of Fisheries Biologists and a Remarkable Genetic History of Cutthroat Trout

Years ago we came across an article in the Lacrosse Tribune regarding a local Fisheries Biologist who was utilizing what were then deemed to be somewhat unorthodox methods for restoring native trout — yet his work yielded superlative results, and perhaps set a model for other biologists to come who are confronted with potential demise of a native strain of trout. Continue reading

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A Slight Digression, Sept. 2012 Native Fish Society Report

Without a real update status report, and without a visit to the region of SE Oregon where this remnant of phenotypical Alvord cutthroat trout have persisted through the last years, it is difficult to have a tremendous amount of information to report on and to write about…

Yet, in reviewing literature on the region and the subject at hand, I realized that there is a report from September 2012 published by the Native Fish Society with relevant history or perspective regarding Trout Creek’s neighbors to the east: Willow and Whitehorse Creeks.

Embedded below is a brief excerpt from the Conservation and Science Report, September 2012, by Bill Baake: Continue reading

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Extreme Bitter Cold — to Unprecedented Devastating Drought

I have to say, I really don’t like the way this winter has been shaping-up.  Especially in terms of what it means, and what it will mean, for these fledgling trout in SE Oregon . . .

As Michael Snyder of American Dream wrote last week: “The worst drought in the history of California is happening right now.”

” . . . 2013 was the driest year ever recorded in the state of California . . . the driest January that the state of California has ever experienced . . . The worst drought in the history of California is happening right now.” Continue reading

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The Treachery of Winter in the Barren Desert

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Sometimes it is so challenging to write; to carry on with a dialogue regarding this strain of trout that is not supposed to exist.

The last time that we were on the system, temps were well below freezing—in the teens at night, and still below freezing (in the shade) during the day.

But, an extreme cold front hit the Pacific Northwest after that last visit, and for a week or so the lows on the west (Pacific) side of the Cascades were -10⁰ F at night, and roughly -30⁰ F at night for a week (or more) on the creek.

It truly is incomprehensible how these trout can survive in such extremes.

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Ice Fishing — For Extinct Alvord Cutthroat Trout

The extreme battle for survival that the native cutthroat trout of the west have had to endure in order to perpetuate their species from generation to generation; from pluvial times of millennia ago, to searing parched drought conditions of today’s western desert, have been recounted in previous posts; with what was deemed to be a reasonably complete picture of the strife and the struggle that these trout endure on a perpetual basis. Continue reading

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This Year’s Last Journey — To Paradise, in the Desert

OK, most (or at least many) wouldn’t consider a remote tiny creek basin in the SE Oregon Desert to be paradise, or anything close to it ( in fact, perhaps the exact opposite . . . ) but the reality is, that to some of us, there are aspects to this region and basin that do qualify this area for “paradise status.”

One plus is the fact that an individual could hike and fish, all day, and not see another fisherman — or, another human being for that matter (from dawn to dusk, or all night, or all the next day . . . etc.)  Continue reading

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In Memorandum: A Generation Past — A Legacy Delivered — Who Will Carry the Torch?

It is with notable sadness that this post is composed, to acknowledge that Dr. Robert Behnke died the evening of September 13th.    His funeral service was September 21st, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in Ft. Collins, CO.

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To Save an Extinct Species — from Extinction

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Of course, as the title implies, that has been the dilemma (an oxymoron) and difficulty from the very beginning with this remnant of phenotypical Alvord cutthroat trout . . . Continue reading

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Sometimes ― Hope Springs from the Tiniest of Miracles

Tiny Miracles

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