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About kortumofdiscovery

Kortum of Discovery (a slight play on Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery) is a family team that is Affirming the Exceptional Beauty of Nature, one Adventure at a Time. With a focus toward rare and endangered species in the Great Basin and American west: discoveries, unique methodologies, and many “tall tales to tell” are continually being shared around the campfire!

The Benefits of Following a Plan of Action as Outlined

Plans-of-action (business plans) are often the result of thoughtful deliberation by a group of individuals; a Board, or Executive Committee, or a Team that is dedicated to thinking things through in a comprehensive and sound manner. For most of us … Continue reading

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Genetic Facts should not be Overlooked in Pursuit of the Truth

__________________________________________________________ For decades now, genetic science has continuously been breaking new ground regarding the ability to identify specific trout species and their ancestral lineages. Though we are currently still without the ultimate identifiers that would tell the story of the … Continue reading

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The Most Difficult Summary this Author has ever had to Post

__________________________________________________________ We all know that risk is involved in an effort to propagate a completely wild strain of cutthroat trout into a population that could be utilized to restore a phenotypical representation of an extinct strain of trout. Yet positive … Continue reading

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Native Salmonid Enthusiasm; Retrospection and Consideration

the most extraordinary aspect to this story is the degree of amazing science that was applied in order to prevent the Redfish Lake Sockeye salmon from disappearing into the annals of extinction Continue reading

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Past History, Geology – the Hope of Future Prospect & Promise

Ever since awareness of the Alvord Cutthroat Trout, and the presence of a phenotypical ACT remnant in SE Oregon came to light (eight+ years ago now), a fair amount of thought has been applied regarding the origins and development of … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Desert Stream

More often than not, rain is not something Oregonians rejoice to see . . . But the onslaught of storms bringing rain to the West Coast are a welcome sight, especially since some of that moisture is beginning to make … Continue reading

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Status Progress Update: Fish Biologist and Alvord Phenotypes

No doubt, we’ve been long overdue for reaching-out to the Klamath Hatchery to find out how the juvenile phenotypical Alvord cutthroat trout have been doing. And, long overdue for touching base with the ODFW Hines District Office of regarding their … Continue reading

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Refugium: An area where special environmental circumstances enable a species to survive – after extinction in adjacent areas.

Even with some hopeful success regarding the plight and the effort to rescue a remnant of phenotypical Alvord cutthroat trout in SE Oregon (such as hopeful survival of up-to eighty phenotypes at SE Oregon’s Fort Klamath Hatchery) — yet the … Continue reading

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Sad or Sober News Can be the Most Difficult Kind to Report On

Sometimes it is so difficult to write a post about Alvord phenotypes . . .  Especially when the most recent news does not seem to be particularly encouraging, uplifting, edifying . . . Yet much as ‘beauty is in the eye … Continue reading

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