So close, yet so far away

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10:06am


London Bernier

If I close my eyes and listen to the sound of the wind coming through the window of our spare bedroom-turned-office, I can almost imagine what floating down the Henry’s Fork might feel like. Instead, I open my eyes and look to the Henry’s Fork angler’s access map I hung on the wall next to my desk. Almost the same thing, right? 

While I would love to be spending my days on the river collecting data, learning the ins and outs of that map, and catching fish that would make my dad jealous, I’ve still found myself knee deep in meaningful work that has given me a connection to the Henry’s Fork even though I’m 2600 miles away. 

A shot from ADCP training a few weeks ago. An ADCP is an acoustic doppler current profiler that Christina uses to take measurements of stream width, depth and velocity. 

I am close to wrapping up my first project of the summer: a glossary of hydrology terms to assist in interpreting HFF’s scientific publications – for example, Rob’s daily water report. I remember reading the water report for the first time and realizing a significant portion of the terminology was foreign to me. While this was not very encouraging at the time, to look back and see the progress and growth has been a great way to start the summer. Between the water course and reading numerous blogs, water reports, water budgets, water accounting manuals, and pieces of peer reviewed literature, I was able to identify and define relevant terms. As I worked through the process, I found definitions with context or examples were much more effective than those without. I translated this to my own glossary, trying my best to connect terms to the Henry’s Fork. This has assisted with building my own understanding of the Henry’s Fork and I hope it can serve as an effective guide for the many individuals and organizations that interact with HFF. 

Outside of my individual work, I have been attending the Summer Seminar Series talks hosted every Tuesday evening. This past week, Dr. Jennifer Pierce from Boise State University presented on climate change in the West; more specifically, she focused on her work with wildfires and hydrologic systems and how they are impacted by climate change. Although we focus greatly on rivers and fish here at HFF, her work on fires and their impact not just ecologically, but economically was fascinating. If you’re interesting in tuning into the next presentation in the Seminar Series, you can find the Zoom link here on the HFF website.

In my free time, I’ve been trying to minimize screen time and maximize outside time. I’ve managed to fit in some hiking, yoga, trail running, and fishing. We took the canoe out looking for stripers last week and managed to come across a large school of pogies, also known as bunker, being rounded up by a seal. It was tough to convince any stripers our lures were better than live bait, but it was mesmerizing to watch the pogies flash and jump straight out of the water. We eventually managed to catch a few stripers and get dragged around the cove before calling it an evening. 

An inlet of Casco Bay on a beautiful afternoon. The no see ums were out in full force.

Making good use of the HFF hat I recieved a few weeks ago!