The Beaver State podcast Episode 15: A tale of two desert fish

July 2, 2020

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing in Oregon through conversations with Oregonians, ODFW staff and luminaries throughout the conservation world. Each half-hour to forty-five minute podcast will explore complex fish and wildlife topics broadly and in detail, and future episodes will feature weekly information from the Recreation Report.

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Episode 15: The Beaver State Podcast: A tale of two desert fish

Two small minnows live in tiny, remote and hostile environments sixty miles apart in Oregon's Great Basin. Threats to their unique habitats resulted in both getting listed on the Endangered Species List. Efforts by state, federal and private agencies resulted in both fish species recovering and getting delisted in 2019 and 2020. Former ODFW biologist Paul Sheerer even kept three quarters of the entire population of Foskett Springs speckled dace alive in fish tanks in his hotel room while their habitat was restored. This week we're sharing a conversation we had with Paul about these two unique fish species and his work with them over his career.

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