Date: 2019

Science Friday: Predictions for Columbia/Snake River summer steelhead and a new study on ocean distribution

Winter steelhead season is winding down, if not over in some rivers. Time to regroup and prepare for summer runs!   This Friday we have a science two-pack for you.   First, a bit of cautious optimism. More steelhead are predicted to return to the Columbia River basin this year than in the past two … Continued

Honoring Two Oregon Treasures and Protecting Steamboat Creek

Last Thursday, a small group of local advocates gathered in Roseburg, Oregon to pay homage to Frank and Jeanne Moore. Frank is a WWII veteran who landed on the beaches of Normandy, and upon returning from his service settled with his wife Jeanne on the banks of the North Umpqua River. There the couple built … Continued

Protecting Oregon’s Steelhead Heritage

Few Oregonians have had a more profound, positive influence on so many people in the Beaver State than Frank and Jeanne Moore. This remarkable couple, whose decades-long efforts to protect Oregon’s natural treasures—in particular steelhead streams and native flowers—have been an inspiration for many, were recently honored by the nation with the passage of the … Continued

Lessons from a steelhead rescue and captive rearing program on California’s Carmel River

By: Natalie Stauffer-Olsen, Staff Scientist, TU’s California Science Program   One of the things that I have always admired most about O. mykiss is how adaptable and resilient they are. The rainbow trout, in both its resident and anadromous forms, evolved to take advantage of the most abundant habitats for their different life history stages … Continued

A follow up to last week’s post: What is happening to steelhead in Hood Canal?

Last week we reviewed a study on a novel hatchery steelhead program that was implemented in a Hood Canal stream to help save and rebuild a population of wild steelhead that were on the brink.  As part of the post, we highlighted the non-traditional methods that were used and why those may have helped the … Continued

Science Friday: Can innovative methods for a wild broodstock hatchery rebuild a depleted wild population

This week we send you off with a review of a recent before-and-after study on hatchery steelhead published by Barry Berejikian and Donald Van Doornick (find the study here).  The goal of this long-term study, conducted in a handful of rivers in Hood Canal, Washington, was to determine if a well-designed hatchery program could help … Continued

Science Friday: Deschutes River (Oregon) rainbow and steelhead, how much do they overlap during spawning?

First Friday of the New Year, and we are serving up a fresh batch of steelhead science to help you further appreciate the remarkable relationship between resident and sea-going forms of O. mykiss.   In this post, we review a study published in 2000 by Christian Zimmerman and Gordie Reeves, two scientists that have contributed … Continued