Category: North Canyon Naturalist

Where Do You Find Steelhead in the Pacific Ocean?

Young win­ter steel­head fry, fresh­ly hatched in the cold waters of the the North San­ti­am Riv­er, face a long and har­row­ing jour­ney that takes them to the sea and back. In spring through ear­ly sum­mer of their sec­ond year, steel­head smolts from the North San­ti­am Riv­er enter the sea and move direct­ly off­shore. Beyond that, very…
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Winter Steelhead of the North Santiam River

As win­ter gives way to the cold rains of spring in the North San­ti­am Canyon, new­ly hatched steel­head fry begin to wrig­gle their way to the sur­face of their grav­el nest. In the cold waters of a trib­u­tary stream above the North San­ti­am Riv­er, their stream, they face a long and har­row­ing jour­ney that will…
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North Santiam River Report January 1, 2013

The North San­ti­am Riv­er lev­el is drop­ping and the water is cold. Clar­i­ty is tol­er­a­ble. Some new steel­head are com­ing upstream, and we now have 412 fresh steel­head in the riv­er sys­tem plus quite a few left over sum­mer steel­head, some of which are still good and some of which should be returned to the…
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Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is a Parasitic Plant of Trees and Fungus

On a recent hike along Pamil­ia Creek, I came across this clump of Indi­an Pipe grow­ing under a dense stand of large Dou­glas fir.  It caught my eye, because even though it’s a herba­ceous plant, it looks more like a fun­gus. In fact, I always assumed Indi­an Pipe, like many fun­gi, lived off of the…
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North Santian River Report

North Santiam River Report, October 1, 2012

[box type=“alert” size=“large” style=“rounded”]The boat ramp at Shel­burn is a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to pull into from upstream because of two large branch­es stick­ing out in the waves just above the ramp. It is pos­si­ble to see the branch­es from upstream and to row around them, toward the mid­dle of the riv­er, and then to cut…
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Devil's Club

Devil’s Club Decorates Old Growth Forests in Late Summer

Dev­il’s club or dev­il’s walk­ing stick is a large shrub native to the cool moist conifer forests.  It is found from  Alas­ka to west­ern Ore­gon and east­ward to west­ern Alber­ta and Mon­tana. This native shrub always catch­es my eye in the late sum­mer.  Those clus­ters of showy red berries remind me of Christ­mas.   I’ve…
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