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Amy Fitkin


Ponderosa Pine, Fire Ecology and Western Gray Squirrel Project

Amy Fitkin has joined PBI for a two-month summer internship, helping with the Ponderosa Pine, Fire Ecology and Western Gray Squirrel Project. Amy is a 2015 graduate of the University of San Diego, with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She grew up in the Methow Valley, and has experience volunteering for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on various projects such as the wolverine study, water fowl surveys and deer surveys.


Volunteers are needed to help place squirrel study tubes and do vegetation surveys. Volunteers can also assist with bird point-count surveys and identification of native plants. To participate, call 509-996-2490.




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Anna Hallinstad


PBI Naturalists lend support to Harbor Porpoise Project

Anna Hallingstad (pictured at left) and Jenna Harlacher (right) have stepped up to contribute to the Harbor Porpoise Project in a variety of ways, including recently representing PBI at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival. Later this summer, they - along with PBI board members Jan Hersey and Aileen Jeffries - will help educate the public about harbor porpoise in the Salish Sea, in a series of "Open Bluff" days at Washington Park near Anacortes. Stay tuned for further details! You can read more about their backgrounds and qualifications on our Staff page.



Jenna Harlacher




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Invest in our work on May 5th, or any time!

We’re excited to report on updates and new momentum to our work with wildlife in eastern Washington’s ponderosa pine ecosystem, and research on harbor porpoise in the Salish Sea. We are sharing updates on our local projects here in Washington in anticipation of a locally-focused event, Give Local America, that provides you the opportunity to contribute to this important work as part of a crowdfunding event on May 5th‬. After May 5th, you can support our work any time via our website, or by sending a check to PO Box 298, Winthrop, WA, 98862.


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PBI signs new partnership agreement in Argentina

While in Argentina in March, PBI's executive director, Peter Morrison, signed a new partnership agreement with Fundación ProYungas (Yerba Buena-Tucumán), a local conservation organization that he has worked closely with for several years. The agreement outlines a course of action to protect wilderness areas of high conservation value. In addition to strategic conservation support, PBI will provide GIS training and work with ProYungas on collaborative publication efforts. Read more about this on the ProYungas website, in Spanish.


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As we celebrate the first week of spring, we want to share with you the values that drive our work. We hope that you’ll reflect on what these values mean to you, and consider making a donation to support our work!

  • Importance of biological diversity as the cornerstone of life on Earth.
  • Responsibility to future generations.
  • Adapting to a rapidly changing world.
  • Value of science in conserving biodiversity.
  • Passion for finding innovative solutions.
  • Compassion for people.
  • Work through collaboration.

Read about PBI's values and mission in more detail in our Strategic Plan.



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Wildlife survival after wildfire

PBI biologist Kim Romain-Bondi and botanist George Wooten contributed insight to a recent Wenatchee World article focused on wildlife survival following the Carlton Complex wildfires of 2014. You can read the article here.




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PBI joins Flamingo Census in the High Andes

Click here to read about PBI’s participation in the 6th international flamingo census in early February. PBI supported the effort by sending our Argentinian staff biologist, Lucila Castro, who has been working with flamingos since 2010 as part of the High Andes Flamingo Conservation Group (GCFA –Grupo de Conservacion de Flamencos Altoandinos). The other PBI representative was a volunteer from the United States, D. Eric Harlow, who participated in one of PBI's expeditions in 2013 and returned to Argentina to help PBI and to document the census. You can view his fantastic photographs here, and in the sidebars.



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Marine Mammals and Ecosystem Change

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:00 pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Pacific Biodiversity Institute research scientist Aileen Jeffries will discuss the changing ecosystem of the Salish Sea and describe how these changes have affected marine mammals. She will also highlight the research being conducted, including the acoustic and land-based research she is undertaking on harbor porpoises.


In November, 2014, Aileen gave a presentation at the University of British Columbia's 22nd Annual B.C. Marine Mammal Symposium. You can read more about the university's Marine Mammal Research Unit and the cross-border consortium of researchers here.




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Awesome New Wildlife Camera Footage!

We are thrilled to share several short, exciting videos of wildlife in the area burned by the Carlton Complex wildfire in Washington State, as well as footage from South America taken with PBI wildlife cameras during our expeditions, or in partnership with ProYungas or the National University of Cordoba. Click here for South American footage, and here for the Washington videos.

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