At some point Cassis is probably gonna say something like ‘Malu, more than even Merlot and myself you’ve brought our clan so many songs. Your sound has sort of become the sound of the clan, the children sing Lilypad songs. Is protecting salmon spawn really what you want to do?’
And Malu just laughs, like ‘Of course it is, that’s my mission, my charge. Singing is just something I do to unwind at the end of the day, it can’t be compared to the fulfillment of my life’s work. And the musical experience has been mutual. Miss Safiri has taught me many of your clan’s songs from when you were in the Starfall isles. They’re very beautiful, and it’s clear Arcanites love the stars the way my people love the sea. I find myself singing them plenty!’
And Cassis is just goes home to Merlot crying ‘MERLOT HE’S NATURALLY TALENTED, IT’S NOT FAIR BUT I CAN’T EVEN BE MAD AT HIM BECAUSE HE’S SO SINCERE ABOUT HIS FISH ;A;’
When it’s time to spawn, salmon stop eating and begin migrating back to their natal stream for reproduction. Some swim thousands of miles to get there, living off of fat stores while their bodies slowly decay.
Check Out the Close Ups of Coho Spawning on the Salmon River - taken in November while conducting a coho spawning survey on the Salmon River in northwest Oregon.
The rivers, streams, and lakes of Oregon and Washington are home to a diverse array of fish species, and the BLM is committed to the restoration and protection of the aquatic habitat the fish are dependent on.
Salmon and trout species found on BLM-managed lands include bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, redband trout, steelhead trout, and chinook and sockeye salmon. Five of these species (bull trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, steelhead trout, chinook salmon, and sockeye salmon) are on the Endangered Species Act list in all or portions of their distribution.
The BLM addresses the management of fish and their habitat in District Resource Management Plans and through such initiatives as the Northwest Forest Plan, PACFISH and InFish. The BLM is also a member of the Federal Caucus, which is a group of nine federal agencies with management responsibilities for listed fish species. The Caucus works together to improve interagency coordination and management of all the factors that influence fish survival: habitat, hatcheries, harvest, and hydropower operations.
The Gulkana Wild and Scenic River is home to a wide variety of Alaskan wildlife and provides a unique viewing experience to all who visit. While floating or recreating on, or around the river, you may see an assortment of grizzly bears, black bears, moose, caribou, beavers, coyotes, otters, bald eagles, owls, and waterfowl. There are more than 33 species of mammals and 59 species of birds known to live in the Gulkana River basin!
The Nelchina caribou herd dominates as the most abundant large mammal in the corridor. However, there is also a high density of grizzly bears in the area due to the equally high availability of spawning salmon. Black bears are less common to see along the river, in part due to the large amount of the more competitive grizzly bears.
The Gulkana is also considered to be one of the most popular sport fishing streams in Alaska. Rainbow trout, arctic grayling, king salmon, red salmon, whitefish, long nose suckers, lamprey and steelhead all can be found in the river and surrounding streams.
This #mypubliclandsroadtrip stop provides stunning views of mountains, rivers and wildlife that’s worth watching!
Spend the week with us as the #mypubliclandsroadtrip heads to BLM Oregon and Washington.
Sure, there will be beautiful scenery, and no doubt, great mountain biking, hiking, and fishing. Also along the way, we’ll check out: unique places like an outdoor air crash museum and elk viewing area; new paleo and fossil finds; employee work like underwater coho salmon research; and much more.