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Doors to the event open at 6:30 pm for socializing, and the program will begin at 7 pm.
Photo: Northern Spotted Owl adult with young, USFWS Endangered Species
Did you know there are 43 state-listed species in Washington and 268 identified Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN)?
Some of these are the charismatic species you already know about such as Grizzly Bear, Northern Spotted Owl, and Killer Whale. There are also several less often highlighted species such as the common loon, larch mountain salamander, and mardon skipper butterfly.
At this presentation you’ll be provided a quick overview of Washington’s listing process and regulations and hear briefly about our state’s Wildlife Action Plan.
After gaining insight into the administrative backdrop, you’ll learn about the State’s conservation work to recover specific endangered species. With a general focus on birds, such as marbled murrelet, sage grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse, you’ll also learn about the exciting reintroductions of fisher and pygmy rabbits, as well as our collaborative work to recover prairie species and habitats in south Puget Sound, including the ever-charismatic streaked horned lark.
Hannah Anderson is the Listing and Recovery Section Manager for the Diversity Division, Wildlife Program at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington is in biological anthropology focusing on human origin and primates, which led her to seek a career in wildlife. She obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College, her thesis focusing on the streaked horned lark, a rare subspecies of horned lark that occurs on the western prairies of Oregon and Washington.
Hannah has been working with rare and endangered species for most of her professional career beginning with a short stint doing Endangered Species Act biological assessments for the Washington Department of Transportation. She left the administrative world and got on-the-ground working for several years as a biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Her endangered species recovery work began in earnest when she took a position with The Nature Conservancy of Washington where her role was to bring together entities that shared an interest in conservation of south Puget Sound prairie habitats and species and align them together to identify and advance critical recovery actions for a suite of prairie species – including the ever-charismatic streaked horned lark. The Nature Conservancy’s program was spun off and merged with another non-profit, the Center for Natural Lands Management where Hannah’s role continued to expand. She managed several large profile conservation programs and nurtured a collaborative community of conservation partners. Hannah is now leveraging her experience gleaned from her career in non-profit to advance recovery of the 43 listed species in Washington.