WOSNews Issue 181

August-September 2019


Moses Lake Sagebrush Steppe Is Much Altered But Productive

By Thomas Bancroft

Tom Bancroft spent more than a decade with a conservation organization working to protect sagebrush steppe, so was especially excited to participate in this year’s field trips at the WOS Annual Conference in Moses Lake. The many artificial wetlands and reservoirs were full of birds, but at what expense to other species, Tom wonders. Still, he experienced “sheer joy” in birding the area and breathing in the spicy aroma of sagebrush….

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From the Board: Much to Report

By Kim Thorburn

At 31 years, WOS continues to mature as an organization to ensure not only top quality services but also good management. Kim discusses possible change in the structure of the Treasurer position and some exciting news about the 2020 Annual Conference….
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A Message from the President

By Eric Dudley

WOS elections are coming right up. Here is the latest regarding the top two positions, president and vice president….
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Two New Board Candidates

By Will Brooks and Ed Pullen

Two new WOS board candidates introduce themselves. Several other current board members will run for another term. The treasurer position, which is under consideration for restructuring, is open….
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Does Removing Barred Owls Help Spotted Owls?

By Ron Post

Ron talks to the team leader for a recently released U.S. Geological Survey pilot study regarding Northern Spotted Owls. The pilot study in California showed that removal of Barred Owls coupled with conservation of suitable habitat conditions can slow or even reverse population declines of Spotted Owls. It is unknown, however, whether similar results can be obtained in areas with different forest conditions, greater densities of Barred Owls, and fewer remaining Spotted Owls….

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Johns River Wildlife Area Expanding by 1,700 Acres

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife with the help of Ducks Unlimited recently finalized the purchase of 1,100 acres of land near Westport in Grays Harbor County. WDFW will manage the new property as an addition to the Elk River Unit of the Johns River Wildlife Area. A second phase to purchase an additional 600 acres is expected by the end of the year. The new property features large freshwater and saltwater wetland areas and old-growth Sitka spruce trees….
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