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Les Welsh is NWF's Pacific Regional Representative, supporting our affiliates in Alaska, Hawai'i, Washington, Oregon and California. He is based in the Pacific Regional Center in Seattle, WA.
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Music and Arts Festival Celebrates Wild Salmon and Bristol Bay

6/19/2013 // By Les Welsh

Come to Alaska this summer and join National Wildlife Federation’s Alaska affiliate, the Renewable Resources Foundation, for Salmonstock—a three-day music and arts festival celebrating Bristol Bay, wild salmon and the people who depend upon them! Held August 2-4 at the […] Read more >

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NWF and Its Allies Urge Lawmakers to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding

4/26/2013 // By Les Welsh

National Wildlife Federation and Conservation Council for Hawai‘i joined forces recently with the Marine Conservation Institute and key Hawaiian community, cultural and conservation organizations to send a letter to federal lawmakers that the critically endangered ilioholoikauaua (Hawaiian monk seal) must […] Read more >

Hawaiian monk seal in its native habitat. Vanderlip.

Conservation Council for Hawai‘i Named NWF Affiliate of the Year

4/19/2013 // By Les Welsh

At its annual meeting in March, National Wildlife Federation honored Conservation Council for Hawai‘i (CCH) as its Affiliate of the Year. At the forefront of major campaigns to help recover imperiled Hawaiian plants and animals on the brink of extinction […] Read more >

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Building a National Constituency for America’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

9/4/2012 // By Les Welsh

Considered the most endangered marine mammal found only in U.S. waters and one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, the Hawaiian monk seal needs citizens from across the nation speaking up on its behalf if it is going […] Read more >

Affiliate Program Aims to Empower Returning War Veterans Through Conservation and Angling

7/16/2012 // By Les Welsh

National Wildlife Federation’s Oregon affiliate, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders (ANWS), is preparing to launch an exciting and innovative program that aims to help returning war veterans develop new skills and ways of responding to stress while learning to preserve […] Read more >

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Another Hawaiian Monk Seal is Found Dead on Kaua‘i

4/27/2012 // By Les Welsh

The illegal, intentional killing of endangered Hawaiian monk seals unfortunately continues with yet another found dead on a northeastern beach on Kaua‘i. Known to researchers as RA16 and nicknamed “Noho,” the seal was born and raised in the waters around […] Read more >

Ruhu’s return to the Pacific Northwest

4/2/2012 // By Les Welsh

Ruhu’s – the shorthand name given by birders who love, band, and track Rufous Hummingbirds, have returned to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest like clockwork again this year. For twenty-two years I have lived on a small […] Read more >