This isn’t a blog, but it’s a video showing sockeye salmon spawning in a remote Alaska river and the connection between pristine habitat and the freshwater lifecycle of salmon, from the female salmon building their redds in the gravel in a section of side channel with sufficient upwelling to courtship behavior to juvenile salmon rearing among a phenominal example of habitat complexity in the form of LWD (i.e., large woody debris).

The music is from the late Walkin Jim Stoltz, an advocate for keeping pristine places like this river intact.  Information about his music and his life can be found at