[Tweeters] Off Topic - Fisher release at Mt. Rainier December 17th

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Mon Dec 12 22:04:55 PST 2016

I know this is a furry, not feathered critter – but maybe there are some Bohemian Waxwings or other neat winter birds in the area.

Fishers are on the move and you’re invited!
In the winter of 2016-2017 approximately 40 fishers are expected to be released in Mount Rainier National Park and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The first set of releases will be in the Nisqually Tribe’s Designated Special Use Area at Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park.

You are invited to attend the release of 7 new fishers into
Mount Rainier National Park.
Please join WDFW, NPS, CNW, Tribes, federal, state, and private conservation partners,
and the media for the release.
Bring your family! Children are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

When: Saturday, December 17th, 11 am
Aim to arrive slightly early to be sure you make your way to the Community building and release site.
Where: Mount Rainier National Park
The releases will occur in the Nisqually Tribe’s designated special use area in Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park. Drive SR 706 to the Nisqually Entrance, then 6 miles to Longmire. Park in the vicinity of the Longmire Museum and walk up to cross the river to the Longmire Community Building, about a 5-10 minute walk from the parking area. The release area is another very short walk (less than 5 min.) from the Community Building. ADA parking and release viewing opportunities available.

What to Expect: Winter Weather
Please prepare your vehicle and your person for snowy winter weather. This will be an outdoor event and it is expected to be cold and snowy or wet. Snow has already begun to accumulate in Longmire. Park visitors are required to carry chains in the park between November 1 and May 1. The park road crew will plow the road to Longmire and the Community Building, but the road surface could be covered with packed snow. Folks should be prepared for cold, wet, winter weather. You can view current conditions at Longmire via Mount Rainier’s webcams. https://www.nps.gov/mora/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm#CP_JUMP_636396

What to Expect: Communication
THERE IS NO CELL SERVICE AT LONGMIRE. Currently the closest place for reliable cell service is about 12 miles from Longmire, just west of the town of Ashford. There is a new cell tower outside the park east of Ashford but that tower is not activated yet.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), National Park Service (NPS), Conservation Northwest (CNW), and our partners are pleased to inform you that this December we are moving forward with the second year of a multi-year fisher reintroduction project on federal lands in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington

Fishers are a mid-sized member of the weasel family that once occurred in the forested ecosystems of Washington; however they disappeared from Washington State by the early to mid-1900s, largely as a result of over-trapping, incidental mortality and habitat loss.

To recover fishers in Washington, WDFW, NPS, CNW and other partners reintroduced 90 fishers from British Columbia to Olympic National Park in western Washington from 2008 to 2010. This reintroduction and reestablishment of fishers on the Olympic Peninsula were the first steps for fisher recovery as outlined by the Washington State fisher recovery plan.

The second phase of fisher recovery in Washington involves the reintroduction of fishers to the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington. This reintroduction effort, also led by WDFW, NPS, CNW and other partners, will reintroduce approximately 80 fishers to the southern Cascades beginning in 2015 then another 80 to the northern Cascades two or three years later.

In the winter of 2015-2016, the first year of the southern Cascades reintroduction, 23 fishers, 11female and 12 male, were released in the Gifford Pinchot NF at the Cispus Learning Center.

A diverse group of partners came together to make fisher restoration possible. In addition to WDFW, NPS, and CNW, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service, Washington’s National Parks Fund, Defenders of Wildlife, and the US Geological Survey are also supporting the reintroduction project, including the monitoring and research efforts that occur once fishers are released.

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis
Avnacrs four birds at outlook dot com

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