This year for Wild Ideas, we are exploring the hidden aspects of our local ecosystems through short Zoom talks with experts on three Thursdays in March.
Everything you wanted to know about Pacific Salmon but never thought to ask.
Why do salmon travel hundreds of miles from freshwater to the ocean and back to complete their life cycle? Why are there seven species of Pacific salmon but only one Atlantic salmon species? How do salmon find their way home? Is there really such a thing as a saber-toothed salmon? Join fish ecologist and conservation biologist Tracy Bowerman for the answers to these questions and more.
Tracy has a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology and has studied salmon and charr throughout the Pacific Northwest for the past 14 years. Her research includes topics ranging from cutting open dead fish to count how many eggs they have left, to modeling how much energy it takes for an adult salmon to travel 600 miles upstream over 8 dams and 8,000 feet of elevation. Tracy loves learning about salmon, as well as fishing for and eating them. When not researching salmon, Tracy can be found exploring North Central Washington's mountains and rivers.
We'll have a quick introduction, then a 15-20 minute talk (pre-recorded to reduce technical difficulties), followed by a Q&A with the speaker. So feel free to get comfy, grab a tasty beverage, and join us!