Author, wildlife tracker David Moskowitz to talk about caribou in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Wildlife tracker, author and photographer David Moskowitz will present a visual journey into the world of the mountain caribou of the Pacific Northwest at 7 p.m. today.

The event sponsored by the Jefferson Land Trust and Western Wildlife Outreach is free, but a $10 donation is requested at the presentation at the Cotton Building at 607 Water St.

Moskowitz will tell stories and show photographs from his field research for a conservation initiative exploring the natural history of the Pacific Northwest and the challenges caribou face for survival in a changing landscape.

Moskowitz said in a news release that fewer than 15 caribou remain in the herd that crosses back and forth between the United States and Canada.

As the caribou habitat is steadily altered and destroyed by human activity, herds across the southern range are disappearing quickly.

Experts, he said, now estimate their population is less than 1,500 across all of British Columbia.

Moskowitz is the author of two books, “Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest” and “Wolves in the Land of Salmon.”

According to his website,, he has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation.

He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands.

Moskowitz’s experience includes training mountaineering instructors for Outward Bound, leading wilderness expeditions throughout the western United States and in Alaska, teaching natural history seminars and being the lead instructor for wildlife tracking programs at Wilderness Awareness School.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and outdoor education from Prescott College.

For information, call 360-379-9501 or email

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