Training and engaging citizens to record wildlife in the I-90 corridor
Since 2006, we have run a citizen monitoring program that has grown in scope and partnerships. Our goal is to compliment professional research ongoing in the I-90 corridor by documenting the presence of wildlife in key connectivity areas along the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, while coordinating with partners on monitoring wildlife in habitats farther from I-90 where wildlife life may live that we want to recover into the I-90 corridor.
Our efforts fall into two programs: Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program and I-90 Wildlife Watch.
Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program
The Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project gets people out into the field to help us better understand wildlife movement and animal presence in the Washington Cascades through remote cameras and snowtracking.
This program is a partnership effort of Conservation Northwest, I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, and the Wilderness Awareness School. The I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition is the lead on cameras along the interstate near key connectivity areas and proposed wildlife-crossing structures identified in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project. And Wilderness Awareness School heads up the winter efforts tracking priority wildlife and carnivores, from bears to wolverines.Conservation Northwest takes the lead on all remote cameras that are not along Interstate 90 and which have a specific species focus.
I-90 Wildlife Watch
Launched in November 2010 during Give Wildlife a Brake week, I-90 Wildlife Watch is a citizen-based wildlife monitoring project that invites motorists to report wildlife sightings along Interstate 90 (I-90) in the Snoqualmie Pass region of Washington.
If you’re at least 18 years old and you observed (living or dead) wild animals while you were recently traveling I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass, we need your help!
Visit www.i90wildlifewatch.org to report wildlife sightings, or to view what others have seen along the corridor through our interactive online map.