Nature's Adventure Sweepstakes
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The Nature Conservancy and Alaska Airlines are teaming up to protect some of the West’s most important places – and you can help! When you vote for your favorite project, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a one-week trip for two to Montana’s magnificent Rocky Mountain getaway, Pine Butte Guest Ranch. The Conservancy project that receives the most votes will receive a contribution from Alaska Airlines.
Prize: Pine Butte Guest Ranch: Experience a Magical Connection with Nature
Montana’s Crown of the Continent: Space for Grizzly Bears and Cowboys
On Montana’s Crown of the Continent, The Nature Conservancy is ensuring the future for two of the West’s most enduring icons: grizzly bears and cowboys. The Crown of the Continent is one of Earth’s last Edens – a place where grizzly bears, lynx, wolves, elk, and moose still roam free and wild. In fact, no plant or animal is known to have gone extinct here in recorded history. Headwaters of three of the continent’s great rivers spring from the Crown. It’s also home to ranching families who have nurtured and protected the land and water that has kept the Crown whole for generation after generation. Tens of thousands of acres of prime grizzly habitat on private ranches are now permanently protected and ranch families are coexisting with bears. But looming threats of development and climate change are posing a threat to this natural harmony.
Please join with the Conservancy and our public and private partners to ensure that clean water, grizzly bears, and cowboys remain part of this extraordinary place.
Alaska’s Legendary Rivers: Protect Wild Salmon
The Nature Conservancy is protecting places in Alaska where nature – and everything else – runs on wild salmon. When these fish journey home, they bring an incredible pulse of life to places where dozens of animals – bears, orca whales and bald eagles – rely on them. This remarkable moment in the Alaska summer brings a healthy bustle to coastal villages, where certified sustainable fishing traditions keep people at work on boats and main streets. For the future of salmon, wildlife, and Alaska’s way of life, the Conservancy knows that how the lands surrounding our lakes and rivers are used is as important as how our waters are cared for.
This is why The Nature Conservancy is protecting the full range of wild salmon habitat across Alaska with science and hands-on projects.
California’s Migrating Birds: Create Bird Habitats
The Nature Conservancy is using the power of big data and market forces to create temporary “Pop-up” Habitats for millions of migrating birds running out of places to stopover on their epic annual journey. In California's Central Valley, where 90% of land has been converted to farm land and wetlands are scarce, The Nature Conservancy has developed a market-driven, science-based solution that enables nature to thrive and people to prosper. Using a combination of crowd-sourced data from birders, predictive modeling and a reverse auction, the Conservancy is encouraging farmers to temporarily flood their fields at the exact time and location birds need it most. Called “Pop-up” Habitats, they’re an entirely new and sustainable way to rent—not buy—habitat for birds at scale.
Help the Conservancy reach its goal to create one million acres of habitat in the Central Valley alone and millions more in all four North American Flyways.
Washington’s Natural Heart: Save Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a national treasure. Its glacier-carved peaks, lush river valleys and rich marine waters are home to orcas, salmon, eagles, crabs, oysters and over 7,000 species of wildlife. Local farms provide homes and restaurants with the finest meat, wine and produce. The Sound is a rich source of food and recreation for Washington residents and visitors. And it supports the cultural traditions of Puget Sound tribes. But the region is threatened by pollution, overuse and flooding. Humans and wildlife face increasing challenges, and the region’s natural beauty is in peril. Beaches are closing, Orca habitat is shrinking and Salmon runs are in decline.
The Nature Conservancy is on the ground, working to restore the health of Puget Sound for people, fish and wildlife. The Nature Conservancy’s high-impact projects protect people and nature while supporting recreation, agriculture and local communities, making a tangible difference for Puget Sound.
Hawaii’s ‘Super Sucker’ Vacuums: Restore Coral Reefs
Using innovative underwater vacuums called “Super Suckers,” The Nature Conservancy is removing the scourge of invasive algae from Oʻahu’s largest and most beautiful bay. The beauty of windward Oʻahu's Kāneʻohe Bay belies the trouble that lurks beneath its surface. Here, The Nature Conservancy and its state partners are working to free the bay's beautiful coral reefs from the chokehold of invasive algae. Hawaii’s coral reefs and nearshore waters are home to more than 7,000 marine life forms, a quarter of them found nowhere else on Earth. These reefs serve as nature’s breakwaters, sheltering island communities from the destructive power of the sea. They also provide countless other benefits, including fresh fish, surf and snorkeling and beaches enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Using the “Super Suckers,” scientists are clearing the reefs of invasive algae, and then seeding the reefs with native sea urchins that feed on the algae and keep it from growing back.
Utah’s Critical Bird Haven: Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
One of The Nature Conservancy in Utah’s most significant conservation targets, the Great Salt Lake is home to more than 250 species of migratory birds – one of the world’s largest gatherings of wildlife. A critical stopover along the Pacific Flyway, millions of birds rely on the lake every year, many traveling thousands of miles. The Conservancy has protected more than 4,400 acres of wetlands critical for wildlife at the lake, sponsored hydrologic studies and research, and established an award-winning youth education program that teaches area fourth-graders the value of this one-of-a-kind resource.
The lake is also home to the Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, where visitors can enjoy – at no cost – an innovative, educational visitor center and one-mile wetland boardwalk.
Vote for your favorite Conservation Project and Enter for a Chance to Win the Trip of a Lifetime!
No purchase necessary. Open to US residents 18 or older. View official rules.
Sweepstakes participants without a Facebook account can enter by sending a 3x5 card with name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, and phone number to Alaska Airlines Nature’s Adventure Sweeps, Alaska Airlines, P.O. Box 68900, c/o SEAVX Seattle, WA 98168. Mailed entries must be received by Saturday, May 31, 2014.