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SCIENCE

aimed at the restoration of vital environmental resources

The science we do

Since the early 1990's, RTR staff have been working in the Columbia River Basin on studies aimed at the recovery of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead populations. Currently, our reach has expanded to include other geographic regions (e.g., Alaska, California, Montana, and Massachusetts) and species (e.g., Warner suckers, least terns). Regardless, our work always has the same goal: the restoration of threatened and imperiled species and populations.

From a fisheries standpoint, we’re involved in numerous studies on biotic and abiotic factors that best explain differences in the health and survival of salmon and steelhead. Study results have been used to develop management initiatives aimed at improving survival of both juvenile and adult salmonids. Recently, RTR and our partners at Blue Leaf Environmental were selected as a prime vendor in providing biological services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a Multiple Award Task Order Contract of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (MATOC IDIQ). The work will help fulfill specific biological objectives identified primarily through the Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program (AFEP), as well as other programs in Pacific Northwest involving fish recovery actions.

From a wildlife standpoint, we are part of an ongoing research program investigating the ecology of piscivorous colonial waterbirds (primarily, Caspian terns, double-crested cormorants, American white pelicans, and several gull species) and their impacts on the survival of juvenile salmonids and other fish of conservation concern along the Pacific Coast. The project, Bird Research Northwest, is a collaborative effort between Oregon State University, Real Time Research, and the USGS-Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.