Join retired fisheries biologist Don Ratliff for an illustrated overview of salmon and steelhead in the Deschutes River basin.
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Large, ocean-going salmon historically returned annually to the Deschutes River and many of its tributaries. Today salmon and steelhead are coming back to their home waters after an absence of nearly 50 years. Join retired fisheries biologist Don Ratliff for an illustrated overview of salmon and steelhead in the Deschutes River basin. Learn about their historic and present distributions, their life histories, and how they fit into the extremely diverse river system that is the Deschutes River.
About Don Ratliff
Don was born in Bend, where his Grandfather, George Conklin was an Engineer for Shevlin-Hixon Timber Company that built Bend’s first saw mill. He grew up in the Willamette Valley, and attended Oregon State University, graduating in Fisheries Science in 1970. From April 1971 until his retirement in July 2014, he worked as a Fisheries Biologist for Portland General Electric at the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project on the Deschutes River west of Madras.
In more recent years, he worked on the planning and implementation of the salmon reintroduction program into the middle Deschutes, and fish passage at the hydro dams. Don has been a life-long angler and fish advocate. He and his wife Marti continue to live near Madras.