Austin, Texas, has many different nicknames but this week, one stands out: Bat City, USA. Austin serves as the spring and summer home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Residing under the Ann W. …

Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method. — President Theodore Roosevelt

U.S. federal public lands are perhaps one of the best expressions of our nation’s democratic principles, and like our democracy, they are not immune from existential threats. As the above quote by Teddy Roosevelt illustrates, our national forests, parks, refuges and other public lands and the wildlife and resources therein are our responsibility. …

Amid the controversy of recurring wolf-livestock conflicts in northeast Washington this summer, the oldest known wolf in Washington slipped off into the woods outside of Cle Elum and passed away. At the ripe age of 12+ years old, 32M survived nearly twice as long as most wild wolves while experiencing most of the trials and tribulations that come with being a wolf in a human-dominated world.

Dubbed the patriarch of wolf recovery in the central Cascades, 32M began his life in the Methow Valley of north-central Washington in the late 2000s. He was likely one of the first pups born into the Lookout pack, Washington’s first confirmed wolf pack in over 80 years. At around two years old, 32M and his sister left his natal pack territory to travel 80 miles south through the Cascade mountains, where they probably bumped into Interstate 90 and decided the Teanaway River Valley would make a decent home. …

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