The public is invited to the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about research into why so many baby salmon never make it to the sea. Birds eat them.
Guest lecturer Brooke Penaluna is a Research Fish Biologist with PNW Research Station, US Forest Service in Corvallis. Her work is focused on understanding the effects of forest harvest, climate change, and natural disturbances on fish. She received her PhD from Oregon State University and she has worked in streams in Washington, Oregon, and Chile.
In a recent research project, Brooke found that birds eating young fish can be very damaging for future fish runs, especially in small streams and during late summer when water levels drop. Research shows that in-stream cover, like fallen trees, streamside vegetation and trees overhead increases trout survival. Conservation strategies for baby salmon should consider management practices that maintain or improve stream habitat using both in-stream cover and streamside shade, especially as clear cut logging occurs right up against a stream corridor.
The meeting is held in the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln PUD building located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex. Refreshments will be served.
Please join us Thursday August 6th, at 6:30 pm to learn more about the management implications of these findings.