My highlight was doing the fall Chinook salmon redd surveys in the White Salmon River this year with everyone. We observed redds and salmon upstream of the former Condit Dam location (the dam was breached last year and removed this year). I expected salmon and spawning in the upper White Salmon River but seeing it with my own eyes made it a highlight for me this year. (Rod Engle)
|Marci releasing a bull trout into the Clackamas River|
- Learning how to surgically implant radio telemetry tags in juvenile spring Chinook salmon.
- Kayaking the lower Warm Springs River to mobile track radio-tagged juvenile Chinook salmon.
- Conducting spawning ground surveys on the White Salmon River and being one of the first groups of people to raft through the former site of Condit Dam - an experience I will never forget! (Jen Poirier)
|Jen surgically implanting a radio tag into a Chinook salmon.|
2012 was a fun year, I think one of my favorite things was seeing projects that were years in the making happen on the ground with so much great collaboration from so many partners. In particular, providing fish passage at the South Fork Necanicum dam was really exciting. (Amy Horstman)
My highlight during my time here so far would have to be a tie between going out to help with PIT tagging, and watching the office run around to "Gangnam Style" during the CFC Cake Walk fundraiser. I never thought I'd hear that ridiculous song here. (Christina Uh)
Highlight for 2012: Being a part of the Service's Region 1 Surrogate Species "Training Team". Working with colleagues in other Service programs to put together workshops and a webinar to explain and solicit feedback on the Service's use of surrogate species as a biological planning tool for Strategic Habitat Conservation. Manning Region 1's Surrogate Species Hotline, ready to jump into action at the ring of a phone! (David Hand)
|Dave manning the hot line.|
The highlights of 2012 for me were on-site project visits both for the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, and with Amy Horstman on projects funded by the National Fish Passage Program. (Ron Rhew)
For me, the highlights of 2012 were working with a great group of folks on the NW Fish Culture Conference; starting conversations to develop an ECOS-FIS-CRiS database evolution; and the honor of supervising a stellar hatchery assessment team. (Doug Olson)
The highlight of my year was getting certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician through a three day training course in the White Salmon River, WA. (Maureen Kavanagh)
|Maureen with her certificate of completion.|
The highlight for me was hiring Christina Uh last summer and making her part of the new Pathways program. (Larry Fishler)
|Signatories of the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Agreement|
The highlight of my year has been to watch a number of our biologists and professional staffs grow.
Many folks at CRFPO have stretched their scientific capability by voluntarily advancing their education through working on completing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Many others have advanced themselves and teams by coming up with creative and new approaches to field techniques and population assessment approaches. A number of our folks have published manuscripts to share this information with our partners and colleagues.
The area where I have observed tremendous professional growth is in our staff taking leadership roles in advancing the operation of our office to building conservation plans across multiple regions with multiple partners. Our administrative folks have kept our operation smooth, despite the challenges of a new financial system. Many of our folks have volunteered to participate and lead on regional and national initiatives related to landscape conservation and climate change issues. The general feedback I have received from numerous internal and external partners is that – ‘our folks are advancing fish conservation in a big way’.
Lastly, we have a number of dedicated folks constantly improving the delivery of the quantity and quality of our enormous fish marking program. The individual leadership these folks take day in and day out for delivering this program is amazing.
Watching these future leaders of the Fish and Wildlife Service grow and step-up to this huge conservation challenge is the highlight of my year. (Howard Schaller, Project Leader)
Happy Holidays Everyone!