June Wildlife Update: Sea Otter Sighting, Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous, and More!

There’s still time to sign up for the Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous! The 4-day, 3-night trip, September 13-16, will take you to the incomparable landscapes around Oregon's only national park. We'll visit portions of Oregon Wild's 500,000-acre Crater Lake Wilderness proposal including the headwaters of one of Oregon's most iconic rivers: the Wild Rogue.

 

The tentative schedule includes meetings with wolf biologists, naturalists, and local wildlife advocates, possibly a tracking or outdoor skills workshop, scenic drives, and short hikes throughout the area. Get your spot before it’s too late.
 
Unfortunately there isn’t much to update you on when it comes to the review of the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. If you recall, the Fish and Wildlife Commission delayed voting on the Plan in January in order to get a better facilitated process that would hopefully result in a stronger Plan. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes, but nearly 5 months later and we’re still waiting for that process to begin. 

 

As a result of being so focused on state management lately, we were abruptly brought back to the reality that the federal government can also put wolf recovery in harm's way. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently reported that they’re starting a review of the status of wolves in the lower 48. What does that mean for Oregon? Possibly a proposal to de-list wolves from the Endangered Species Act and national legislation to block judicial review 

 

Stay tuned on both fronts. We’ll be sure to share the latest proposals with you and opportunities to get involved to protect Oregon’s wolves.

 
 
• The Oregonian recently did a deep dive into the political and social challenges wolves must overcome on the path to recovery.
 
• OR-54, possible offspring of OR-7 was seen last week in Truckee, California. Stay safe!
 
• Lamprey may not be the cutest of critters, but it’s good to see them making a return to their old habitats.
 
 
An amazing day at the Simpson Reef, indeed! Individuals from the Shoreline Education for Awareness organization revealed that they experienced a rare sea otter sighting a few weeks ago. While they were unable to capture any photos of the lone traveler, we hope this is the beginning of more sightings to come! 

 

In an unprecedented move, the Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to reverse their previous decision to uplist the marbled murrelet from ‘threatened’ to ‘endangered’. Succumbing to the pressure from timber lobbyists and coastal legislators, Commissioners ultimately rejected the science and overwhelming public support for increased protections. While disappointing, it’s not the first time Commissioners buckled under pressure, but we sure hope it’s the last. Enough is enough. It’s time for our fish and wildlife decision-makers to fully embrace the agency’s mission to protect and restore Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. 

 

 
 
Want to get outside and do some marbled murrelet work with our friends from the Audubon Society of Portland? Here’s your chance!
 
 
Be sure to let Governor Brown know that Fish and Wildlife Commission appointments matter! Until there’s a change in the way individuals are appointed, Oregonians will continue to be frustrated by a Commission that doesn’t actually represent the state’s values.   
Photo Credits: 
Wolves and wolf pups by ODFW, Spotted Owl by Kristian Skybak. Otters by USFWS, California condor by USFWS/Jon Myatt