As all good things must, this Sockeye's time had passed but not before passing giving back to next generation many times over.
As all pacific salmon do, sockeye salmon favour fast flowing gravel bed streams that make up the majority of streams in the western cordillera. These streams, such as the Adams River, are reshaped by the spring freshest each year, mobilizing the bed and removing fine sediments that would have accumulated over the winter low flows, which are problematic for the survival of the salmon eggs in the next fall. The price for this "spring cleaning", is that the flood plains of these wandering rivers are typical dominated by nutrient poor sands and gravels. Across, BC much of the former old growth forests that made B.C. famous for timber, were sustained by ocean derived nutrients that were carried up rivers by the millions of Salmon that used to return each year. It can't be said enough, that salmon are backbone of many of BC's ecosystems.
Maybe humans should try to follow their lead a little more often, and try to leave the world a better place than they found it...Because if we are to be outdone by fish, what does that say about us as a species 🧐
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