March 10, 2021

Salmon Anatomy Through the Art of Gyotaku: How to Make Your Own Fish Print

Want to make your own fish prints? Here’s how! Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese art form that began over 100 years ago as a way for fishermen to keep track of the trophy fish that were caught on voyages. “Gyo” means “fish” and “Taku” means “impression.” This traditional method required fishermen to apply non-toxic sumi ink to one side of the fish, cover the fish with rice paper, and rub the paper until the image of the fish was on the paper.
May 28, 2021
Trout group posing for a photo. Photo by Kristina Peterson.

Hooked on Family Fishing: Breaking Through Environmental Barriers

It is lightly drizzling and I pull into the parking lot at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale, Oregon on Saturday, April 24th, 2021. The inaugural Hooked on Family Fishing Day hosted by the Association of Northwest Steelheaders (ANWS) has finally arrived, something that I had been planning for over 4 months. Banners are hung, 50 rainbow trout are happily swimming in their portable pond, and our 12 volunteers are anxiously waiting at their activity stations.
November 29, 2021

Delivering Schools of Salmon: A lifelong investment in wildlife conservation

Fish Eggs to Fry is an educational program of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) that provides salmon and trout eggs to schools for fostering in classroom aquariums. Students get to watch up close as salmon eggs hatch and grow to fry right before their eyes before being released into local waterways.
June 2, 2022

When it Rains it Pours: Families Hooked on Fishing

The weather on the morning of April 30th, 2022 was indecisive. Patches of blue sky and sun dared everyone to hope that the torrential rain forecasted for the day might just decide to pass on by. At the entrance to Camp Angelos, 15 cars were parked in a line waiting for the clock to strike eight and the gate to open. Students get to watch up close as salmon eggs hatch and grow to fry right before their eyes before being released into local waterways.
July 27, 2022

Climate and Drought Resilience: The Future of Our Waters

When Oregon’s next governor takes office, they are set to inherit a myriad of ecoregions ranging from the temperate rainforests of the Coast and West Cascade mountain ranges to the sagebrush country of the Northern Basin. Almost every ecosystem within these regions is currently experiencing their driest period in 1,200 years.