Native fish research in Wyoming's rivers and streams free lecture this week

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Wyoming Game and Fish is conducting two research projects in the hopes of promoting an understanding of the ecology of native fishes in the Bighorns. A free lecture on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Sheridan College Science Building/Mohns Center will cover the projects, and examine their efforts to determine whether a species once extirpated from the Bighorn River has been re-established to a self-sustaining level. In one project, four prairie streams in the North and South Platte River drainages were surveyed in 2015 to inventory and assess changes in fish assemblages, given differences in stream habitat and flow dynamics. The second project seeks to determine whether Shovelnose Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, a fish native to the Bighorn, Powder and North Platte Rivers in Wyoming, has been successfully re-introduced to the Bighorn River after stocking efforts between 1990 and 2015. *Feature photo Northern Wyoming Community College District / PItchengine Communities* #dally #news #whatshappening