ELLSWORTH — Downeast Trout Unlimited will hold its final members meeting before the start of summer on Wednesday, May 19, via Zoom.
A public business meeting at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a presentation by Paul Bunker, who will speak on “Restoring Native Fish Populations in Yellowstone.”
A member of Rocky Mountain Flycasters Trout Unlimited in Fort Collins, Colo., Bunker has been “volunteering” to fly fish for science in Yellowstone National Park since 2006. With volunteers from across the country he has supported the park’s objective of restoring native fish populations to the park’s waters. Among the many projects they have worked on are removing lake trout from Yellowstone Lake, identifying genetics of fish in the headwaters of Trout Creek and assisting in tagging Yellowstone cutts, rainbows and cutbows to determine spawning sites in the Lamar River watershed.
Bunker will address the history and impact of non-native lake trout introductions into Yellowstone Lake, on both the native Yellowstone cutthroats and the surrounding ecosystem. In addition, he will discuss past, present and future efforts by the National Park Service, Trout Unlimited and other conservation groups to restore the cutthroats to pre-lake trout introduction levels.
Finally, Bunker will discuss the status of the Yellowstone Volunteer Fly Fishing Program, where citizen scientists from around the country assist the park’s biologists in collecting vital data to help restore native fish populations throughout the park.
The program is free, but registration is required at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89626018889?pwd=TEVPMWtKU1puMk40SEYzbERwS05Cdz09.
Trout Unlimited is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of North American cold water fish and their habitat. Membership is open to all. Go to tu.org/intro to join. Use chapter code 305 for Downeast Trout Unlimited.
For more information, contact Tammy Packie at [email protected].