Rio Grande minnow's plighta
Water managers are scrambling to find a way to maintain wild populations of the Rio Grande silvery minnow after the annual fall census failed to locate any of the small fish for the first time in 20 years.
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Since: Jan 10
#1 Dec 28, 2012
Sometimes its really hard to accept what nature puts forth!
#2 Dec 28, 2012
You are correct.
And sometimes it is really hard for humans to accept that they are stewards of nature and not self-ordained plenipotentiary prefects of utopianism.
Pride did not cause the extinction of the silvery minnow, but it can certainly cause humans to fail- short of that Truth for which their restless hearts yearn.
#3 Dec 28, 2012
wet farts from tne phony pollster.
Since: Feb 08
#4 Dec 28, 2012
Here is an interesting paper on the ecology of the silvery minnow, which used to be a rather abundant native of the Rio Grande and Pecos. They feed on plant debris and organic sediment. A couple of guys collected samples of the fish in 1874 that were preserved and just recently analyzed. Read the last section of the paper where the authors discuss how hardy the fish are, capable of surviving hostile river conditions including low oxygen that would be fatal to other fish.
#5 Dec 29, 2012
Speaking as a gosh darn fish, I am totally upset that people would be treating my extinction as such a flighty affair.
Sure, I am not a Walleye-but than neither are you.
I have a certain Rio Grande delicacy to my texture that none of you will ever taste.
My taste even rivals that of St. Croix frog legs, if you have had enough schnapps beforehand.
To conclude, I will quote our great fearless leader as he spoke in 1961:
" It is a Vast Wasteland"
(i.e., no mackerel shining in the moonlight has less integrity or more stink than an Obama union activist)
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