The Spring-run Salmon Saga of the San Joaquin

We’ve recently reported on the long and fascinating history of Friant Dam, the collapse of San Joaquin River salmon populations, and the groundbreaking lawsuit that resulted in Read More…

In need of a fish ladder facelift

Many Chico residents, hoping to escape the intense summer heat of the California Central Valley, often retreat to the cool waters of Big Chico Creek in Bidwell Read More…

Spring into action!

Last week we had the opportunity to observe spring-run Chinook salmon ascending the Parrot-Phelan diversion dam on Butte Creek near Chico. Currently the largest naturally spawning spring-run Read More…

Freshwater middlemen?

In much the same way forage fish transfer energy up the food chain from simpler phyto- and zooplankton to more complex fish, bird, and mammal predators in Read More…