Reason #1: Because baby orcas need milk, and this mother needs a healthy diet of wild salmon to produce that milk. (Orca mother and offspring, Gulf of Alaska)
Reason #2: Because Monica’s pregnant and eating for three. (Brown bear affectionately named Monica by local park rangers, Salmon Creek, Hyder, Alaska)
Reason #3: Because the ocean is full of nutrients which salmon embody as they return to their natal rivers and streams, and salmon forests thrive on salmon fertilizer courtesy of all the bears, eagles, mink, crows, ravens, otters, foxes and other animals that eat salmon. (Wild currants, Ptarmigan Creek, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska)
Reason #4: Because this merganser needs to find fresh salmon eggs to keep her brood well fed and growing. (Common mergansers, Salmon Creek, Hyder, Alaska)
Reason # 5: Because a meal cooked under starlight after a day of fishing with your best friend tastes better than that same meal would anywhere else. (Tumalo State Park, Deschutes River, central Oregon)
Reason #6: Because what’s good for salmon and trout rivers is also good for so many of the other things in life we love. (Wild turkeys, American River, Sacramento, California)
Reason #7: Because farmed salmon can’t put a smile like that on a friend’s face. (Barbra Donachy, first king salmon, Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska)
Reason #8: Because we don’t want to live in a world where biodiversity is limited to what can be grown on a farm, raised in a pen, or crammed onto a feedlot. (Sea lions, California North Coast, Bodega Bay, California)
Reason #9: Because girls who grow up fishing with their dads…
…become women who fish with their dads. (Above: Maia Donachy drifting an elk hair caddis in the Deschutes Canyon, central Oregon. Below: Maia with a hoochie-caught silver salmon gorged with herring, Cape Resurrection, Alaska)
And reason #10: Because salmon make a landscape more beautiful.
Top photos: spawning sockeye salmon. Bottom photo: spawning chum salmon.
About Trout Unlimited: For 54 years, TU has been a leader in ensuring that we have cold, clean rivers and streams for generations to come. From Northern California to Alaska’s Tongass Forest, from Bristol Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, TU has been instrumental in getting dams removed from rivers where they do more harm than good, keeping mining and drilling out of our most fragile ecosystems, and protecting trout and salmon forests. At the same time, TU has been dedicated to educating and involving the next generation of environmental stewards – our children and grandchildren. As illustrated above, TU’s efforts benefit much more than trout and salmon. Click here to find out how you can become a member: Trout Unlimited.
Great reasons! Wonderful pictures!
Thanks Sara. TU is truly an organization fighting the good fight!
AWESOME post! Makes me want to come visit your neck of the woods…
Thanks Sydney… and you’d be welcome anytime!
Great post! Bixler loves the pics of Maia. He loves a woman who can fish.
Oh, and Bar too.
It’s great to get to fish with Maia every summer! And Krystin!
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Thanks for the reblog!
Reblogged this on Enough Is Enough and commented:
Beautiful holistic understanding of environment, and beautiful photography!
Hi Stephanie, Thanks for the reblog and the great review!
Great reasons and of course loved the pics…
Thanks so much for faithfully reading and commenting!
Dear Jack and Barbra, you are the best! Thanks very much for your great support.
Our thanks to you and all the folks at TU!
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Had to share this because it is articulate, beautifully photographed, and seasonally (and in so many other ways) appropriate!
Thanks for the reblog and the kind words, taylorgardens!
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