Tonight on KUMN, we’ll be airing a story about my visit with a crew of biologists earlier this week as they surveyed the dry Rio Grande near Los Lunas and searched for endangered silvery minnows.
You can listen to the radio this evening or tomorrow morning, or else catch the story online on KUNM.org on Friday.
Standing in the dry riverbed was a disconcerting experience, and so was watching thousands of fish die as the small pools they were hanging out in warmed and dried into mud. The biologists can only rescue the silvery minnows. The carp, catfish, mosquito fish, red shiners, and others just end up dying. (Sure, that’s good news for all the coyotes, snowy egrets, and herons on the river…)
Here are a few unlucky fish whose pools had already disappeared:
And here, biologists have just used a seine net to pull fish from a pool. They’re sorting through the fish, searching for silvery minnows.