Wildlife http://kplu.org en Animal Magnetism: How Salmon Find Their Way Back Home http://kplu.org/post/how-salmon-find-their-way-back-home-spawn Before they end up filleted and sautéed on your dinner plate, salmon lead some pretty extraordinary, globe-trotting lives.<p>After hatching in a freshwater stream, young salmon make a break for the ocean, where they hang out for years, covering thousands of miles before deciding its time to settle down and lay eggs in their natal stream.<p>So how do these fish find their way back to their home river?<p>According to one <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2614721/">theory</a>, it's all about magnetism. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:23:41 +0000 7758 at http://kplu.org Animal Magnetism: How Salmon Find Their Way Back Home Arctic ribbon seal spotted in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/arctic-ribbon-seal-spotted-seattle <p>A ribbon seal commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia has been spotted in the Seattle area thousands of miles away.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:11:39 +0000 The Associated Press 3886 at http://kplu.org Arctic ribbon seal spotted in Seattle Wolverines stage comeback in Northwest, but for how long? http://kplu.org/post/wolverines-stage-comeback-northwest-how-long <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955597.mp3</p><p>One of the rarest mammals in North America is staging a comeback here in the Northwest. Wildlife biologists have tracked wolverines on mountainsides where they haven&#39;t been seen in many decades. But several new studies also <a href="http://www2.ucar.edu/news/3783/wolverine-population-threatened-climate-change ">suggest the recovery could be short lived</a> if mountain snowlines retreat due to global warming.</p><p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:47:10 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 922 at http://kplu.org Wolverines stage comeback in Northwest, but for how long? Habitat protection plan for Pacific smelt http://kplu.org/post/habitat-protection-plan-pacific-smelt <p>NOAA Fisheries Service is proposing habitat protection for the threatened Pacific smelt. The proposal released Wednesday would designate about 292 miles of freshwater creeks, rivers and estuaries in Washington, Oregon and California as critical habitat areas. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 22:22:09 +0000 The Associated Press 482 at http://kplu.org Habitat protection plan for Pacific smelt Wildlife sightings wanted from I-90 drivers http://kplu.org/post/wildlife-sightings-wanted-i-90-drivers <p>Wildlife researchers are asking holiday travelers to keep an eye out for something more than grandmother’s house. The request is specifically for people driving over the hills and through the woods on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, the Northwest’s busiest mountain pass.</p><p> Thu, 25 Nov 2010 06:36:30 +0000 Tom Banse 192 at http://kplu.org Wildlife sightings wanted from I-90 drivers