Pacific Region Highlights

Oliver Grah measures stream velocity as part of the Nooksack Tribe’s glacier monitoring efforts.

Oliver Grah measures stream velocity as part of the Nooksack Tribe’s glacier monitoring efforts. Oliver Grah, Nooksack Indian Tribe

Can Studying Glaciers Keep Salmon in the Nooksack?

Dramatic increases in Pacific Ocean temperatures, poor habitat conditions and fewer food sources take a toll on migrating salmon. According to current predictions, nearly every Puget Sound coho salmon stock is expected to return in numbers lower than the “escapement threshold,” meaning returning fish will not be numerous enough to support tribal, commercial or recreational fisheries. Our partners from The Nooksack Indian Tribe are studying the glaciers of Mt. Baker to understand a changing watershed and how to protect these imperiled species. 

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Bald Eagle

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Tsetkhws Khwa Pacha'lqn - The House of Bald Eagle

Spoken in the language of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho, the 'House of Bald Eagle' will be first tribal eagle aviary in the Pacific northwest.  This new aviary located on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation, will allow the tribe to keep captive bald and golden eagles and collect their feathers for ceremonial and religious use. . With such a facility to call their own, the tribe celebrates both a victory of increased self-governance and a victory for the birds that the aviary will house.   

See the story in the Spokesman Review

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Darcey Evans, NPLCC Tribal Intern

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Sadly, Summer is Over for NPLCC Tribal Climate Change Intern

Darcey Evans, who joined the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) this summer as our Tribal Climate Change Management Intern, has finished up her internship.  Thanks to funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Darcy spent the summer tackling a number of projects, from developing a white paper on engagement between Federal agencies, Tribes and First Nations, to writing success stories about tribal climate change projects, to updating essential databases and providing analytics on Federally recognized Tribes and First Nations in the NPLCC footprint, to coordinating and planning Tribal / First Nation Coordination Meetings. Thanks for all your hard work this summer and good fortune in your future career in climate change and conservation.

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