation in the Canada/US border region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 18 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Canada/US border region contains some of the wildest lands in the contiguous US but some of the most developed in western Canada. US federal and state wildlife and land management agencies and their Canadian counterparts have inconsistent wildlife laws, policies and mandates. Conservation NGOs on either side of the international border often have different priorities, capacities and perspectives on issues affecting wildlife, habitat and economic development.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Conservation Across Borders,” Scott will describe how Conservation Northwest has straddled the 49th... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/11: Mitch Friedman on Recovering Washington's Carnivores

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Mitch Friedman from Conservation Northwest will discuss Washington carnivore populations at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Recovering Washington’s Carnivores,” Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman will present on Washington’s carnivore populations, including gray wolves, wolverine, fisher, lynx and grizzly bear. He will also highlight the types of conservation efforts being used to recover these species to health and viability.

Since 1989, Mitch has served at the helm of Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to creative conservation. A founding board member of The Wildlands Network, Western Lands Alliance, and the... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 11/12: Becky Petersen on Land Preservation in King County

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Western alumna Becky Petersen from King County will discuss land acquisition issues as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 12 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The mission of King County’s Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) is to protect the region’s water and lands so that residents can enjoy them safely today and for generations to come. In her Speaker Series talk titled, “Conservation and Preservation: Saving Lands for Future Generations,” Acquisition Project Manager Becky Petersen will offer insight into how—and why—the land acquisition group acquires property throughout King County... Read more

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Huxley Speaker Series 5/7: Stuart Weiss on Conservation of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Stuart B. Weiss from the Creekside Center for Earth Observation will speak on climate change and the Bay checkerspot butterfly at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The environment in the 21st century is radically different from previous eras, with rapid climate change, widespread nitrogen pollution, invasive species, and land-use changes rearranging species distributions and ecosystem processes. In his talk titled "Conservation in a Brave New Environment: Climate, Nitrogen Deposition, and the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly" Weiss will present a history of conservation of the threatened Bay checkerspot butterfly and its spectacular serpentine grassland habitat in the context of these changes. He will also describe how the... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/19: Huxley Alum Julann Spromberg on Mortality Syndrome in Coho Salmon

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Western alumna Dr. Julann Spromberg, a toxicologist with NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, will discuss the impact of storm water runoff on Coho salmon at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 19 in Communications Facility 120. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Adult Coho salmon return each fall to freshwater spawning habitats throughout western North America. The Coho spawner migration coincides with increasing seasonal rainfall, which in turn increases storm water runoff, particularly in urban and suburban watersheds. For more than a decade, adult Coho in urban spawning habitats have been dying prematurely, often at rates exceeding 50% of the fall run. Such high levels of mortality are a significant concern for the long-term conservation and recovery of wild Coho, particularly those population segments vulnerable to development pressures in northern California... Read more

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