Common Fish of the Pacific Northwest

Scientific efforts to understand and catalog marine life and ecosystems are an important part of protecting the environment and better understanding the natural world. Learning more about the efforts and studies that are underway to research the fish and other marine life that is common to the Pacific Northwest could be very enlightening. The impact of pollution and urban encroachment on many marine habitats and ecosystems poses a very real threat to countless species and wilderness areas. Seeking to improve Read the rest of this entry »

How You are a Threat to the Wildlife of Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is a haven of natural beauty and abundant in unique wildlife. Unfortunately, the dense presence of humans in the region poses a constant danger to this fragile ecosystem. Here’s how you may be a threat.


Pesticides may keep unwanted critters out of yards and gardens, but they don’t discriminate against native fauna. Many native and ecologically important creatures, including the banana slug, are highly sensitive to these chemicals. Losing these animals would be a great tragedy for both mankind and the environment.


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Threats to Wildlife Area in Pacific Northwest

Indigenous wildlife is always facing threats on two fronts. The first is mankind while the second is the invasion of other species. The Pacific Northwest is facing both of these dangers with a great need for urgency. Wildlife of all different species in this area are in extreme danger due to the expansion of coal mining. However, the demand for the coal is not coming from the continental United States. The demand for coal in Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Endagered Species of Pacific Northwest

Many of the top 10 endangered species of the Pacific Northwest are birds that have been displaced by the timber industries in the past. The Spotted owl is the most well known due to protests and tree sitting in the past that drew National attention to their plight.

As humans impact their natural environments fish, birds and mammals all have difficulties finding food and territory of their own. research and studies have been done and are ongoing at this time to develop better management of natural resources to lessen the impact on the Read the rest of this entry »

Steps Taken by Researchers of Pacific Northwest to Stop Extinction

Many people are becoming aware of the impact of their actions on the environment. As humans, we have done much to change the environment to suit our own survivability. This comes at the cost of the survivability of other animals within the ecosystem.

Around the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River is one of the most significant ecological landmarks that has come under quite a bit of changes as of late. Dams have been created, causing problems for animals such as salmon. They can no longer swim upstream and lay their eggs effectively.

Researchers have done much Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Wildlife of Pacific Northwest from Going Extinct

The amount and diversity of wildlife found in the Pacific Northwest is a precious natural resource, one that should be protected by the environmental risks posed to it by industry expanding population. Keeping species from becoming extinct is an important concern for everyone. Protecting the local wildlife is a challenge, but one that is well worth taking on.

Extinction is a natural process, one that has been rapidly accelerated by civilization. Trying to balance the needs of man Read the rest of this entry »

Species Native to the Columbia River

As most of us know, the Columbia River is the largest River in the Northwest area of the United States, and even North America itself. With such a large ecosystem to boast, it is no surprise that is home to many different species of birds, fish, mammals.

However, the fish population is perhaps the most interesting. Most of the subsistence used by Native Americans who settled around this river was fish based. The salmon in the region are Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Bird Species in Pacific Northwest

The Columbia River gorge in the Pacific Northwest is home to many species of birds. While the gorge is supposedly protected by the National Scenic Act, conservationist are constantly battling threats to the area. Proposed developments, like the Whistling Ridge Energy Project could have a negative long term impact on the species that live or migrate to the area. The following are just a few specimens of the wide array of species that commonly visit the gorge. The Northern Spotted Owl primarily nests in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. The owls require a large area of hunting land and are not known to migrate. The owls are declining in population mostly due to the logging activity that takes place in their natural habitat. The Bewick’s Wren is a small, noisy bird with a brown and grey body. These wrens were once common across the United States, but are now primarily found in the western and northwestern states. A beautiful and large hawk,, the Northern Goshawk is common in the northern hemisphere’s old growth forests. The American Coot is a waterfowl that has a duck-like appearance in water and a chicken-like appearance on land. The American Coot migrates is known to migrate all over the United States. Once threatened to near extinction, the Bald Eagle has made an amazing recovery since being placed under protection. Townsend’s Warbler is a brightly colored songbird that is native to the Pacific Northwest. The Townsend’s Warbler features a distinct yellow and black striped face. The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in the United States. The bird is found in the eastern and western parts of the US and in the boreal forests of Canada. The Great Horned Owl is the most wide-spread owl in North America. The owl gets its name from its distinctive ear tufts. Lewis’ Woodpecker is a large woodpecker with a reddish breast and a black back. Chestnut-backed Chickadee is a small bird found along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. The bird is quite social and active.

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