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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


March 07, 2000
Contact: Russell Link, (425) 775-1311, ext. 110

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Wildlife professionals offer tips on living with wildlife

EVERETT– An upcoming series of presentations is aimed at helping residents of rapidly developing western Washington learn to live successfully "on the edge" — the area where expanding development is pushing into wildlife habitat.

The free talks by fish and wildlife professionals will run weekly from April 6 through May 25, offering information and answering questions on living in cougar and bear country, managing property to protect wildlife habitat, salmon recovery efforts, marine (saltwater) fish conservation and other topics.

Besides helping residents co-exist peacefully with wildlife, the talks will be of interest to fish and wildlife enthusiasts and property owners who want to manage their land for the benefit of native animals.

The sessions, lead by WDFW biologists and a Washington State University naturalist, all will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the WSU Cooperative Extension Service Office, 600 128th St. SE in Everett. To reach the Cooperative Extension Service Office, take the 128th Street SE exit (exit #186) from Interstate 5; drive east approximately a half-mile to the white WSU Cooperative Extension sign; turn right into the Park & Ride lot (Park Road) and continue back to the Cooperative Extension Education Center, which is the second building.

Lecture dates and topics are:

  • April 6 Wildlife On the Edge
    An introduction to the animals that live in the urban-rural interface. Children are encouraged to attend this introductory session. Presented by Russell Link, WDFW wildlife biologist, and John Munn, WSU naturalist.

  • April 13 You and Your Wooded Land
    Managing small forest properties to protect and enhance wildlife habitat, preserve forest health and deal with hazard trees. Presented by Jim Bottorf, WDFW forest stewardship program biologist.

  • April 20 Fish Life Down Under Puget Sound
    A presentation on the importance of salt water fish in Puget Sound's ecosystem; the recreational opportunities they provide, and concerns over their conservation and management. Presented by Wayne Palsson, WDFW fish biologist.

  • April 27 Status Of Our Local Salmon
    A review of the status of Snohomish River salmon and steelhead stocks; including population goals, past escapement and harvest trends and the general types of habitats each species uses for spawning and rearing. Presented by Curt Kraemer, WDFW fish biologist.

  • May 4 Living In Cougar and Bear Country
    A presentation on bear and cougar biology and steps to take if one is encountered. Presented by Rocky Spencer, WDFW wildlife biologist.

  • May 11 Who's Not Here Because We Are
    Information on how people impact wildlife and options for keeping human presence in balance with the fish and wildlife that live here too. Presented by Ruth Milner, WDFW wildlife biologist and Sgt. Randy Lambert, of the WDFW enforcement program.

  • May 18 Managing Growth In Bald Eagle Country
    An overview of what the Growth Management Act can do to help protect natural areas; how residents can support those efforts, and information on the ecology and status of bald eagles. Presented by Mark Goldsmith, WDFW habitat biologist, and Steve Negri, WDFW wildlife biologist.

  • May 25 Opportunities To Build Habitat
    Information on designing and maintaining wildlife habitat around homes, and stewardship opportunities in and around neighborhoods. Presented by Russell Link, WDFW wildlife biologist, and John Munn, WSU naturalist.

For more information on the "Wildlife On the Edge" lecture series contact Russell Link at (425) 775-1311, ext. 110, or send e-mail to linkrel@dfw.wa.gov