Plan to protect Columbia River salmon backfires; predator birds flee

Mail Tribune – A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an island in the Columbia River has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season. Two dead cormorants and 14 cracked eggs are the only recent evidence that the birds have tried to return to nesting grounds on East Sand Island since abandoning nests in May, The Daily Astorian Read More…

Oregon To Seek Permit To Lethally Remove Salmonid-Eating Sea Lions At…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – Oregon will soon apply to NOAA Fisheries for a permit to add lethal removal to its pinniped management plan at Willamette Falls south of Portland. The number of sea lions preying on salmon and steelhead at the falls is significant, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and that is one of the many factors negatively impacting salmon runs, Read More…

Columbia Gorge a walleye bonanza this year

The Columbian – This spring chinook season in Southwest Washington was so flaky — with the high streamflows by mid-March and low Bonneville Dam counts — that I only made one trip for the premier fish of the Columbia River. I opted instead to chase walleyes in the Columbia Gorge and that turned out to be a fantastic choice. My neighbor and I fished the stretch of the Columbia between Read More…

9.5 foot white sturgeon found at Keno Dam

Herald and News – The carcass of an extremely large white sturgeon was discovered Thursday during a routine check of Keno Dam. Estimated at 9 1/2 feet and 250 pounds, the fish was found by Todd Engelbrecht, a hydro foreman with PacifiCorp, when he was checking the spill gate for obstructions. Engelbrecht said he thought the carcass might have been a log, but after opening the gate Read More…

California Protects Rare Foothill Yellow-legged Frog

Sierra Sun Times – The California Fish and Game Commission voted on Wednesday to advance the foothill yellow-legged frog as a candidate species under the California Endangered Species Act, responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity. Candidates receive all the protections of a listed species for a year while the commission and staff decide whether to provide Read More…

How Satellite Imagery Is Transforming Conservation Science

Yale 360 – As recently as the 1980s, gray seals were effectively extinct on Cape Cod. So when researchers announced last week that the population there has recovered not to 15,000 gray seals, the previous official estimate, but to as many as 50,000, it was dramatic evidence of how quickly conservation can sometimes work. But the researchers, writing in the journal BioScience, weren’t Read More…

Scary looking fish make new home at Feather River Fish Hatchery

KRCR 7 News – Lamphreys are an eel-like creature that have made a new home out of the Feather River Fish Hatchery. The lamphrey has always lived in the depths of the Feather River, but the Oroville Dam spillway crisis has made them more visible than they have been for decades. Jana Frazier, a tour guide with the Department of Water Resources, posted pictures of a lamphrey on Read More…

Columbia River shad run explodes in near-record burst over Bonneville…

The Spokesman-Review – Holy shad! Fish managers couldn't believe their eyes when they scanned the fish count numbers from Bonneville Dam this morning. "I had to call the COE fish count hotline message to confirm 497,738 shad were counted at Bonneville Dam yesterday," said Joe Hymer, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife salmon specialist in Vancouver. "It confirmed the count." The Read More…

Brown Bag Seminar: The Delta as Changing Landscapes

Maven's Notebook – Letitia Grenier is the principal investigator for the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Delta Landscapes project, which recently completed an in-depth analysis on the change in the Delta overtime and is now offering science-based guidance on how the Delta’s ecosystem health can be recovered as part of a working landscape. Ms. Grenier is one of a number of authors on Read More…

More confusion than clarity in tunnels EIR

eSan Joaquin – The final version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan is better than earlier drafts but still contains “key flaws,” independent scientists say, including an environmental impact report that is so chock full of facts that it doesn’t tell a clear story. The latest draft critique marks the Independent Science Board’s fifth review of various iterations of the Read More…