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CONSERVATION CANINES - University of Washington Foundation
October 30, 2012

As the Marketing and Communications Director at the University of Washington, I get to work with Conservation Canines in a unique sort of way. I get to help them tell their story and through this process I get to learn about all the work the dogs are doing to help us better understand what is happening in the natural world. Their work has helped our scientists have a much more thorough understanding of what is happening in a variety of ecosystems. They are able to detect killer whale scat from a mile away, they can smell turtle eggs and lead researchers to hard to find nests, they can detect salamander in New Mexico and they track down the tiniest scat from pocket mice in the Sierra Nevadas. Their sense of smell and tenacity to play with a ball has provided lots of insight into the impact that mankind is having on certain threatened and endangered species around the world. Plus, who doesn't love a cute, furry, happy faced dog?!!! They are definitely one of the most fun aspects of my job and the handlers who work with the dogs are fantastic to work with as well. And, all of this from dogs that were rescued from shelters (many of them from kill shelters). What a life changing experience for these dogs, their handlers and now lots of other animals in our natural world.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

CONSERVATION CANINES - University of Washington Foundation
April 16, 2012

The Conservation Canines at the University of Washington do amazing work to help scientists better understand the well being of wildlife throughout the world. The really cool thing about this program, is that it uses almost exclusively dogs that are found in shelters. Quite a few of the dogs were rescued from kill shelters and now they are doing a very meaningful job. The dogs detect the scat of a variety of species and the scat is then analyzed in the Center's lab to glean valuable information about wildlife without using invasive tracking and tagging. Through DNA analysis of the scat, scientists are able to learn everything from an animal's diet to its stress level to its reproductive health. The dogs are able to detect scat even in the deepest snow fall, which has proven useful in research done on moose, caribou and wolf in the Alberta Oil Sands. The dogs spend up to six months in the field, depending on research funding and the data required. Before a study begins, dogs train for up to a month to identify a specific animal's scat. The Conservation Canines have sniffed scat on three continents for studies of more than a dozen species including bear, tiger, leopard, jaguar, bobcat, wolf, wolverine, caribou, moose, cougar, badger, lynx, pocket mouse, killer whale, and sea turtle. These dogs need our private support to supplement the dwindling government grants. Private support would enable the Conservation Canines to conduct pilot projects at a reduced cost and demonstrate to prospective clients just what the dogs can do. It is amazing the amount of data that scientists are able to study based on the scat samples. And, the best thing is that wildlife doesn't have to be trapped or tagged to get extremely detailed information.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

Video : Segment of Timeless Discoveries that talks about Conservation Canines

FOSTERCLUB
September 14, 2009

FosterClub is a great organization aimed at providing support to youth and young adults who have been involved in the foster care system. Celeste Bodnar is passionate about helping these youth get connected to positive life experiences. I've worked with her to educate legislative representatives on the challenges that youth in foster care face. The youth who Celeste helped to prepare were incredible spokespeople and did a wonderful job at advocating for their brothers and sisters in care. Organizations like this are incredibly valuable to our society.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

educating state legislators about issues surrounding foster care and child welfare that ultimately resulted in new legislation that extended benefits to age 21 for youth in foster care.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how responsive they are and how passionate and knowledgeable they are about the issues they advocate on.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all extremely knowledgeable about the issues and passionate about what they were doing. Most, if not all, had direct experience in the child welfare system, so they spoke from the heart.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the child welfare system in this country and could really save our state governments a lot of money!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I was the chairperson for National Foster Care month and was able to work directly with Celeste and the FosterClub Allstars to educate legislators on foster care issues.