In this last episode of Season 3 of the Beaver State Podcast, we delve into the stories of Oregon’s native minnows, especially the Oregon chub, arguably one of the most famous fish in the world as the first fish ever delisted from the federal Endangered Species List. We also touch on the more-recently delisted Borax Lake chub and some of the joys and challenges of working with these super-important fish that often go unnoticed by the general public and anglers alike. Our guest this week is USFWS Aquatic Ecologist Brian Bangs, who has a bend in the Willamette River named after him for the role he played in the recovery of the Oregon chub.
The Beaver State Podcast Book Club will kick off next February to launch the 4th season of the Beaver State Podcast. We’ll be reading four books next year, one for each quarter of the year. The goal of this book club is to supplement our understanding of fish and wildlife management and conservation through reading books on various topics and then discussing those topics with subject experts. We’re happy to announce our first book is “The Feather Thief” by Kirk Wallace Johnson. If you’re interested in participating in the Beaver State Podcast Book Club, grab a copy from your local library, borrow a copy from a friend or listen to it as an audiobook before February 2023 and listen for an entire episode dedicated to discussion of the book. If you’d like to be our listener representative on that podcast episode, please send us an email to Beaver_State_Podcast@odfw.oregon.gov and tell us why you’d like to be on the podcast to discuss that book. You can also send us book recommendations for the remaining three quarters via email.
If you’re not already following along with #25DaysOfFishmas over on MyODFW.com/Instagram or MyODFW.com/Twitter, please consider checking out all the minnows we featured this year. We talked about several of these species on this podcast.
We’ll be back again in early February 2023 with a brand-new, homemade season of the Beaver State Podcast. Thank you so much to all of you who downloaded the podcast or joined us along the way for various episodes. We sure appreciate you listening. If you like the podcast, please head over to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and give us a rating and review. This helps others find the podcast. Thank you to all of the guests who were willing to be on the podcast this season. We really appreciate each one of you. Thanks to Bob Swingle and Kathy Munsel for posting these to the web each week. Thanks to Nicole Stuttgen for co-hosting and Thanks to Mark Akimoff for creating the music this season. Thank you to Jay Remy for editorial oversight and keeping us entertained at the end of every episode with a cunning new Jay-ism.
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