Outdoors briefs: History of fish/fishing topic of lecture

KENNEWICK -- Dennis Dauble will give a presentation about the history of fish and fishing in the Columbia River Basin starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Mid-Columbia Library main branch, at the corner of 19th Avenue and Union Street in Kennewick.

Admission is free. The event is part of the Community Lecture Series with the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society playing host to Dauble's lecture.

Record steelhead run slowing, for now

The record run of steelhead over the Snake River's Lower Granite Dam has subsided to a trickle of just two or three a day as the fish migration stalls for winter, according to the Spokesman-Review newspaper.

But the run is not over. The steelhead tend to hunker in deeper, slower water scattered along the Columbia and Snake rivers and their tributaries as they save their energy.

Longer days and spring runoff will prompt them to continue their run toward spawning areas or hatchery release sites, according to the Spokesman-Review.

Agency seeks to expand bull trout habitat

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand habitat protections for the bull trout, a fish that stands in the way of logging, mining and grazing on federal lands.

On Wednesday, the agency formally proposed designating 23,000 miles of streams and 533,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Nevada as critical habitat. The area includes nearly 1,000 miles of marine shoreline in Washington.

An inspector general's report had found the bull trout was one of 13 species whose protection was jeopardized by influence exerted by Bush administration appointee Julie MacDonald in the Department of Interior.

Officials drafting grizzly recovery plan

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Wildlife officials from the United States and Canada plan to encourage conservation groups to buy key parcels of grizzly bear habitat in order to gauge how climate change is affecting them.

The change is among those proposed Tuesday for future grizzly restoration efforts in the Northern Rockies and North Cascades.

There are an estimated 1,500 endangered bears in the region's four states and two provinces.

Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Gregg Losinski says the new recovery plan must be finished by the end of 2012.