Category Archives: Tracking

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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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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Pallid Sturgeon MIA

 When reproductive pallid sturgeon go missing during spring spawning season CSRP biologists become quickly concerned as every day at large means a decrease in the probability of relocation prior to spawning.  Because reproductive pallid sturgeon have been observed to move … 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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Thinking Ahead

With the fall season upon us, Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project (CSRP) biologists are already beginning to think of next spring’s field season.  During these cooler months, field crews are busy tracking and recapturing pallid sturgeon that they believe will become … Continue reading

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Just One of the Guys

For more than a week in early June, USGS telemetry tracking boats from Missouri joined the Montana Wildlife Fish and Parks and the USGS Fort Peck Field Office as they raced up and down the Yellowstone River trying to keep … Continue reading

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On the Right Path

“We have a boy, code 52, on his way to Intake Dam.  We’ve tracked him all day through bends and side channels.  He is a couple of miles away from the Dam.  Can you spare a crew to track him … Continue reading

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Headed North

With telemetered female pallid sturgeon done spawning in the Lower Missouri River, the USGS tracking crews from Missouri packed up their equipment at the beginning of June and headed north to Montana and the Yellowstone River.  It was a two … Continue reading

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Down the Wide Missouri

With the spawning season behind us and the intensive Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project (CSRP) telemetry tracking effort completed, the tracking crews change their focus from following reproductive adults and locating spawning sites to characterizing post-spawn and non-reproductive habitat of pallid … Continue reading

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