Fishing for mayflies: salmon ecology on Lake Clark

Jul 2, 2016

Kids take a close look at the aquatic insects at the bottom of the Bristol Bay food chain. 

Kay Shoemaker, a 4-H educator, enthuses over aquatic invertebrates to campers on Lake Clark.
Credit Hannah Colton/KDLG

While Bristol Bay fishermen are out hauling in salmon to feed the industry, we sometimes forget to reflect on how salmon feeds the land and ecosystems of the region.  

A group of Nondalton kids learned about the bottom of the fish food chain at Quk Taz'Un culture camp last week. UAF educator Kay Shoemaker had them catching aquatic invertebrates in a cold, clear slough on the north shore of Lake Clark. KDLG's Hannah Colton was there and filed this audio postcard.