Monthly Archives: July 2014

It’s more than just gravel and sand!

By Aaron Delonay, Robert Jacobson, and Casey Hickcox Scientists hypothesize that pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), like other sturgeon species, spawn over hard or coarse substrate such as bedrock, cobble or gravel. The type, size, or composition of coarse substrate that … Continue reading

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Unpredictable Water in the Missouri River

By Aaron Delonay, Robert Jacobson, and Casey Hickcox As the temperatures in the Missouri River Basin begin to rise each spring, snowmelt and spring storms typically introduce large quantities of water into the system. This water becomes runoff that enters … Continue reading

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Yellowstone River Habitat Update

By Carrie Elliott In the Northern Great Plains mid-late June is marked by spectacular thunderstorms, an occasional mosquito swarm, and pallid sturgeon spawning season on the Yellowstone River.  The week of June 16 the U.S. Geological Survey CSRP habitat crew … Continue reading

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Northbound

By Kimberly Chojnacki and Aaron DeLonay In mid-June, 4 USGS research crews from the Lower Missouri River packed up their equipment and headed north to the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers in Montana (figure 1).  Two boats and crews were … Continue reading

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A Change Will Do You Good

By Aaron DeLonay, Amy George, and Kimberly Chojnacki Rows of hatching jars lined the shelves in the laboratory at USGS this spring and summer.  In each jar, pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon gently tumbled in the 18 °C water as … Continue reading

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