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Every month, ODFW staff from all over the state share with Commission some of the unique and interesting stories related to their work in the field. These Field Reports offer a snapshot of ODFW’s work with fish, wildlife, habitat and the public.

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2020 Field Reports
       
January   EAST REGION
  • Monitoring Avian Productivity Program
  • Opel Springs Fishway Completion
  • Warner Basin Aquatic Health Partnership
  • Cold Springs Elk Damage

WEST REGION

  • Chinook Salmon Angling Closure, North Coast
  • Trask River Hatchery New Hatch House Replacement
  • Proactive Rogue Canyon Black Bear Plan
  • Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Winter Elk Feeding Tours
  • Necanicum Basin Winter Steelhead Surveys
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • 25 Days of FishMas Returns

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Feral Swine Discovered in Jackson County
  • Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Acquisitions
  • Western Pond Turtle MOU
  • Wallowa/Minam Core Area Bull Trout Hybridization Assessment

February
  EAST REGION
  • Mule Deer Research in South-Central Oregon
  • Glass Hill Youth Controlled Elk Hunt
  • California Bighorn Sheep Capture
  • Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo

WEST REGION

  • Roaring Rivers brood trout release
  • Dunes City deer feeding issue
  • Double-crested cormorant breeding
    abundance
  • Willamette Falls sea lions
  • Fish sampling at Gail Achterman Wildlife Area
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • College Duck Hunting Workshop, Shotgun
    Skills Course at EE Wilson
  • ODFW, Oregon State Police, and Department
    of Justice - Moving Forward on Anti-Poaching
    Effort
  • Angler Education Pilots New Versions of
    Clamming and Crabbing Workshops

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Top conservation stories of the past decade
  • Oregon Connectivity Assessment and
    Mapping Project (OCAMP)
  • OCRF fundraising kickoff
  • Muddy Valley Habitat Reserve

March   EAST REGION
  • February Flooding
  • Blue Mountain Elk Collaring
  • Imnaha Bull Trout
  • John Day River Steelhead and Transported Strays from the Snake River

WEST REGION

  • Cougar-Bear Hunting Workshop
  • Coast Range cougar study
  • Coho salmon now spawning after culvert removal
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • State’s Hunter Ed coordinators meet
  • Sportsmen’s shows connect agency with customers
  • Agency launches new podcast

OREGON STATE POLICE

  • Bighorn Sheep Capture

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Documenting Northern red-legged frog movements across Highway 30
  • Rocky Mountain red fox discovered in Central Oregon
  • Conservation & Recreation Advisory Committee

MARINE RESOURCES PROGRAM

  • Oregon Marine Reserves – 2019 Highlights
  • Oregon pink shrimp fishery bycatch reduction

April   EAST REGION
  • Mt. Hood Community College Fisheries Technology Program
  • Zumwalt Prairie Elk
  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited Conservation Achievement Award Recipient

WEST REGION

  • Elk Hoof Disease in Southern Oregon
  • Twice returning steelhead female illustrates power of integrating brood stock
  • Marine mammal team adjusts work to comply with COVID-19 protocols
  • Cormorants on the Astoria-Megler Bridge
  • West Region wolf work
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • COVID-19 Response
  • ODFW hosted a successful NASP tournament in Albany on March 7
  • Podcast explores wildlife and disease

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Denman Herptile Coverboard Project & Walk
  • Polk County site visits
  • Coastal Marten Surveys
  • The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF) Advisory Committee

OCEAN SALMON AND COLUMBIA RIVER PROGRAM

  • OSCRP’s “Zone 6” Recreational Creel Survey captures warmwater fishery, too!

June   EAST REGION
  • Irrigon Hatchery Heat Exchanger
  • Narrows Weir Fishway
  • Wallowa Wolverines
  • The “Other Department of Fish and Wildlife”

WEST REGION

  • ODFW donates PPE for COVID-19
  • Avian Predation Update
  • Mosquito Monitoring, Coquille Valley Wildlife Area
  • Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Project Solicitations
  • Fill Season Reservoir Coordination on the Rogue
  • New Gravity Intake Improves Clackamas Hatchery Water Supply
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • Agency Launches Beaver State Podcast
  • Anti-Poaching Campaign Growing Fast
  • Hunter Education Requirements Adapted in Light of Social Distancing
  • ODFW Provides Resources to Office of Emergency Management Joint Information Center
  • #HerpWeek on Instagram a Success
  • Spring Hunting Newsletter Highlights Opportunity, Controlled Hunt Process

