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Oregon Minnow Is The First Fish Recovered From Endangered Species List
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday its petition to remove Oregon chub from the Endangered Species List and touting the success story of a minnow that’s no more than three inches long.
Other fish have made it off the endangered species list -– but not because their numbers rebounded. In many cases, it was because they went extinct.
Oregon chub are a different story. Their numbers have grown from less than a thousand when they were listed as endangered in 1993 to 160,000 today. In the last 20 years, the known chub populations dotting the Willamette Valley has grown from eight to 80.
And guess where they found this endangered fish? Hmmm… Go ahead, I’ll wait.
But Auer says the idea was improve habitat for salmon, steelhead and waterfowl. He didn’t even know Oregon chub existed until Bangs found the fish in a pool above a beaver dam on his land.
The chub is dependent on natural disturbances in the Willamette Valley,” he says. “That means flooding, and things that occur when you have beaver activity and wetland formation. A lot of these processes have been disrupted through human activities – agriculture, damming rivers, flood prevention. We had to figure out a way to mimic those processes and create habitats that provided those kinds of conditions for the chub.”
So every farmer and rancher who has a beaver dam on their property is helping this chub, and every farmer who doesn’t is hurting them. That seems pretty straight forward to me. How about a tax credit or a reduction in the fishing license fees for everyone who allows beavers on their land? Seems only right…
Today’s donation comes from Jess at AnimalOutlines. Beaver with a purple toothbrush on a mint green background. Hand painted with acrylic paint on a 6″x6″ by 1.5″ deep canvas. These small works of art are signed and ready to hang. Hand made with humor and love. Thanks Jess! I know several dentists in Martinez that should snap these up!
Oh and last night I got a call for a phone interview on KGO about beavers and drought. One day outta the hospital I tried to remember as much as I could about beavers and water and salmonids and why we should care. If you hear something today let me know.
The beaver lady has returned and kindly recommends that no other reader ever, ever goes to the hospital. It is a steep climb getting out. The highlight came this morning when my night nurse was cleaning indescribable fluids and said, “Hey, didn’t I see you on the news tonight?” Which is apparently the closest you can come to feeling like an actual human being in such a facility. I wanted to share this cute card my sister made, because like you, I know the beavers must have wondered. (I’m sure you can spot the woodchuck…)
What the heck? Why has their been no posting by that beaver lady?
She got sick thursday night with something very powerful that RHYMES with beaver but isn’t nearly as nice. By saturday she was in the hospital where she remains, inching towards discharge. Regular programming will resume eventually and you can believe i’m counting the days.
In the meantime my most heartfelt thanks to Lory’s wonderful efforts, I really appreciate your help. Be back soon!
Just wanted to give you an update on the condition of the dams after the rains. I checked the dam sites yesterday to see what repairs the beavers face in the coming days.
The primary dam looks pretty good and looks like most of the materials didn’t get washed away.
The secondary dam received the most damage and hopefully the beavers will start working on the repairs here first. When the tide is low, the beavers right now will be dealing with an area, with little water running through, as they go between the primary dam and the secondary dam. This is what it looks like now from the Marina Vista bridge.
Whenever the rains come, we know the dams will just wash out and we wonder why the city was so up tight in regards to flooding.
The beavers will be busy as beavers and probably will get everything back right before the rains come again. Then they will start all over again.