2016 Pacific Lamprey
Stewart Reid with Trinity similis - do not try this at home. Just kidding!
Instructor: Stewart Reid, Ph.D
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Location: SFI, Selma, OR
Get to know the oldest and most misunderstood fishes in North America: lampreys. We値l explore the biology, diversity, and conservation of these fascinating ancient fishes. We値l learn how lampreys start out as an eyelash-sized larva (ammocoete) and grow to the size of a pencil hidden in the stream bottom. How they filter the river痴 water and mix the sediment like an earthworm. Then we値l follow their journey on floods downriver and out to sea where they ride fishes and whales along the coast. How they sniff out a good river and work their way upstream, climbing waterfalls along the way, to build a nest, spawn and die. We will also examine the conservation status of different lampreys. How are they doing, what are their challenges, and what can we do to ensure their long-term survival? Then, we値l head out to the creek, where all naturalists belong, and explore lampreys in their natural habitat along the stream. We値l watch the burrowing of ammocoetes and chat about the ways that lampreys interact with stream channels and communities. Come prepared to get wet and ask lots of questions.
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