Conversations With Robb Krehbiel 052718

Tuesday, May 29th


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Hi welcome conversations I'm your host thanks for spending time with us here this weekend joining me this segment is rob Crable is the northwest represented for Defenders of Wildlife defenders dot good morning good morning great I don't British coming all the and and now what I usually on the phone with people suffer as more we get to actually hang on studio definitely as we look at the issues that affect us here at home and our community and across the nation. I think of Defenders of Wildlife returning guest Robin has me thinking of bears and I just see bears the or does things Internet related at all but I'm so worried for the continued safety despite my bad that comparison and gonna help us help them I think it's the best way to look at that absolutely so it's it's over the basics then on defenders dot Defenders of Wildlife what is its history the people that. Typist dat so Defenders of Wildlife is a national organization and our mission is to protect and conserve. Meanwhile Blake here in the US and the habitat they rely on. We work all across the country I am I'm out here in our northwest office which is based in Seattle and out here we focus on protecting a lot of the animals that really defined the northwest landscape. You mentioned work as which are a huge symbol for Puget Sound and the broader CSC can assist them grizzly bears are also enemies seem icon of the west and has been a species that we haven't had in Washington and new great numbers for a long time so where actively working to restore about it. And then we also have been working to recover wolves throughout the region bulls are starting to come back into the state of the real hot topic for for a minute about a year ago is still can be pretty contentious and one of the things that defenders really focuses on and believes in is this idea of co existence cell. Allowing people and animals to share the landscape together and we provide a host of tools. To urban communities and rural communities to make sure that whatever we're doing on the landscape whether it's raising cattle or and building that are schools and parks and facilities like that. That the impact that those activities are having on the environment and arm while piper minimize as much as possible so that means you. To see a lot of the staff fiction there's a tendency for people in the city to be like out the other side of the mounds that are. I don't understand that for people those under the mounds to look at city folks you have to kind of like bridge to two community yeah well I tab. Low around a lot for work in like I was saying that last week I was out in the Selkirk ecosystem in northeast Washington and that that is pretty much the only place in Washington that you can reliably see you grizzly bear. There's a population of about sixty to eighty bears in the region and and there is slowly growing in new being more and more into Washington and which is really exciting from our recovery prospective. But for folks are living in that area it means that they need to start changing some of the ways that they're living so. We were out there talking to people about bear spray which is a great deterrent had keep Wiki when your Al hiking in the way it's. We also different than Harrisburg and a very much different than hairspray you do not wanted pay any tears for him hunter hair anything I bet it'll learn best but we've also talked to folks out there about electric fences that they can set up around their backyard. Attract and stings like ticking puke so orchards guardians those will draw and bears like crazy. And just simply putting an electric fence around some of these attractions can really reduce the likelihood of there is getting into them which spend minimizes conflict across the board. Little closer to home people do with bears just going through their garbage cans and stuff like that you have any interaction with people are trying to navigate those kind of tricky sees trash. Is a huge attractive prepares am that they will eat almost anything even the stuff that a secret for them so we definitely don't want them getting into that trash. I am we've been working on a host of different projects again out in eastern Washington we've been securing some of these larger waste transfer sites. Big dumpsters are people coming take their trash so keeping those sequencing care. And we've also been working with the Forest Service across the region to install things like food lockers at camp sites so that if you go out campaign act. A canard in Wenatchee or any place in the act cascades. Sometimes there's a gearbox for you complete your feud and keep it safely so that bears don't get into it and don't come Ted poppy you while you're out trying to have a nice time analyst. So be ideal yes but listen with fares it took him at the northeast. Section of the state and bears don't. Adhere to geographical. Imaginary lines that we have what does your work with the selector Canada or something when you're talking about these habitats where they might cross between that's said the. Population in northeast Washington. Absolutely crosses back and forth we can't most of the bears in that ecosystem had set up a pretty substantial turf in Canada. And sit the Canadian government has actually been doing a lot more recently to recover their grizzly bears especially in British Columbia. They've really been focusing on improving habitat which is one of the biggest issues that they're facing up there. I am as spears news further south into the US though we're a lot more populated. On the south side of the border and they are on the north side which is where those air human complex and come up. Have to consider building a well thought I think we generally don't approval balls being built actually one of the things that defenders are wildly it is actively fighting in the southwest is the border wall. For all the horrible things that it would. And to wildlife down in the southwest and that it may animals don't have any sense of what our geographical does not have a half now. What are your funding for defenders of select a lot of different nonprofits were funded by our members and by different foundations so it's just. Any people who approve of our mission and folks who you are passionate about wildlife conservation and. They're able to do any time Manny and energy to asset