Environmental Lessons, Past and Future

Passenger Pigeon in captivity

Passenger Pigeons were driven extinct by hunting and habitat destruction over the 19th century, plummeting from a population of 3 to 5 million pigeons in the United States when Europeans arrived.

As the Earth’s population and our consumption of material goods have skyrocketed since the Industrial Revolution and before, man’s impact on the environment has kept pace. Each century, we seem to follow a pattern of environmental mistakes until finally we learn a new lesson about how our individual actions can cumulatively have major environmental impacts.

As we realize our mistake, we generally take responsibility and take steps to prevent or minimize that problem. Through restorations and cleanups, we’re atoning for the environmental sins that our ancestors made unwittingly. But some mistakes are not undoable; some are permanent.

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Carnivore Conservation: Efforts in Cascadia and How You Can Help (Part 4 of 4)

Photographing bobcat tracks

Bobcat tracks carefully documented for the Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project through Conservation Northwest.

In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are the iconic species that draw attention and funding; but carnivores are essential components of our ecosystems too. The states and wildlife conservation groups like Conservation Northwest are working to monitor and protect carnivore populations throughout the region.

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

illustration of slicing a butternut squashStumped about what to serve your vegetarian family and friends at Thanksgiving? Tired of serving the same things every year, and need some new ideas? I’m a little tired of stuffed squash myself, so I’m suggesting a galette or pot pie as the main course instead.

Here’s a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu with recommended recipes. Make the whole feast or pick some extra vegetable sides so the vegetarian at your table has some more variety — they’ll appreciate it!

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The Perils of Being a First Time Visitor

The first time you visit a new wild place is ripe with opportunity and fraught with high expectations. You don’t know when or if you’ll ever be back, so there’s the temptation to “do it all”, to cross it off the checklist — but nature’s not something you can cross off. It’s never complete, never fully understood.

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