Pacific Lamprey is the subject of an Oregon Wildlife presentation on April 11 in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Wildlife (Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation) invites you to learn about the Pacific lamprey, one of Oregon’s most fascinating fish species, at a presentation on Wednesday April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Portland’s Pearl District.

Ben Clemens, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish biologist, will discuss the Pacific lamprey, its amazing life history and its precipitous decline in the Columbia River basin. Although, the species has inhabited the rivers, streams and coastal waters of Oregon for thousands of years―and existed since time immemorial ―populations have declined dramatically since the 1940s. In Oregon, Pacific lamprey is listed as a sensitive species.

The presentation will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland. There will be a reception from 6 – 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required. Register online at the Foundation’s website.

For more information or questions, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059.
The final presentation in the 2011-12 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series on burrowing owls will be held May 9.

Oregon Wildlife supports projects to protect, restore, and provide access to Oregon’s wildlife and outdoor resources. Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats.

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