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Denman Wildlife Area Coverboard Surveys
  • Western Painted Turtle Released
  • Minto Brown Trail Cams Deployed
  • Sierra Nevada red fox project continues
  • OCRF Committee & Expenditure Framework
  • East Region Bios Complete Owl Survey
  • Turtle Surveys in Mosier
  • OCAMP is Underway

MARINE RESOURCES PROGRAM

  • The Ocean is ‘Essential’

July   EAST REGION
  • Lower Deschutes Redband
  • Opal Springs Dam Fishway
  • Wind Power Raptor Research Project
  • Overshoot and Cold Water Refuge Use by John Day River Steelhead

WEST REGION

  • Cormorant Survey of the Astoria-Megler Bridge
  • Tagged green sturgeon recovered
  • Rogue Wildlife District Proactively Approaches Urban Bear Issue
  • Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Proposals Scored and Ranked
  • Fish Ladder Modifications Should Help South Umpqua Spring Chinook
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • Hunter Education Classes Resume
  • Podcast Features Chad Brown’s Soul River
  • Pronghorn Hunters get Targeted Information

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Borax Lake Chub Delisted
  • Greater Sage-Grouse Population Monitoring
  • OCAMP Species Selected by Experts
  • Northwestern Pond Turtle Survey Successful
  • OCRF Committee Moves into Next Phase
  • Good Neighbor Authority Agreements

OCEAN SALMON AND COLUMBIA RIVER PROGRAM

  • New Article Illustrates Negative Effects of Columbia and Snake River Dams on Salmon Survival.

ODFW DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE

       
2019 Field Reports
       
January   EAST REGION
  • Invasive Grass Control
  • Cold Springs Elk Damage
  • Improved Angler Access

WEST REGION

  • Sauvie Island Waterfowl Hunting Social
    Media
  • Coos River Basin STEP Hatcheries Host
    Student Learning Events
  • Springfield Fish Staff Negotiate Water
    Releases
  • Columbia River Avian Predation Study
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • Electronic License System Launches
  • #25DaysOfFishmas II

OCEAN SALMON AND COLUMBIA
RIVER PROGRAM

  • OSCRP’s “Zone 6” Recreational Creel Survey
    illuminates Walleye fishery!

OREGON STATE POLICE (OSP)

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Gale Achterman Wildlife Area invasive plan
    removal
  • Harborton Frog Shuffle
  • New Information on Ladd Marsh Wildlife
    Area’s Greater Sandhill Crane Population

February   EAST REGION
  • Ana Reservoir Wipers
  • Cougar Research
  • Strategies for Open Range Ranching

WEST REGION

  • Umpqua Fish District begins winter steelhead study
  • Fern Ridge Wildlife Area updates
  • McKenzie Hatchery water supply
  • Grant Creek fish passage
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • New Year, New Laws, New Initiatives
  • Learn to Hunt Workshops
  • Indoor Archery Tournament

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • 2020 Stamp Art Contests announced
  • Master Naturalist class expanded to include South Umpqua
  • 2018 Western pond turtle survey results
  • Amphibian egg mass surveys

MARINE RESOURCES PROGRAM

  • Oregon Pink Shrimp – better and better

March   EAST REGION
  • Anderson Property Acquisition
  • Data: From Fish to Website
  • Bend Cougar Incident

WEST REGION

  • Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby
  • #SteelheadWeek
  • Rabbit Hunt for Physically Challenged Hunters
  • Cultural Conference
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • #Steelhead Week

OREGON STATE POLICE

  • SW Region
  • NW Region
  • East Region

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program
  • Great Gray Owl Coordination

OCEAN SALMON AND COLUMBIA RIVER PROGRAM

  • Northern Pikeminnow Management Program; “managing a native predator to benefit juvenile salmonids”

April   EAST REGION
  • 2019 Snowpocalypse
  • Deschutes Habitat Conservation Plan
  • Moose Update

WEST REGION

  • E. E. Wilson Wildlife Area 2018-19 Hunting Season
  • Elk Safety Issue on the Southwest Coast
  • Sturgeon in Sturgeon Lake
  • City of Eugene Turkey Trapping
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • OSU Catch of the Game
  • Archery in the Schools Tournament

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Conifer encroachment removal
  • Improved Survey Results on Restoration Project
  • Trumpeter Swan Project

