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Posted to Conservation Corner by Allan Warren
After two years of work, the Puyallup River Watershed Council has successfully elevated the Puyallup – White River Watershed as a vital area of focus for ecosystem recovery, both for the region, and nationally. On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council unanimously voted to make the Puyallup River Watershed Council a new Local Integrating Organization (LIO), ensuring that recovery of the local ecosystem is community based and supported by local, state, and federal agencies.
Posted to Environmental Education by Allan Warren
In July we resumed our summer ECO Camp with kids from the Salishan neighborhood of east Tacoma. Over the course of two weeks we trekked into Swan Creek Park to look at stream bugs, visited community gardens in the neighborhood, practiced rock climbing near the Eastside Community Center, and went on more outdoor adventures. It was great to get the kids outside in the nice summer weather and explore some of the interesting features that neighborhood has to offer.
Conservation districts from across the state joined forces to host a virtual State Envirothon competition this spring. A total of 11 high schools, including 3 from Pierce County, competed in this new format to test their natural resource knowledge. When the dust settled, Garfield-Palouse emerged as the top finishers (Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute placed 3rd overall). The team of 5 high schoolers earned the right to represent our state at the North American competition held in July. Congratulations to all those who competed, especially the 2021 champions from the Palouse!
This summer marked the end of Leika’s term with PCD as our Conservation Education Specialist. If you’ve seen some of the videos and pictures we’ve featured over the past year, there’s a good chance it was thanks to Leika. She brought her photography, videography, and storytelling skills during a time when those were especially valuable. It’s safe to say we would not have created a fraction of what we did without Leika’s contributions. She left a huge impact on the environmental education program and we wish her the best in the next phase of her blossoming career.
Posted to Habitat Improvement by Allan Warren
As we prepare for the 4th annual Orca Recovery Day, a Pacific Northwest region wide event that joins hundreds of organizations and thousands of people in action to recover the most iconic species of our region, it's important to take a look back and reflect on how this movement started and how much we have collectively accomplished. There's so much more work to be done, but with 3 new calves in the last year, including one mothered by Tahlequah, who's tragic tour of grief with her previous calf that died was what started the whole effort, there's reason for hope. But we can't stop now, we must keep working and together, we can restore the ecosystem that the endangered Southern Resident Orca Whales rely on for survival. We hope you'll join us October 16th for this year's Orca Recovery Day!