The annual White House Easter Egg Roll took place yesterday, and in addition to kids having fun with hard-boiled eggs, rocking out to the Jonas Brothers, and listening to Troy Aikman read stories, everyone participated in the theme of the day: Ocean Conservation.
Conservation groups in the Great Lakes region are "celebrating" a very big anniversary: zebra mussels were discovered 20 years ago in Lake St. Claire. Zebra mussels have become the poster invasive species, drowning out native mussels and clinging to pretty much anything that stays underwater for more than 20 minutes.
While zebra mussels get the press, there are more invasive species choking out our native wildlife and destroying ecosystems. What do you think the most dangerous invasive species is?
The Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers (O.F.H.A.) recently awarded $6,000 to three Canadian postgraduate students to help fund their research projects on various conservation topics. Those topics are ones that we've all been hearing and talking about: invasive species, wetlands, and threats to freshwater stressors.
For those non-Canucks, O.F.H.A. is one of the largest conservation organizations in Canada and is "the voice of hunters and anglers" in our neighbor to the north.
What issue do you think needs a research grant the most?
If there has been a theme to Heroes of Conservation nominations, its that a lot of people are working hard to save the salmon on the Pacific coast, but it seems that no matter how many hours sportsmen are dedicating to the effort, the salmon stock continues to decrease. Already, the early salmon season on the Oregon and northern California coast has been canceled, and officials are saying not to expect good fishing (or any fishing) this year.
The fine balance between releasing enough water from hydroelectric dams to meet the needs of fish and providing enough electricity has been a battle between conservation groups and electric companies across the nation for years.