Category Archives: Upper Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers

The Sounds of Sturgeon Research

By Aaron DeLonay, Kimberly Chojnacki, and Casey Hickcox Recently, Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project scientists documented a spawning event in the Yellowstone River when researchers followed a reproductive female sturgeon to a location where an aggregation of male sturgeon had been identified (See … Continue reading

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A Spawning Recorded in the Yellowstone River

By Patrick Braaten She was initially captured in September 1993, but at the time, the sex and reproductive status of the 1325 mm, 15.9 kg pallid sturgeon were not determined. She was implanted with a passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag … 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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Pallid Sturgeon Spawning in the Yellowstone River

Pallid sturgeon in the upper Missouri and Yellowstone rivers can live a long time.  Many are older than most of the biologists who study them.  Over the years, scientists have become very familiar with the few remaining wild sturgeon. One … 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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Island living

Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC) crews assisted USGS biologist Pat Braaten and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Jason Rhoten in examining pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River from June 29 through July 8.  Various pallid sturgeon were located and … Continue reading

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Path of least resistance?

  USGS hydrologists and biologists joined with biologists from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to radio track pallid sturgeon as they navigated the Yellowstone River during late May and Early June.  Following one fish over the course of a day … Continue reading

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