Climate Change and Salmon Talk

January 9, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
2400 S Hwy 101

Photo of Rebecca Flitcroft.
Rebecca Flitcroft.
Salmon are iconic in part because of the many environments they move through and the many challenges they confront.  From their spawning in the headwaters of streams and rivers to the far reaches of the Pacific and back again, they cope with diverse situations.  How will climate change alter those circumstances and send the salmon into uncharted waters?

This will the the topic of a talk by Rebecca Flitcroft, a fish biologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, who will share her latest research and offer her assessment as the next Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series lecturer at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Visitor Center, 2400 S. Hwy. 101, three miles south of Yachats. “Survival in Times of Change: Climate and Salmon of the Oregon Coast Range” delves into the genetic lineage of salmon to unearth clues that may provide for adaptations necessary to the species’ survival. Dr. Flitcroft’s research focuses on aquatic systems from river headwaters to the ocean. Her analysis bridges the connection of stream networks and estuaries to the aquatic species that depend upon them.  (Note:  Rebecca Flitcroft will also speak at CoastWatch’s King Tide wrap-up party in Bandon, Jan. 22.)

The Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series is an opportunity to explore topics and resources relevant to the Oregon coast during the off-season months between November and March. All presentations and guided walks are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.