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Rain, not temperatures, may be key to bird adaptation to climate change in Northweast

A new model analyzing how birds in western North America will respond to climate change suggests that for most species, regional warming is not as likely to influence population trends as will precipitation changes.

Study examines how nearby roads reduce habitat, rearing quality for salmonids

Streams less than 30 meters from roads in the interior Columbia River basin have significantly less wood debris in the stream than those waterways greater than 60 meters from roads, reducing habitat and rearing quality for salmonids in those streams.

Plenty of sockeye for spawning grounds, bag limits go way up above Priest Rapids

With continuing strong counts at lower Columbia River hydro projects, Oregon and Washington officials decided this week to expand fishing opportunities for anglers and for both tribal and non-Indian commercial fishers on the mainstem Columbia River.

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Battle lines form over bladderpod

A group of farmers in Franklin County, Wash., are challenging U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s listing of the White Bluffs bladderpod as a threatened species – and asking for help from local citizens.

Tour the Middle Fork Irrigation District

Ever wonder where the water comes from to feed Hood River’s local orchards? The Hood River Watershed Group in joining with Middle Fork Irrigation District (MFID) and Farmers Conservation Alliance on a tour through one of the main irrigation districts in the Hood River Valley.

Cow recovers from wolf attack in Umatilla

Sherman County committee will decide if compensation is owed

The Wolf Effect: Will recolonization of wolves suppress coyote populations, boost red foxes?

Scientists have used coyote and red fox fur trapping records across North America to document how the presence of wolves influences the balance of smaller predators further down the food chain. From Alaska and Yukon to Nova Scotia and Maine, the researchers have demonstrated that a “wolf effect” exists, favoring red foxes where wolves are present and coyotes where wolves are absent.

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Logging threatens wandering wolf’s den

Conservation group challenges national forest sale

Feds to spend $31M on Sage Grouse home

Officials say habitat improvements can keep species off threatened list

Creek E. coli subsides

Outflow level no longer acute

Sherman County cow suffers wolf attack

Animal may have to be put to death, Wasco officials work with investigation WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTENT

Study looks at 0ff-channel habitat contribution to Columbia River basin salmon production

Off-channel habitat created in a river’s flood plain – sloughs, beaver ponds, wetlands and side channels – can play an important role in salmonid production.

$1.8 million grant to study climate change impacts, upper Deschutes

The Department of the Interior announced Monday that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $1.8 million available for comprehensive water studies addressing climate change options to three western river basins, with the largest grant going to the upper Deschutes River basin in central Oregon.

Summer salmon fisheries scheduled; large sockeye return anticipated

Oregon and Washington fishery managers of Columbia River on Wednesday approved both tribal and non-Indian commercial fisheries for the early summer period, and laid out the ground rules for sport fisheries that are expected to target Chinook salmon and what is expected to be a bumper crops of sockeye salmon returning, for the most part, to the Okanogan River basin.

BPA's Columbia basin mitigation costs pegged at $682 million for 2013

The Bonneville Power Administration said it incurred $682.4 million in total fish and wildlife costs during fiscal year 2013, a total derived in great part by the need to buy and sell power and operate dams with the goal of improving salmon and steelhead passage up and down the federal Columbia/Snake River hydro system.

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