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This fall and winter @thewdfw’s fisher reintroduction project moved to the North Cascades. Several dozen animals captured in Alberta will be released at sites in North Cascades National Park and on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. By the early part of the 20th century these animals were extirpated from Washington due to fur trapping. Reintroducing this charismatic species will restore an integral part of the ecosystem. 📸: @paulbannick • Fisher (Pekania pennanti) are part of the mustelid (weasel) family and is one of the few carnivores to successfully prey on porcupines!! They prefer mature forests and often den in old pileated woodpecker cavities! Keep your eye open for the adorable creatures.
M.Ed. Graduate, Gina Roberti from Cohort 17 attended a Geology of Society field trip to learn about the devastating Oso landslide that occurred in 2014. Check out our blog (link in bio) to read more about her experience and to dive into why this natural disaster took place. As we head into the rainy season, it’s important to understand why these type of events happen and how to better predict the signs prior in order to be prepared.
Do you enjoy working with youth? Do you like being outside in the snow? Mt. Baker Snow School is recruiting field instructors for the 2019 season! Snow school is an outdoor winter learning experience for middle school students combining applied science education with snowshoe-powered exploration. Head over to our website (link in bio) for more information on how you could receive school credit for being an instructor or how teaching makes you eligible for skiing/snowboarding benefits at Mt. Baker Ski Area.
We are excited to see you this Saturday at the Mountaineers for the 2018 Northwest Youth Leadership Summit! Be prepared to #getoutside by packing proper gear such as warm clothing and a reusable water bottle. Who is ready to take on the climbing wall? See you soon!
That’s a wrap folks! The #NorthCascadesLove photo contest has officially ended! A huge thank you to everyone who joined us this summer and fall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this special place. We’ve collected over 300 photos from hikers and backpackers, park rangers and park enthusiasts, and nature lovers and view seekers—one thing is very clear, we love the North Cascades! Cheers to our final contest winners: @ava_sofia, @katielk13, and @rozance! And now, on to the next 50 years!
It’s swan migration time! Who else has seen these beautiful Trumpeter Swans in the sky lately? Don’t mistake these birds with the similar looking Tundra Swans -- trumpeters are about twice as large and are actually North America’s heaviest flying bird weighing in at a whopping 26 lbs! Due to their gorgeous plumage, their numbers declined dramatically by the 1800s in order to make hats and writing quills, but conservation efforts have helped them recover substantially since the early 2000s. 📸: @thesnootyhooty • Come search for the Swans with us Feb 9 or Feb 16 on a field excursion led by Libby Mills around the lower Skagit Valley. More info and registration at https://ncascades.org/classes
Who else has noticed all the mushrooms sprouting up with this wet weather?! Did you know that there are an estimated 1.5 million different species of fungi and that these “fun guys” are more closely related to humans than plants at a cellular level?? • Who can name these different mushrooms?
The days may be getting shorter but don’t let that stop you from getting out there and enjoying the beautiful world around you! Many of you may have the day off today and we’d like to remind you to not only #getoutside but to also remember and thank the veterans, active service members and their families. • 📸: @patiacharlotte “Diablo Lake 4:54 PM”
Northern flying squirrels are abundant in the North Cascades but because they are nocturnal they are rarely observed. 📸: @moskowitz_david • That concludes our account takeover! Show @moskowitz_david some support and check out his website davidmoskowitz.net to take a look at his latest projects. Also check out our blog for a sneak peek of his latest book “Caribou Rainforest” (link in bio).
A curious member of the Lookout Pack on the east slope of the North Cascades inspects my camera trap. 📸: @moskowitz_david • Don’t forget to take a look at @moskowitz_david ‘s latest project “Caribou Rainforest”. (Link in bio) “Caribou Rainforest doesn’t tell an easy story, ask easy questions, or pretend that there are easy solutions to the possible extinction of the last mountain caribou herds found in Canada and the United States. There are fewer than twenty animals left in the last US herd. Yet what Caribou Rainforest does—with photographs, words, and science—is explain why this is happening, so that as a community we don’t repeat our mistakes, even when our intentions are good.”
Bobcat on a snowy night on the east slope of the North Cascades. 📸: @moskowitz_david • David Moskowitz is taking over our account this week! David is a photographer, wildlife biologist, author, and educator. His extensive professional knowledge and field experience have always been valuable resources for not only folks at the Institute but also for many wildlife studies regionally. Please take the time to check out his website and also his new book “Caribou Rainforest” that was recently released! davidmoskowitz.net
“It only takes one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche.” - Dianna Hardy • Make your voice heard! Websites like vote.org tell you where your local polling location is and the necessary details like what’s on the ballot and opening/closing times. In addition it provides an election hotline number and outlines voter rights.
Happy Monday everyone! Let’s all take the day head on and remember to be grateful for family, friends, and the beautiful world around us! • 📸: @schrammari looking over Diablo Dam and at the first snow on Pyramid Peak. Check out our blog for more photos taking an inside peek at life at the North Cascades Institute. blog.ncascades.org
“Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” - Oprah Winfrey • Who else feels the restorative power of mountain air? This beautiful shot is by @alberthbyang