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Evaluation of foraging behavior, colony connectivity, and predation on ESA-listed salmonids from the upper Columbia River by Caspian terns nesting on Goose Island in Potholes Reservoir


February 2013 - January 2017


This study is designed to evaluate the foraging behavior and colony connectivity of Caspian terns (Hydroprogne caspia) nesting on Goose Island in Potholes Reservoir, with particular emphasis on predation by terns from this colony on ESA-listed juvenile salmonids (Oncorhynchus spp.) from the upper Columbia River.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 17

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 68

Presentations: 241



Funding Agencies

  • Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County, Washington


Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  2. Oregon State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute