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PBI August E-Newsletter

Click here to read about PBI's response to the largest wildfire in Washington state history, the Carlton Wildfire Complex. We also feature PBI's Argentinian conservation biologist, Lucila Castro (see below), and intern, Gisella Peralta, pictured at right.

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Lucila Castro Presents in China

Lucila Castro, PBI’s conservation biologist based in Córdoba, Argentina, recently participated in the 12th International Conference on Salt Lake Research in Beijing, China. She gave a presentation about flamingos and Mar Chiquita (Córdoba Province, Argentina), including some of the results obtained in her degree thesis. Lucila was awarded for her excellent presentation with a prize given by the Journal of Biological Research - Thessaloniki. We are very proud of Lucila’s achievements!

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PBI May E-Newsletter

Click here to read more about PBI's Conservation Science Internship Program, and our 2014 interns. Katrina Fisk, a conservation researcher based in our Winthrop office, is the featured intern for this newsletter.

We also highlight PBI's work to help protect the Sierra de Famatina, part of one of the largest remaining roadless areas in the world.

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South American Expeditions in Focus
Sarah Field, part of the "Tres Chicas Locas" adventure research team, is featured in a new podcast by The Budget-Minded Traveler. She talks about getting sponsors for travel, and giving back through science. Sarah, Shelley Brook and Trinity Ludwig gathered data for PBI while trekking the length of South America in 2012.


Also recently released is a video produced by students at Universidad Nacional de Chilecito, highlighting the GLORIA project (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments). PBI staff Peter Morrison and Lucila Castro participated in this research, monitoring alpine plants at risk from climate change, in the Sierra de Famatina range in La Rioja province, Argentina.

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A Biodiversity Expedition at the PhinneyWood Artwalk!

Stop by the Works Progress event space between 6-9 PM on Friday, May 9, 2014, to learn about PBI's most recent biodiversity expedition in South America. You can view many colorful photos and short videos portraying the vastness and beauty of the wildlands and their immense biodiversity. These are just a small part of the photos and videos that PBI is developing on the plants, animals, ecosystems, human uses and threats to these wildlands.

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Exploring bird and biodiversity hotspots in South America

PBI Executive Director, Peter Morrison, will give a presentation to the Kitsap Audubon Society on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7:00 PM at the Poulsbo Library. All are welcome. Through short videos, maps and photos he will provide a glimpse of the incredible bird life and the tremendous biodiversity of some relatively unknown parts of South America. He will also introduce some of the scientists and conservationists working there and share about opportunities to help them study and protect the birds and biodiversity of some remarkable places.

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PBI April E-Newsletter

Click here to read about the expansion of PBI's Harbor Porpoise Monitoring Network as well as our Conservation Science Internship Program. We also say farewell to PBI board member Dr. Craig Olson, now serving with the Peace Corps in Mexico.


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Harbor Porpoise Project photo identification work featured

Dr. Cindy Elliser's work to identify harbor porpoise individuals in Burrows Pass, near Anacortes, WA, has been getting some attention lately! Firstly, we are honored to have this element of the harbor porpoise project included in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. In addition, a recent Skagit Valley Herald article, reprinted in the Seattle Times, describes how this project element will complement the visual observation and acoustic data gathered over the past five years, and take the project to the next level.

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WDFW asks for input on status of Western Gray Squirrels

Please comment on the listing decision that Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is now undertaking related to the western gray squirrel. Here is an article in the Methow Valley News that discusses PBI's research work with the squirrel, ponderosa pine forests and the listing decision. Written information may be submitted through March 28, 2015 at WDFW's website, via email to or by mail to: Penny Becker, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,
600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

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Trinity Ludwig

Have you explored the wild heart of the planet?

Learn about PBI's 2014 biodiversity expeditions in South America. This is your chance to experience nature's abundance and biodiversity where they flourish like nowhere else on Earth. You can become a part of a great team of international adventures, birders, scientists and conservationists. Our leaders are immensely qualified and people who you will treasure for a long time. Learn more here.

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Dolphins of the Bahamas:  "In their world - on their terms"
Dr. Cindy Elliser, marine biologist with PBI, will depict the lives of spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas, at 7:00 PM, Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Anacortes Library. Dr. Elliser spent over 10 years studying a population of wild dolphins and is now a marine biologist working on the Harbor Porpoise Project with PBI.


Dr. Elliser will also give a presentation at the Guemes Island Community Church Soup Supper, at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 11. At both events, she will talk about the new work she is beginning with PBI’s harbor porpoise project in the Salish Sea.



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PBI's Harbor Porpoise Monitoring Network Expands
PBI has partnered with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center to deploy a C-POD acoustic monitoring device in the off-shore vicinity of Fort Warden. PBI now has three C-POD devices recording harbor porpoise sonar signals in Puget Sound, complementing visual observation data compiled by volunteer observers. You can read more about this recent project expansion in the Peninsula Daily News and at




South America biodiversity expeditions in northern Argentina, a celebration of marine biodiversity, our new marine biologist - Dr. Cindy Elliser and "Knowledge Changes the Game" by Dr. David Stokes, and more. Read the January 2014 Enews from Pacific Biodiversity Institute. To subscribe to PBI's enews, send an email to





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