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We are in a never ending game of chess with otters who just love to feast on our fish. We had an electric wire to keep them from climbing over. It seems to work so they found another way in. We keep patching hole after hole and they keep finding/making new ones. Hopefully this curb will keep them from digging under the fence.

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Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery

Here is the 2018 spring Chinook run forecast provided by WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (Dec. 14th, 2017).

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Carson National Fish Hatchery had a successful first day of spawning spring Chinook salmon yesterday. We will be spawning again next Wednesday. #funwithfish #salmonspawning
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This winter has been night and day compared to last year. What a difference! These are some photos from January and February last year and this year.

Happy Groundhog Day. We don't have a ground hog so we're using our fry as surrogates. Good news! No shadows were seen so we are predicting an early spring for 2018 in the PNW.

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A very beautiful winter bird indeed. Listen for their high pitched calls.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Be on the lookout for flocks of cedar waxwings as they forage for berries. It's one of the few birds in North America that specializes in eating fruit!

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This is what it is doing now. Forecasts are mixed with some saying mostly rain and others saying mostly snow. I think the mostly snow ones are winning.

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The last three weeks have been spent ponding our fry. These fry hatched in October from our August spawn. We stocked out 1.6 million fry over that time. They are already on feed and growing! Next April (2019) they will be released as six inch smolts.

During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media.

These are upriver bright fall Chinook salmon eggs from the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery as part of the Salmon in the Classroom project in partnership with the Oregon Zoo. This program allows students in local schools to take care of live salmon eggs and watch them develop as they hatch into fry.

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Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office

Today was egg-drop day at our Portland Salmon in the Classroom schools. These upper river bright Chinook salmon will play a big roll in educating hundreds of students about salmon life cycle, the importance of conservation and also help connect urban students to natural areas.

We spent the last two weeks preparing the middle bank raceways for stocking the young fry next month. We power washed, disinfected the raceways and replaced the headbox boards. Next month we'll move 1.6 million fish into them.

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How a bear catches fish 🐠🐻

No fishing rod, no problem for this critter.

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Bobcats usually hunt at night, but this cat made an exception to take advantage of salmon spawning season.

Almost done! Next week we'll be moving 526,000 spring Chinook fry to the lower concrete pond. Before they go in though we have to repair the bird net that was torn up by last year's fun winter.

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Happy Halloween Everyone!

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

We wish you a wonderful and safe Halloween!

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USFWS Pacific Region

Its almost Halloween and there is no better time to learn about creepy critters. Join us for a free event for kids (and kids at heart) to learn about nocturnal... critters and about wildlife while on a spooky hike. Wear your costume and earn candy, make crafts, and howl for coyotes. We'll be hosting the hike on the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge rain or shine! The event runs from 3-6 PM on Saturday, October 28th. For more information (or to find out about volunteering for the event), contact deerflat@fws.gov or 208-467-9278. Join us for some creepy fun!

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