My parents and I just got back this evening from the Interior. The river was packed with salmon, way more this year than in '06 when we first went. The smell of decomposing carcasses was almost everywhere . Those fish would have had to have gone through Hell's Gate to get there. Cheers!
Last Edit: Oct 23, 2010 20:11:40 GMT -8 by kestrel
Fish are certainly the lifeblood of our ecosystem in many ways.
I heard that the Alaskan volcano of 2008 might be the reason for the good returns this year. Apparently the ash falling in the ocean promoted exceptional plankton growth. Sockeye feed more on plankton while the other salmon such as Chinook, are more interested in eating smaller fish (herring, needlefish etc)
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)