A STRONG PUSH… In Paris this month 195 countries tackled climate change together, due to increased public awareness. TO KEEP MOVING… Climate change is still in question, NOT out of the question! AND PAYING ATTENTION. Climate change is invisible, but its causes and effects are visible.
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Maasai women walking on plains
Canada: Alberta, Athabasca Glacier
USA: New Jersey, Raritan River Basin spring floods
Photography has been a critical tool in communicating the dire need for the cooperation and progress that began at Paris COP21.
Let’s all continue this conversation and purposefully work to create a world that sustains itself with recycling and renewable energy sources.
“This problem isn’t for another generation. It has serious implications for how we live right now.” -Anonymous
One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than on what they have to gain. -Anonymous
Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.
-Alice Walker, American author
US: Washington, Columbia River Basin, fish ladder at Rocky Reach Dam on the Columbia River, wild salmon(note adipose fin has not been clipped)
US: Oregon, Columbia River Basin, Columbia Gorge, Bonneville Dam, Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata) stuck to the viewing window for the fish ladder
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 Coast.
Anadromous fish swim from the sea inland via open rivers to spawn in small headwater tributaries. In so doing, they bring with them marine nutrients that enrich riverine flora, fauna and forests. After their long journeys back to where they were born, the adult fish release their eggs in cool, forested waters and then die. Thus, some hail anadromous fish as the greatest parents of all, because the nutrients of their remains nourish the flies and insects that are eaten by newly-hatched smolt.
This month, our NWNL Snake River Expedition is documenting the dynamics of anadromous fish in the Pacific Northwest and the studies of local fish biologists, fishermen, watershed managers and the Nez Perce tribal nation. Today, NWNL joins them and the world in honoring the ecosystem services and sustenance values provided by anadromous fish.