MARINE RESOURCES PROGRAM

  • SEACOR is in Coos Bay and Yaquina Bay this year
  • Coos Bay
  • Yaquina Bay

June   EAST REGION
  • Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
  • Chesnimnus Elk
  • Summer Lake Cleanup

WEST REGION

  • Fishing vessel wreckage in Western snowy plover nesting area
  • Willamette Falls Spring Chinook Passage
  • R3 Project in Partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
  • Greater Clatsop Plains Elk Issues
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • ELS Communications and Outreach
  • Education Events Abound this summer
  • MyODFW Employs “Listicles” to Engage the Public
  • End Caps Ease Beginners into Trout Fishing

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Greater Sage-grouse Lek Surveys
  • Removing Bullfrogs to Monitor Oregon Spotted Frog Response
  • Social Media Helps Find Native Turtle a New Home

OCEAN SALMON AND COLUMBIA RIVER PROGRAM

  • Estimating smolt abundance at Bonneville Dam

August  

EAST REGION

  • The Harney County Wildfire Collaborative
  • Warner Sucker
  • Wallowa Lake

WEST REGION

  • Denman Wildlife Area Hosts Young Oregon Hunters Day
  • EE Wilson Wildlife Area Hosts Youth Outdoor Day
  • A Few Free Fishing Weekend North Coast
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • Governor’s Campout
  • Sturgeon on Social Media

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Rapid Response Exercise
  • Long-term Western Pond Turtle Survey
  • Streaked Horned Lark Monitoring

MARINE RESOURCES PROGRAM

  • Marine habitat projects are in full swing

September   EAST REGION
  • Beaver Creek Dam Fishway
  • Imnaha Weir
  • Odell Bull Trout
  • Elkhorn Mountain Goats

WEST REGION

  • Upton Slough Tide gate Replacement & Aquatic Habitat Improvement
  • The Siletz River Guide
  • Rogue Canyon Bear Issues
  • Leaburg Dam Lamprey Detection
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • I&E Employs “Train the Trainer” Approach
  • Social Media Update
  • Video Series to Help Hunters, Biologists

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • 2019 Estimated Sage-grouse Population
  • Successful Streaked Horned Lark Nesting, Herbert Farm Natural Area
  • RAWA Update
  • Wildlife Intern Introduced to Amphibian Survey
  • Major Fish Passage Barrier Removed

OCEAN SALMON AND COLUMBIA RIVER PROGRAM

  • 2019-2021 Flexible Spill Agreement

October   EAST REGION
  • Oregon Mid-Columbia Steelhead Recovery
  • Annual Williamson River Cleanup
  • MYY Brook Trout

WEST REGION

  • Double-crested cormorant data analysis
  • Wolf Update & Predator Deterrence Workshop
  • Partnerships with Washington County
  • Coquille Valley Wildlife Area holds inaugural youth pheasant hunt
  • OHA names Jade Keehn 2018 Conservationist of the Year
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • African American Outdoor Alliance
  • Feast Portland
  • Hunter Outreach

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Oregon North American bat monitoring
  • Fish safe plan for emergency bridge repair
  • Gail Achterman Wildlife Area culvert removal project

MARINE RESOURCES PROGRAM

  • Ocean sport fishing has been great
  • Return of the “Blob” – marine heatwave developing

December   EAST REGION
  • Lower Deschutes Fire Restoration
  • Baker Sage-grouse Local Implementation Team
  • Miller Lake Lamprey
  • Snake River Basin Chinook Salmon Surveys

WEST REGION

  • Coquille Valley Restoration Project Update
  • Snakes Removed from Roseburg Residence
  • Bee Diversity at Gail Achterman Wildlife Area
  • Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Updates
  • Beaver Relocation Could Help Oregon Spotted Frogs
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  • ODFW, Duck Club Join Forces For Waterfowl Workshops
  • ODFW Grows Archery in Schools Program
  • Looking For Customer Feedback about MyODFW.com

OREGON STATE POLICE

CONSERVATION PROGRAM

  • Habitat Enhancement for Native Turtles in Salem
  • Mid-Columbia Wildlife District Western Pond Turtle Work
  • Port Blakely’s Molalla Demonstration Site
  • Fisher Research in Southern Oregon
  • ODFW Art Contest and Show a Success

OCEAN SALMON AND COLUMBIA RIVER PROGRAM

  • Northern Pikeminnow Management Program
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