Endangered Species Day

Last Friday (May 17) was Endangered Species Day - an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Today's blog gives an overview of a few endangered species the Endangered Species Coalition highlight on their website that are…

Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a senior at Syracuse University studying Biology and minoring in Economics. Her research focuses primarily on how watershed degradation affects biodiversity. Figure 1. Salmon utilizing a manmade fish ladder to bypass a dam in their quest for migration.…

Celebrating World Wildlife Day!

By Christina Belasco Today we celebrate World Wildlife Day. Acting to preserve our planet's treasured biodiversity is more important now than ever. To honor our beloved creatures we share with you all today photos from our African and North American case study watersheds! We can never forget that these animals all depend on healthy, clean fresh…

Let Salmon Migrate Up the Snake River Again

By Alison Jones, NWNL Executive Director Fish ladder in a Columbia River Dam. Alison Jones/NWNL Mitigation against impacts on salmon populations by the Columbia/Snake River dams has been deemed insufficient.  Thus, NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) has asked the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA and the Bureau of Reclamation to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for breaching, bypassing,…

What are anadromous fish?

Tomorrow is World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). The ancient migration story of fish ascending rivers from oceans to breed is miraculous.  Such fish - called anadromous, from the Greek word  “anadramein” meaning “running upward” - include salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, lamprey in the Pacific Northwest; and shad, sturgeon, alewives and herring along the US East…