CFL at the Shedd Aquarium: World Fish Migration Day, May 24th!

Stop by the Shedd on Saturday and get your picutre taken AS our very own Solomon David!

Stop by the Shedd on Saturday and get your picutre taken AS our very own Solomon David!

At the break of dawn this Saturday, May 24th, Center for Limnology researchers and your trusty blogger will hit the road for Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Once there, we will help Shedd researchers and volunteers set up a number of activity stations celebrating World Fish Migration Day (WFMD).

What is WFMD, you ask? Well, it’s a one-day global initiative featuring 270 events around the globe all in the name of raising awareness about the importance of migratory fish to ecosystems and economies around the world.

The WFMD website has a great interactive map showing where each event will be held.

World Fish Migration Day Event Map

Our own event at the Shedd will feature a “fish safari” for kids, where they’ll grab a passport and search for five different migratory fish from around the globe within the Shedd’s tanks. We’ll also have life-sized cut-outs where kids can pose as a scientist holding a migratory fish and a science poster session where researchers will discuss their work.

CFL post doc, Steph Januchowski-Hartley loves her work - and it loves her.

CFL post doc, Steph Januchowski-Hartley loves her work – and it loves her.

In our own neck of the woods, pike, suckers, sturgeon and more head upstream to spawn each year. But barriers like road culverts and dams can stand in the way. WFMD is hoping to underscore the importance of open rivers for migratory fish and teach people about some of the amazing journeys our finned-friends make for their own survival.

Researchers here at the CFL, especially students and scientists working with our faculty member, Pete McIntyre, are hard at work on things like mapping barriers for Great Lakes migratory fish and tracking and tagging migratory pike.

If you’re in Chicago this weekend, come on out and say hello!

Fish Fry Day Video: Walleye on the Run

While our post doctoral researcher, Solomon David, prefers more primitive fishes, like the northern pike he was recently catching, tagging and studying during their annual spring migration run, he also stumbled across (okay, waded into) a more modern fish migration. Enjoy this great underwater footage of walleye on the run. And Happy Fish Fry Day!

 

Fish Fry Day: Fish Q? There’s an App for That

The WIsconsin Fish mobile ID app, your starting point for becoming an expert in local fishes. Photo: A. Hinterthuer

The Wisconsin Fish mobile ID app, your starting point for becoming an expert in local fishes. Photo: A. Hinterthuer

Happy Fish Fry Day! Restaurants around Wisconsin are warming up the deep fryers for our weekly feast and we’re putting fish on the menu here at the blog. Today’s special is an all-you-can-eat buffet of ichthyological goodness, thanks to an awesome new (and free) app for your smartphone, “Wisconsin Fish”

From trophy muskies to the multitude of minnows and every fish in between, “Wisconsin Fish,” has got you covered. A collaboration of the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and yours truly, UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology, Wisconsin Fish is both an online tool and a mobile app that will help you learn about and identify any fish you pull out of our waters.

In our humble opinion, is a “must have” app. Here’s how it works: Continue reading

Fish Fry Day Goes Primitive

Happy Fish Fry Day, Folks!

It’s the day when we (sometimes!) feature fish on the blog and any restaurant worth its salt features fish on the menu here in Wisconsin. Today we’re just going to pass along a cool site called “Primitive Fishes.”

It’s a blog kept by UW-Madison Center for Limnology postdoc, Solomon David (a member of the McIntyre lab). Unfortunately it’s about all we see of Solomon, because he’s conducting his post doctoral appointment at Chicago’s illustrious Shedd Aquarium, where he’s working on conservation of Great Lakes migratory fishes.

Some of his work on northern pike was recently featured in National Geographic. You may remember the pike migration story from a grad student we do see in the office, Dan Oele.

Anyway, here’s to the fish that have been plying our waters long before we came upon the scene. Happy Fish Fry Day!

Fish Fry Day: Northern Pike

Well, it’s that time of the week again. The day in Wisconsin offers up its fabulous fish fry dinners and the day here at the blog where we celebrate some of our favorite fishes. If you missed the first installment of “Fish Fry Day,” you can learn more about that beautiful panfish, the pumpkinseed, by reading this blog post. Today, though, we’re featuring a fish with a bigger, well, bite. Ladies and gentlemen – the northern pike.

CFL grad student, Zack Lawson pulled this impressive pike out of Lake Mendota this winter right outside Hasler Lab's doors. Photo: Dane Oele

CFL grad student, Zack Lawson pulled this impressive pike out of Lake Mendota this winter right outside the doors of Hasler Lab. Photo: Dane Oele

This time last year, the blog was up in Green Bay with CFL grad student, Dan Oele, trying to catch some of these beautiful and popular sport fish on their annual spring spawning runs. Thanks to crazy warm weather in March, though, most pike had already headed back out to the bay before we arrived. Luckily, we did find one slow-moving specimen. Continue reading

Tracking Northern Pike in Green Bay

CFL grad student, Dan Oele, is trying to see if pike return to their “birthplace” to spawn or if any ol’ tributary will do. Thanks to funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Oele is out in Green Bay working on an answer. Watch (or read) below:

GREEN BAY — It’s the second day of April and Dan Oele is cruising the tributaries of Green Bay on the hunt for northern pike. Continue reading