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W.R.I. Speaker Series-Cascade Red Fox & Wolverines!
November 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wenatchee River Institute Speaker Series-Washington Wildlife!
Learn more about some of Washington’s dynamic wildlife projects. Every Tuesday in November, Wenatchee River Institute’s Science Speaker Series will focus on Washington wildlife and projects studying their populations and habitats: the Olympic National Park goat relocation project, Cascade Carnivore Project, I-90 wildlife overpass, and Grouse in the Columbia Basin.
The series will be held at Cashmere’s Milepost 111 Brewing Co. on Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26, with doors opening at 6pm and presentations from 6:30pm to 8pm. Enjoy complimentary appetizers with special drinks and menu items available for purchase.
Nov. 12 – The Cascade Red Fox and Wolverine with Jocelyn Akins PhD, Cascade Carnivore Project Conservation Director:
The Cascades Carnivore Project (CCP) is a conservation research organization based in Hood River, Oregon promoting the conservation of rare carnivores and their ecosystems in the Cascade Range. They accomplish these efforts through scientific research and collaboration with citizen scientists, leading the conservation of Cascade red fox, a rare mountain fox found only in the Washington Cascade range.
“The Cascade red fox is an extremely rare native fox living in our Cascade Mountains and is unique to Washington. This fox has an extremely big home range and a low genetic diversity –we don’t even know how many there are, often seeing the same fox in different locations,” explains Akins.
CCP is also documenting the natural recolonization of wolverines into southern Washington, and recently identified the first (in over 50 years!) natal wolverine den documented in WA’s southern Cascade Range. CCP has identified climate change as the biggest threat to native animal species inhabiting alpine and sub-alpine terrain, and is making efforts to support these populations for long-term persistence.