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  • Wednesday, May 04, 2016

    MURDER

    R.I.P.  SCARFACE
    Old Man Murdered
    yellowstone icon: gone

    Washington Post Video
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    .. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has confirmed that the male grizzly bear shot in late November 2015 was the bear known to researchers as No. 211. No. 211 was killed in the Little Trail Creek drainage north of Gardiner, Montana on the Gallatin National Forest, an event under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    Courtesy Billings Gazette
    .. No. 211 was recognizable because of distinctive scars on the right side of his face likely the result of typical fights with other male grizzlies for females during mating season or to claim deer and elk carcasses.
    .. No. 211 was known to many photographers and wildlife watchers. For this reason, his life was often documented in the media.
    .. He was captured, collared and released by biologists 17 times, making him “one of the most studied bears,” in the region.
    .. By last fall, those scientists were warning that Scarface might not make it through the winter: He’d dropped from a peak of 600 pounds to 338 pounds. At 25 years old, he was elderly.
    .. Scarface was first captured in 1993, when he was a “sub-adult” bear weighing 150 pounds.
    .. At his peak, Scarface tipped the scales at about 600 pounds, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. But he’d grown emaciated in recent years. Less than 5 percent of male grizzlies live to the age of 25.
    .. Scarface owed much of his fame to the scuffles with other bears — over females, carcasses and dominance — that had made his face so recognizable, and that had so destroyed his right ear that it flopped over. Photographers, in particular, have sung his praises — and, in recent days, angrily mourned his loss.
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    FROM JOHN  --  LINK TO PHOTO STORY

    New Tech

    SOON FOR TROUT ?
    Are You Available ?
    need a two handed rod

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    Friday, April 29, 2016

    While Rome Burns

    NERO GOT BAD RAP
    We Certainly Will Not
    got a decade or two ?
    Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. (Image courtesy Matthew Long, NCAR)

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    .. The oceans are in deep doo doo. And it's our fault.
    .. Lacustrine and fluvial measures to save such species as Steelhead and Salmon, may be all for naught as the oceans warm.
    .. And, warm they are becoming. An AGU publication details research findings that show a critical threshold for oxygen absorption in the oceans is approaching in the near term.
    .. This is not hundreds of years in the future but is with us now and may be critical within 10 to 15 years.
    .. Some vast areas of our oceans may soon become uninhabitable for the marine species that depend on them.
    .. Areas along the west coast of North America and some areas surrounding Hawaii will probably be significantly affected by 2030 or 2040. Some of us will live to see those days.
    .. The study is based on landmark simulations run on supercomputers that have for the first time factored in the natural variability in the cycles of oxygen absorption and deoxygenation.
    .. Just thought you'd like to know.
    Resources
    >> AtmosNews 
    >> Heraldnet 
    >> US News  
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    WALLPAPER: FISH OF THE FUTURE                                             FARM FRESH TILAPIA - MOJARRA FRITA

    Congress Votes

    BISON ON AGENDA
    Ignore Split Supreme Court
    our tax dollars at rest
    "Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite"
    . . . . . de Maistre's Lettres et Opuscules Inédits


    WALLPAPER:    THE NATIONAL MAMMAL ??
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    .. The United States House Of Representatives has passed the NATIONAL BISON LEGACY ACT.
    .. The United States Senate passed a similar bill in December but it was a bit different. Now our elected representatives will spend some time and money and photo opportunities in the reconciliation of the two bills before they become law.
    .. We enjoy the bison in the neighborhood. Visiting fisher folk love to tell stories about dodging the hefty critters as they sneak from their car to the water.
    .. The bison is deserving of special mention in our cultural and historical heritage. Bravo for the bison.
    .. We, (yes every voter among us,) elected the members of congress. We, collectively and individually, are getting what we deserve in the infantile and ignorant behavior of our representatives. They are us.
    .. At this moment in time they, (we,) feel that the bison is far more important than a United States Supreme Court Nomination - to a divided court. Bless their, (our,) sweet bippies.
    .. We, (not they.) find it quite amusing that a small coalition of bisocentric groups can prod congress to act at this moment (LINK Z.)
    .. "NOW" is an interesting moment in the fractious sociopolitical landscape where the American populous is so concerned with our national hubris that they have lost sight of national and world happenings. Bless our sweet bippies.
    .. We salute the bison. We live with them daily. They are cherished neighbors and should be recognized for their place in our heritage. People across our country should learn their story and their history, (much longer than ours on this continent - including latifrons and priscus  antiquus.)
    .. We also salute our esteemed members of congress for their diligence in putting important national matters of state in their place.
    .. We've got our priorities in order. It's time to take a nap and ignore politics and bison. We're as fat, dumb, and happy as the rest of the electorate. After the nap we're going fishing.
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    SALUTE TO BISON
    WALLPAPERS

