Katherine Nordholm surgically inserted tags into the bellies of anesthetized juvenile coho salmon plucked from Palouse Creek on Monday, as part of her work with local salmon.
Nordholm is researching salmon for the Coos Watershed Association, but she’s getting a sweet deal — Nordholm is a graduate student at Oregon State University, and CWA is paying for her schooling in exchange for her research.
“It’s pretty slick,” Nordholm said. “It sounded like a pretty good opportunity.”
Plus, working here meant she was coming back home. Nordholm graduated from North Bend High School in 2001, and attended Southwestern Oregon Community College before transferring to Oregon State and majoring in biology.
“I didn’t mind coming back,” she said of working in her hometown. “I think it’s beautiful.”
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To watch a video of their work, visit: www.youtube.com/user/theworldlink#p/u/0/CtRre_SMbZA