Author Archives: Hallie Ladd

Do You Want Ice With That?

Icy blasts of arctic air brought bitterly cold temperatures to the Missouri River Basin late in December 2013 and early January 2014.  The frigid temperatures created significant ice flows in portions of the Lower Missouri River, hampering pallid sturgeon tracking … Continue reading

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Are You Ready For Spring?

It may seem a bit early to ask this question, but the spring spawning season is never far from CSRP biologist’s minds (see previous post Thinking Ahead).  Preparations for the 2014 spring season started early in the fall when crews … Continue reading

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Long Distance Runner

The phone rang late on a Saturday morning near the end of the 2013 CSRP sampling season.  Crews that were out hoping to catch another female pallid sturgeon to implant and track were calling in with news.  The weekend crew … Continue reading

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Where The Boys Are

For the past several seasons CSRP biologists have intensively and meticulously tracked female pallid sturgeon to their spawning locations.  All this attention on females is because biologists can easily tell when a female spawns by the presence or absence of … Continue reading

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Rising To The Challenge

CSRP biologists working on the Missouri River have no shortage of challenges; each year brings a fresh crop.  In 2011, biologists were dealt record high flows that persisted through summer making work on the river trying.  Field crews found it … Continue reading

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Sometimes The Missouri River Is A Lonely Place

In late February and March the Missouri River is a lonely place.  Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project boats from the USGS and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission search the cold, still waters for the telltale chirp of a telemetry transmitter … Continue reading

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Ice Ice Baby

Freezing temperatures and low water levels have created significant ice flows in portions of the Lower Missouri River during winter months.  These conditions have made boat ramps unusable for our partners with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (see photo … Continue reading

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How Low Can It Go?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States.  The year began with above-average temperatures and limited snowfall followed by an unusually warm spring.  In turn, the warm … Continue reading

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Local Biology Club Visits The Columbia Environmental Research Center

Last month, the Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC) hosted a tour for Hickman High School’s biology club.  Fifteen students from the high school located in Columbia, MO gathered at the CERC to learn about various research projects at the center … Continue reading

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Where The Girls Are

October proved to be a busy and successful month for USGS Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project biologists as four reproductive female pallid sturgeon were targeted and recaptured between river miles 359 and 599.  Using a portable ultrasound device, scientists were able … Continue reading

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