As of this posting, we have been trapping fish moving up the Buffalo River Fish Ladder for the past six weeks. As promised, I have put together some information to share what we have seen so far this sampling season and how that compares to what we have seen in the past.
The Henry’s Fork Foundation’s Salt Lake City event was a great success once again thanks to our dedicated supporting members in the Salt Lake area. Thank you to everyone who attended! We had great turnout with just a little over 260 people in attendance! With a large selection in the silent auction, fun trips to take advantage of in the live auction, and an incredible keynote speaker, Jeff Metcalf, it made for an exciting evening of fun, visiting, and gathering for a great cause.
Oxygen content in the water is critical to fish in the same way oxygen in the air is critical for us. The way we measure oxygen content for fish is milligrams per liter (mg/L) of dissolved oxygen, or DO. Habitat requirements, such as average DO requirements, are useful in our research and monitoring programs for interpreting our data and designing management actions.
What is meant by average dissolved oxygen requirements?
I was first introduced to the Buffalo Fish Ladder in mid-June of 2015 on the first day of my internship. I had arrived the night before after having driven for two days from California and had spent the majority of my first day preparing the field next to the Fisherman’s Access parking lot for Henrys Fork Day. I was just go, go, going and I didn’t quite feel like I had landed in Idaho… until we started netting fish trapped at the top of the Buffalo River Fish Ladder. Seeing Henrys Fork trout, however small, was grounding. It felt like my feet had finally stopped moving.
As of early February, accumulation of snowpack in the Snake River Basin has reached about two-thirds of its annual maximum, which makes this a good time to assess the current water situation and make some projections for the upcoming spring.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our 2015 "Sweet Home Henry's Fork" Photo Contest! We received so many beautiful photos from folks all across the country. We are so lucky to spend time in a place as beautful as the Henry's Fork and to have such talented folks to capture their favorite moments on or near the river! Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page as we feature more and more of the great photos we received.
Last year, Rob wrote a "Top-10" blog about HFF's top programmatic accomlishments for the year 2014. We'd like to keep that tradition going, so this year Rob, Brandon, and I came up with HFF's Top-10 List 2015:
2015 was a busy year here at the Henry’s Fork Foundation. Now that the year is coming to a close, we’re counting down our top-10 programmatic accomplishments of 2015.
My fishing during calendar year 2015 ended the same way it began: the sun had just dropped below the horizon, ice was beginning to form on my line, and in the last purple light of a short winter evening I could see a pod of trout in front of me, rising to midges.
Photo: Early winter evening on lower Henry's Fork, December 2015.