A science team from CRITFC and the University of Idaho were at the South Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho's U.S. Forest Service - Payette National Forest last week. They were testing the thermal tolerance of salmonids in an effort to increase our understanding of how Columbia Basin cold water fish react to higher water temperatures. In the final photo, a juvenile chinook is provided fresh water to its gills through a tube while a monitor measures its heart rate as the water warms. (After the test, the fish recover in a cold tank before being returned to the river.) Knowing how cold water fish handle warmer water will be vital in helping us prepare to deal with climate change.
By merging cutting-edge scientific research like this with traditional ecological knowledge and wisdom, the tribes are working to understand and prepare for the impacts that climate change will have on our lands and First Foods. To learn more about this effort, visit http://www.critfc.org/fish-and-watersheds/climate/
"We must begin preparations to maintain our community and our natural resources. We must carry forward our culture and traditions for our tribes’ future and for your own families’ well-being. For many generations, you will be challenged with a changing climate. But always remember, since time immemorial, we have looked to our elders for their wisdom and guidance, and within our children we will always see hope." —Shxmyah (Arlen Washines), Yakama Nation Higher Education Programs Manager, from the Yakama Nation Climate Adaptation Plan for the Territories of the Yakama Nation.
photos courtesy Jayson FiveCrows, CRITFC