Daily Drakesalmon reliance1

salmon reliance1

Forget everything The Lion King ever taught you. The circle of life is actually a rainforest phenomenon that starts and ends with annual returns of wild Pacific salmon. According to Salmon Nation, at least 137 species rely on these anadromous fish populations as part of their diet. And when you add tiny soil critters, booming insect populations, and riparian flora that all benefit from this nutrient-rich source, the equation becomes massively more complex.

So pop the corks and take a New Year’s swig for silvers, kings, chum, pinks, and sockeye. The list of carcass dependents runs deep:

Harlequin Duck • Osprey • Bald Eagle • Caspian Tern • Black Bear • Grizzly Bear • Northern River Otter • Killer Whale • Cope’s Giant Salamander • Pacific Giant Salamander • Pacific Coast Aquatic Garter Snake • Red-throated Loon • Pied-billed Grebe • Clark’s Grebe • American White Pelican • Brandt’s Cormorant • Double-crested Cormorant • Pelagic Cormorant • Great Blue Heron • Black-crowned Night-heron • Turkey Vulture • California Condor • Common Goldeneye • Barrow’s Goldeneye • Common Merganser • Red-breasted Merganser • Golden Eagle • Bonaparte’s Gull • Heermann’s Gull • Ring-billed Gull • California Gull • Herring Gull • Thayer’s Gull • Western Gull • Glaucous-winged Gull • Glaucous Gull • Common Tern • Arctic Tern • Forster’s Tern • Elegant Tern • Common Murre • Marbled Murrelet • Rhinoceros Auklet • Tufted Puffin • Belted Kingfisher • American Dipper • Steller’s Jay • Black-billed Magpie • American Crow • Northwestern Crow • Common Raven • Virginia Opossum • Water Shrew • Coyote • Gray Wolf • Raccoon • Mink • Bobcat • Northern Fur Seal • Northern (Steller) Sea Lion • California Sea Lion • Harbor Seal • Pacific White-sided Dolphin • Gyrfalcon • Peregrine Falcon • Killdeer • Spotted Sandpiper • Snowy Owl • Willow Flycatcher • Tree Swallow • Violet-green Swallow • Northern Rough-winged Swallow • Bank Swallow • Cliff Swallow • Barn Swallow • Harbor Porpoise • Dall’s Porpoise • Snapping Turtle • Western Pond Turtle • Western Terrestrial Garter Snake • Common Garter Snake • Pacific Loon • Common Loon • Yellow-billed Loon • Horned Grebe • Red-necked Grebe • Western Grebe • Sooty Shearwater • Brown Pelican • Great Egret • Snowy Egret • Green Heron • Trumpeter Swan • Mallard • Green-winged Teal • Canvasback • Greater Scaup • Surf Scoter • White-winged Scoter • Hooded Merganser • Red-tailed Hawk • Greater Yellowlegs • Franklin’s Gull • Mew Gull • Black-legged Kittiwake • Pigeon Guillemot • Ancient Murrelet • Gray Jay • Winter Wren • American Robin • Varied Thrush • Spotted Towhee • Song Sparrow • Masked Shrew • Vagrant Shrew • Montane Shrew • Fog Shrew • Pacific Shrew • Pacific Water Shrew • Trowbridge’s Shrew • Douglas’ Squirrel • Deer Mouse • Red Fox • Gray Fox • Ringtail • American Marten • Fisher • Long-tailed Weasel • Wolverine • Striped Skunk • Mountain Lion • White-tailed Deer • Black-tailed Deer • Minke Whale • Sperm Whale • Humpback Whale • Northern Rightwhale Dolphin

 

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