OVC program on desert fish


From Mark Bagley, OVC Executive Director


OWENS RIVERThe Owens Valley Committee Presents

Desert Fishes: Behind the Granite Curtain

A Free Program by Steve Parmenter, Cal Fish and Wildlife Biologist

The Owens Valley Committee invites its members and the public to a free program on desert fishes by Steve Parmenter, Cal Fish and Wildlife Biologist.  The program will be presented this Wednesday evening, April 17th, at 7:00 pm at White Mountain Research Station classroom, 3000 East Line Street, Bishop.

The term desert fish is a misnomer, as all of our fishes are left over from earlier and wetter times.  Steve will retrace the routes over which the ancestors of modern fishes arrived in the eastern Sierra and evolved into the current species, describe current threats to the continued existence of our diverse fishes, and argue that one species, the Owens pupfish, could readily recover from its critical endangerment through the application of a few low-tech methods.

Steve will also present the same program in Lone Pine on Wednesday, May 1st, 7:00 pm at the Lone Pine Film History Museum.

For more information call Mark Bagley at 760-873-5326.


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6 Responses to OVC program on desert fish

  1. Trouble April 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    I sure hope Cal-Fish and Cal-Trout have nothing in common. Otherwise our trout fishing is about to go bye-bye.

    • Mark April 18, 2013 at 8:35 am #

      Without the invasive trout the Owens Valley economy will dry up and blow away

      It’s a trout subsidized economy and everyone is looking forward to the last Saturday of the month.

      • Capitalism 101 April 18, 2013 at 10:49 am #

        It’s never a good idea to have to depend on a single entity to provide for the bulk of the community’s welfare. Other means of generating dollars in a capitalistic system must always come to light or you’re going to see ghost town after ghost town appearing as people must now move to the already over-crowded city for their survival.

        • Desert Tortoise April 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

          There will always be those who move out of cities to remote areas because for a variety of reasons they can’t abide the rules and compromises necessary for civlilzed living in a crowded city. They move to remote places so they can spread out their abandoned washers and yard cars, construction supplies and what have you do rot in the sun and/or pursue whatever, um, lifestyle floats their boat, things that stuffy big city code enforcement would never tolerate and zoning ordinances mostly prohibit. Owens Valley and the Mojave Desert will always have such a population.

        • The Driving Force April 19, 2013 at 6:27 am #

          The single economic base of the Easter Sierra is tourism.
          Every community action should be geared towards this undeniable fact.

  2. Philip Anaya April 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Steve Parmenter’s talk about the desert fishes was really interesting. If you get a chance to go to the Lone Pine talk you won’t be disappointed. Thank you Steve and thank you OVC


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