The biodiversity of this region is an intricate web, and at the center of this web are some iconic species who are not only culturally and economically significant, but whose health is critical to the fate of biodiversity in the northwest.
These are just four species that help make the Pacific Northwest a region of incredible biodiversity.
They face a range of pressures, but thanks to our dedicated partners, they have support. From the advocacy by Alaskans to protect Bristol Bay to the removal of old and obsolete dams in rivers across Washington and Oregon, we are supporting the necessary steps to preserve wildlife and protect economies, cultures, and the environment.
Researchers are taking to our home waters to understand the threats these wildlife face, and technologists are building tools to improve how quickly we can learn, and more importantly, how quickly we can turn what we’ve learned into actions to protect and preserve these species for future generations.
Illustrations by Lara Schmidt and Miles Harris