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    WALLPAPER:  BISON BURGER



    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    The Arrival

    A VISITATION
    Very Dark Room
    slide shows for all
    EAGER ATTENDEES ENTHRALLED IN ANTICIPATION
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    .. National Park Service speakers regaled and lectured a not quite standing room only crowd in West Yellowstone.
    .. Exposition of the Native Fish Conservation Program was the topic for a series of slide presentations featuring efforts on Yellowstone Lake, The Northeast Fishery, and the West Side Fishery.
    AVAILABLE FROM NPS
    .. The presentations were replete with optimism about the progress of the program and the success of the efforts currently underway. Anticipated and planned programs for the future were briefly detailed.
    .. The commercial fishing contracts to curtail the population explosion of Lake Trout in Yellowstone Lake are anticipated to continue to the tune of $1,000,000.00/yr. Funding support is anticipated to continue with the newly amalgamated Yellowstone Park Foundation-Yellowstone Association (LINK A).
    .. Increases in catch and kill numbers through the years have shown success that is correlated with length of nets employed.
    .. More nets=more dead Lake Trout. Exploration of chemical killing of eggs and fry continue to be a research focus for the known spawning areas.
    .. Large numbers of Lake Trout hiding from the gill nets have been found in the South Arm of Yellowstone Lake. Previously found concentrations have continued to be the cynosure of netting including those populations in West Thumb.
    REGULATIONS: ABOUT THE SAME
    .. There have been no appreciable changes in the fishing regulations this  year and the lake will open for catching early again.
    .. Rearrangement of fish populations, poison, barrier construction, regulation modifications, and scientific review continue too be the focus of the program.
    SODA BUTTE CREEK
    .. Anticipated fishing and catching success for managed areas such as Soda Butte Creek and Specimen Creek and Grayling Creek should reach peak productivity by 2019 - 2020.
    .. New concerns about climate change have been introduced to the program and the thrust is relocation of, (or establishment of,) populations of fish in areas most likely to provide survival of cold water species in periods of climatic warming.
    BROOKIE PARADISE
    .. Focus on the upper GIBBON RIVER will include the poisoning of GREBE LAKE to remove all fish. The current non native population of Grayling will be salvaged, relocated, and then reintroduced to GREBE LAKE after it has been cleansed of the Rainbow Trout**.
    .. Information about recovery of invertebrates after poisoning shows that without fish to eat them they show a population explosion.
    .. The subterranean stretches of Cougar Creek are being investigated as barriers to fish migration which places this little stream on the potential hit list for future management.
    MUSHROOM AND SWISS
    .. It's way past lunch time and we are having breakfast for lunch.
    .. The pubs enjoyed some fish talk last night. Better than the coffee provided at the informative gathering.
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    BROOKIE HANGOUT
    A GRAYLING TANGLE

    **In 1921, U.S. Fish Commission  personnel stocked the fishless  Grebe Lake with the Montana strain of Thymallus arcticus montanus, a lacustrine form of Arctic Grayling.
    .. The initial introduction came from Georgetown Lake near Anaconda, Montana.
    .. It is believed that the fluvial form of Arctic Grayling was native to the MADISON RIVER and the GIBBON RIVER below Gibbon Falls.
    .. In an effort to re-establish Grayling in western states, over 72 million Grayling eggs were harvested from GREBE LAKE between 1931 and 1956 and distributed to hatcheries.
    .. Many lake dwelling Grayling populations in the west can be genetically traced to these stocks.
    .. GREBE LAKE was closed to fishing until 1944 because of the fish culture operations at the lake.
    .. Nearby WOLF LAKE and CASCADE LAKE  also contain some Grayling as well.
    .. This is an interesting exercise in the preservation of an introduced species, (the Lacustrine GRAYLING,) even as the indigenous species,  (the Fluvial GRAYLING,) is being reintroduced and established elsewhere, (in GRAYLING CREEK.)
    .. Native Fish Preservation?
    THEY SEEM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
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    WALLPAPER:  NATIONAL PARK MOUNTAIN
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