that. We have the resources to purchase some of these tools that folks can use to live alongside while other government grants that go into it though occasionally that a lot of times it's individual private funders I am and just individual citizens things from five bucks TU 500 dollars. Because of that means that you're not facing a lot move. Would you say that you don't have to deal with navigating it the way that the government necessarily want to too because you're not funded by any or to the fortunately we don't have to go through the government funding cycle like a lot of agencies like National Park Service Fish and Wildlife Service. The national Oceanic and atmospheric administration and they ought to deal with budget cuts that have been proposed from congress and the administration and and wallets nice from my perspective that organization does acted Hewlett that we are actively fighting a lot of those budget cuts because of the impact that it will have to the way that we managed both how to attack. And while play in this country and a lot of the cuts that have been proposed would severely undermined recovery efforts for whole host its six. And you work in tandem with these groups is absolutely we worked very closely with a lot of our state and federal agency partners. I am we've also been partner in a lot with tribes especially out here in this region they are extremely important co managers for salmon and a whole host of other wildlife in factories as we talked a lot about bears before we switch gears here it's wanna make sure everyone knows is an event coming up here in a few days. Hikes bearers and brews at two Beers in Georgetown what is the what's the top of the there's. Though that a man is going to be on a Wednesday may ninth from 4 o'clock to 730 and this is just an informal event that we love 39. I'm one of my favorite things to do is talk about bears over Beers so that as well we're daily and and we're gonna have information out there about how people can be Smart and safe when their wreck reading in bear country also have some recommendations for some fun local takes to do during the spring time. Including a few hitting jams that folks may not know about. It's fantastic messaging gears it's almost a month now and not a big deal for your organization in the orca is it's something that's it really expand your territory if you haven't talked about being out in the water what would you say is the general status of the or comes around the Puget Sound said that. Orcas that we're talking about in particular are called southern resonant work as and there are a unique population of work as that spend about half the times here in the broader secrecy ecosystem. And and the other half of the year mostly during the winter there out along the West Coast traveling from. Miette bail all the way down to moderating California. Sadly bees orcas are not doing so there is an estimated 78 individuals left in the entire population which is the lowest that it has and in over thirty years. It's considered to be one of the most endangered marine mammal populations in the entire world and the population has been declining. Heard about the last five to ten years now. So it did very alarming and disturbing situation upper and just like a lot of folks around here these orcas love eating salmon. And fortunately everything very very picky eaters and they will only eats and have creative thought of the idea of the copper river salmon capitol ever ask for up to the you know that I really has not popped up yet we're mostly trying to recover that need of stocks that we have here itself. Fish that are in the Fraser river up in Vancouver all the Puget Sound stocks the Columbia basin is a huge source of feat for these whales on and so we're working with a variety of partners to remove fish passage barriers like Culbertson dams. Also working to reduce the amount of pollution that's getting into these rivers systems and into the ocean which impacts not only salmon survival but also orca health. And then also coming up with ways to reduce the impact of Norway's underwater. So every time that a boat transpired that noise can interfere whip the orcas ability to echo locate and communicate with each other's cell. There's a whole host of threats that these guys are facing but fortunately the governor just recently. Put together a task force that is looking specifically. At how to verbs first strand and recover separate resident orcas. And that group just met for the first time yesterday and we're really looking forward to cede the recommendations and conversations that happen. Judith Hope for the pod for the southern resident orcas do you have to have ho am I mean. Did the one piece of good news that I keep reminding myself that this population has been lower before. It is at a very precarious situation and we need to take some pretty drastic actions now if we want to reverse that trend that were seen. Am but I think that we can do a and especially given how much people in Washington loves these are Kansan. How much they really defined. Our region and this ecosystems that we hold so near and dear to our hearts. I think that if there is going to be one place in this country that could aid. Denver first course and really diss some beneficial good for the orcas it's here in Washington excellent. You have a some events for orca month coming up who we can actually get together learn more maybe make a donation or just enjoy our gas company learned about it tells about the so this is the twelfth annual or a month this year and we kick off every Orkut month on the first Sunday June. This is June is June 3 and we're gonna be a golden gardens park up in Ballard from one to five. We had some good weather last year so we'll cross our fingers where it again this year by it's a fun family friendly event will have lots of activities. For kids and adults tons of information and a couple of different speakers and performers there as well. And it's a good place today I just see all the different organizations in the region that are working so hard to protect these whales. And you can also go to work amongst dot com TUC different events are happening throughout the region and throughout the month we have things plant in DC Washington and and Horry can from the very beginning in June all the way to the end. To have a web sites there or a month dot com and defenders dot ORG for your chance to find out more information. It's great.