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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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A Rocky Start

If asked to describe the first few weeks of a baby pallid sturgeon’s life in the Missouri River, most biologists will tell you the embryos attach to a hard surface, develop, hatch, and enter the fast-flowing water to drift downstream.  … Continue reading

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The Other Sturgeon Species

Pallid sturgeon and their close relatives, the shovelnose sturgeon, are not the only sturgeon in the Missouri River. USGS and state research biologists sampling for pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River occasionally collect specimens of the “other” sturgeon species, the … 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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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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Catch My Drift?

The Missouri River is large, muddy, and turbulent. The complexity of the river can make it nearly impossible for scientists to observe the complete pallid sturgeon life cycle in the wild. Therefore, several studies concerning the early developmental stages of … Continue reading

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How to Drink From a Fire Hose

Since 2009, larval sampling efforts have focused on capturing newly hatched and drifting larvae immediately downstream of a suspected pallid sturgeon spawning site (see previous posts “Searching for a needle in a haystack” and “Panning for biological gold”).  In 2012 … Continue reading

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Old Faithful???

Perhaps one of the most interesting fish in the CRSP’s portfolio is male pallid sturgeon PLS08-006.  This individual was originally implanted with a telemetry device in the spring of 2008 and has since been located on 93 occasions between river … Continue reading

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River Sweep May 21 – 29, 2012

With spawning season coming to an end, Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project (CSRP) researchers are beginning to focus more on extensive tracking efforts and less on tracking individuals to their spawning sites.  We have defined a “river sweep” as an attempt … Continue reading

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Panning for biological gold

  Telemetry crews tracked female pallid sturgeon PLS11-007 to her spawning location (see previous post An Early Spawning Recorded) on March 30 and 31.  Additional crews were deployed April 3 in an effort to confirm a successful spawning at this … Continue reading

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