Deepen skills and knowledge, build relationships, and realize career paths.

Conservation Practice Teams (CPT) are an opportunity for second year DDCSP@UW scholars to enact nature conservation work in collaboration with a partner organization, while deepening their understanding of how environmental justice, equity, and inclusion impact their work as conservationistsEach member of the CPT offers unique perspectives, experiences, and talents that contribute to the design and outcome of the internship project.

Learning Objectives and Research Project Deliverables:

  • Learn about nature conservation issues and organizations
  • Gain appreciation for the range of approaches and perspectives employed in conservation
  • Gain deeper insight into 1-2 methods/approaches used in conservation practice**
  • Learn about project development and management
  • Gain collaboration, shared leadership, and communication skills
  • Learn to collect and analyze data and produce a media/other product
  • Bring value to conservation organization through an individual or joint project
  • Reflect on agency, identity and power across a variety of organizations engaged in conservation work

**Examples of conservation methods/approaches include; community engagement, education (formal, informal, field ecology/environmental science, communication-video-storytelling-audio, community assessment, sustainable business, engineering applications

2019 Conservation Practice Team Projects

Lake Diablo
Northern Cascades Institute

Wreck Creek Climate Change Habitat Survey and Monitoring Program

Host site; Quinault Indian Nation: Department of Natural Resources

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

The Environmental Protection department of the Quinault Indian Nation is beginning year two of a long term monitoring project to help identify localized changes due to climate change and anthropogenic processes in two coastal stream watersheds. This is an annual project that includes summertime temperature monitoring and small scale habitat monitoring throughout both watersheds. In order to help manage and mitigate for climate change on these smaller coastal rain driven systems we must better understand the changes that are occuring.

Project field site (region): Quinault Indian Nation

King County's Clean Water Healthy Habitat Agenda

Host site; King County Water and Land Resources Division

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

King County has a long history of protecting and restoring clean water and healthy habitat through land conservation, habitat restoration, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and clean-up of historic pollution. Even with these efforts, orca remain critically endangered and Puget Sound salmon runs continue to decline. As this region experiences rapid growth and a changing climate, we must focus our future investments on actions that will bring the greatest gains for orca, salmon, and our quality of life before it’s too late.

Project field site (region): King County – Puget Sound Lowlands

Bat biodiversity
Stephen collecting data on bat biodiversity in the San Juan Islands with Rochelle Kelly. Photo by Joseph Eusebio

Authentic Engagement with Priority Communities in King County, WA

Host Site; Woodland Park Zoo

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

Woodland Park Zoo’s mission is to save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives. In the Learning & Innovation department, we aim to connect our audiences with this mission by providing relevant, engaging experiences that foster empathy and inspire conservation action. For the communities that we will involve through this internship, we will focus on authentic
relationship-building to identify relevant strategies for wildlife conservation engagement and pro-environmental behavior.

Project field site (region): Seattle Metro Area

Effects of Warming Ocean Temperatures on the Marine Snail, Lacuna Vincta, in Kelp and Eelgrass Environments

Host site; University of Washington - Friday Harbor Labs

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

This project helps contribute to ecological research on how marine ecosystems are affected by climate change. Specifically looking at how snails, which are ecologically important in marine food webs, are affected by warming ocean temperatures contributes to assessments of ecological responses to climate change especially in the context of the vulnerable environments they inhabit like eelgrass beds, which are currently threatened by warming and disease.

Project field site (region): Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands

Malayshia Lumpkin and Robin Chakrabarti work on their GIS analysis. 508DD0264
Malayshia Lumpkin and Robin Chakrabarti work on their GIS analysis. 508DD0264

San Juan Islands Sound Mapping: Measuring the Sonic Impacts of Visitors to Moran and Obstruction Pass State Parks

University of Minnesota; Mark Pedelty

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

The sound-mapping project is measuring sound levels in five campgrounds in order to provide park administrators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions when setting public land use policy. Using Sound Pressure Level meters, iPads, anemometers, and Kaleidoscope sound software, team members are measuring sound levels in relation to several park use and occupancy variables.

Project field site (region): Orcas Island

Common Destiny: Linking Papua New Guinea and Lummi Nation Conservation Stewards

Host Site; Woodland Park Zoo

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

Operating under Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, this is on the front lines of utilizing a community-centered and interdisciplinary approach to natural resource management as we collaborate with other indigenous groups to strengthen the approach of local stewardship of resources. This project is the bringing together of different indigenous groups and conservation and health practitioners to learn from each other and look for common solutions.

Project field site (region): Seattle Metro Area & Lummi Nation (Bellingham)

Mount Rainier (39)

NOAA Science Camp: Engaging Youth in Hands-On Science Learning About Our Ocean and Atmosphere

Host Site; Washington Sea Grant

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

Washington Sea Grant partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to offer two one-week day camp programs to middle and high school youth that highlights the multidisciplinary research that NOAA conducts to address environmental issues on local and national scales. NOAA Science Camp is working to incorporate more traditional knowledge into existing curricula and scope future programming opportunities.

Project field site (region): Seattle Metro Area

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Saloni Dagli and Robin Chakrabarti are analyzing pollinators in this community garden in West Seattle. 508DD0116

Sharing Traditional Land Practices in the Danny Woo Community Garden

Host Site; InterIm CDA

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

By incorporating more culturally relevant and place-based environmental science lessons into the children’s programming, our WILD youth program participants will learn traditional growing techniques of culturally significant and rare plants grown from saved seeds from China, Korea, and Vietnam. This project will help PoC youth understand their connection with and contribution to the biocultural diversity of the Danny Woo Community Garden.

Project field site (region): Seattle Metro Area

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Dyaami D'Orazio and Chris Deleon (year two) analyze urban ecosystem services in a community garden in Seattle's International District. 508DD0010

Exploring Indigenous/POC Solidarity Organizing for Public Lands

Host sites; Sierra Club and Latino Outdoors

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

The way the caribou go, the way the Gwich’in go. Since time immemorial, the Gwich’in people have made this clear – their very existence and way of life depends on the health of the porcupine caribou in the Arctic Refuge. Our human lives are deeply intertwined with the natural world around us. Mainstream environmentalism, by contrast, consistently disregards this connection between people and land. Instead,
organizations, like the Sierra Club systemically overlook stories that don’t fit the John Muir mold.

This project, co-hosted by the Sierra Club and Latino Outdoors, challenges mainstream organizations (such as the Club) to explore non-traditional stories of connection to environmentalism. This project will have a strong emphasize on the intersection of fossil fuel extraction, public lands and marginalized communities with most of the work focusing on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.

Project field site (region): Seattle Metro Area

Woodland Park Zoo's Living Northwest Program: Conservation and Science in Our Home Region

Host Site; Woodland Park Zoo

Conservation Project Overview Statement:

The Seattle Urban Carnivore Project aims to increase Seattle residents’ understanding of the natural communities within which they live, and provide them with opportunities to participate in citizen science and data collection. Further, this project will provide policymakers and managers with specific recommendations for enhancing the ability of people and wildlife to coexist in urban environments. Lastly, our pond turtle and silverspot efforts are hands-on population augmentation efforts, and are making a difference in supporting sustainable populations of these important species.

Project field site (region): Seattle Metro Area

Mount Rainier
Dr. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers leads students back down the trail after completing a survey for the Meadow Watch program. 508DD0480