These weekly Wildlife Program reports summarize the current activities of our field and headquarters staff, arranged by our four goals, five divisions, and six regions including Wildlife Areas within those regions:
Goals
  1. Conserve and protect native fish and wildlife.
  2. Provide sustainable fishing, hunting and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial experiences.
  3. Promote a healthy economy, protect community character, maintain an overall high quality of life, and deliver high-quality customer service.
  4. Build an effective and efficient organization by supporting our workforce, improving business processes, and investing in technology.

* Reported activities will not necessarily reflect every goal, division or region each week.

Divisions
  1. Game
  2. Lands
  3. Outreach
  4. Science
  5. Wildlife Diversity
Regions
  1. Eastern
  2. North-central
  3. South-central
  4. North Puget Sound
  5. Southwest
  6. Coastal

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See also: SW Washington (Region 5) Wildlife Program Weekly Report Archive - 2006-2011

 

Photo of a juvenile Western Pond Turtle sitting in the palm of a researcher's hand.
Wild Juvenile Western Pond Turtle captured at the Pierce County site.

Western Pond Turtle Research: District 11 staff and volunteers ended monitoring of nesting female turtles this week. This was another successful season with record numbers of total nests and second clutch nests. Thirty-six nests were located and protected with predator exclusion cages. One adult female was depredated mid-season prior to nesting. The highlight of the summer was finding a two-year-old wild juvenile recruit feeding in a shallow pool of duckweed. Wild recruits are very rare at this recovery site, because hatchlings of all known nests are taken into the head-start program at Woodland Park Zoo for their first year.

Recent Wildlife Videos
The Critter Gitter
The "Critter Gitter" noise device may prove to be more useful for deer than first thought. The trail video camera captured a deer running away after being spooked by the alarm. The trail video was moved to another location where deer are more prevalent to get a better baseline of the effectiveness of the noise device.

Rubber Boa Eating Mouse

Rubber boas are often notoriously difficult to feed in captivity, but the current temporary captive has readily consumed baby mice now on three occasions and is shaping up to be a good ambassador.

Piscivorous Waterbirds

WDFW Biologists Duvuvuei and Finger continued video monitoring Caspian tern use at Frenchmen Regulated Access Area. The videos proved effective at capturing diving attempts by Caspian Terns, but staff was unable to determine whether the dives were successful. The biologists will continue video monitoring throughout the spring and summer while gradually drawing down water levels to focus tern foraging activity.

Logan with Attitude

WDFW and U.S. Forest Service staff captured Logan to replace his collar and assess some previous injuries. Just like the X-Men comic book character, this wolverine healed so well they had trouble finding the wound. He is in great shape. Logan is also every bit as feisty as his legendary father Rocky.