2010 News and Events - Spring


Western Gray Squirrel

Western Gray Squirrel research project volunteers get started building sampling tubes

On Friday, March 5th from 9am-12pm, PBI hosted a successful western gray squirrel volunteer day, where 16 participants (14 volunteers) helped assemble over 200 hair-sampling tubes for the western gray squirrel project.

You can also read about our western gray squirrel initiative in an article published in the Methow Valley News.


Lizz Wandag - 2002 PBI Intern receives Fulbright Scholarship

Lizz, a PBI conservation science intern from the Philippines, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to begin a Ph.D. program at Northern Arizona University. She will be returning to the USA after seven years of teaching in the Philippines after her internship.

Ryan Hopkins and family 2009

Ryan Hopkins - 1999 PBI Intern visits with family

Ryan and his wife, Nikki, visited in early July with their new daughter. The family is looking great! Ryan has been head of the very successful outdoor education program at Central Washington University for the last four years.

tomatos in community garden

Community garden is growing and producing food

Lettuce, spinach, chard, basil, yellow squash, tomatoes and peppers are ripe! As part of our Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture initiative, we have dedicated 1/10 acre to a community garden. Our staff and some other people in the community are growing a variety of vegetables this summer using sustainable, organic gardening practices. The garden is open to anyone who would like to participate. More...

Hans Smith making GIS maps

New York Times article refers to PBI's maps

Super high-quality maps produced by Hans Smith now adorn an innovative, new home in the Methow Valley and were mentioned in a recent New York Times article. Order your own copies today!

Santosh Gaikwad

Santosh Gaikwad - 2004 PBI Intern chosen as Chevening Scholar

Santosh, a PBI conservation science intern from India, has worked as a bio-informatics specialist in India after his return. He has just been selected for a prestigious one-year Chevening Scholar at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, United Nations Environment Program, in Great Britain. More...

JP Kemmick - founder, Trek to Re-Energize America

Pacific Biodiversity Institute hosts Trek to Re-Energize America

On May 21-22, a group of young bicyclists visited our office after biking over the North Cascades along WA State Highway 20. They spent the night here and talked with us about their bicycle trek from Seattle to Washington DC to help draw attention to the need to improve our society's means of transportation so that there is less carbon pumped into the atmosphere and we make less of a contribution to global warming.

You can read about their expedition on their website:


Balsamroot sunflowers at Dougs Beach State Park


Palouse River at Palouse Falls State Park, WA

Ecological Assessments and Rare Plant Surveys of 17 State Parks Completed

In 2008, Pacific Biodiversity Institute completed field evaluations on 17 Washington State Parks. The reports were completed for the for the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission. You can view the final reports from these surveys in PDF format by following the links below.

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