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What is TroutBlitz?
Most anglers are familiar with rainbow, brown, and brook trout, but how many have ever seen a Whitehorse cutthroat, Mexican golden trout, or Sacramento redband? When an angler has seen these unique fish, it is usually through a painting of a single-type specimen. But a single image can never capture the incredible diversity found even within a single subspecies.
Eastern brook trout
That’s why we need citizen scientists--ecological anglers--to get involved in the TU TroutBlitz. TroutBlitz is a citizen-science project aimed at cataloging the rich diversity of North America’s native salmonids, including trout, steelhead, char, whitefish, grayling and salmon. Through photography and angling, TU’s membership can build a single, easily accessible, geo-referenced photo library of native salmonids across their geographic range. In addition to documenting native trout biodiversity, TU members can contribute to scientific understanding of the introduction and non-native species by providing geo-referenced photos of these fishes when afield. In order to make TroutBlitz successful, we need your help. With just a fly rod, camera and a GPS unit, you can make a valuable contribution to science.
While all of the information you need to get started is included in this TroutBlitz Manual, here are a few things we'd recommend you have on hand so you can get started right away:
Bonneville cutthroat trout
Being a citizen scientist is easy and fun, and by helping us catalog where native--and non-native--trout swim in North America, you'll be helping us identify opportunities for native fish habitat restoration, potential native fish reintroduction and helping us prioritize the landscapes TU works to protect all across the continent.
TU hopes to engage citizen scientists to help us identify and catalog trout, salmon and char populations all over North America. By using everyday anglers as our grassroots army, it's our hope that we'll be able to:
By using the iNaturalist platform, this effort is open to both TU members and non-members (but we'd love to have you join us!) who love to fish and who are willing to help us catalog native and non-native fish populations and locations around North America. In short, we're enlisting you to help us with some important data that will help us make fishing better for everyone for generations to come.
For more information on this project, please consult the manual or contact TU National Communications Director Chris Hunt.
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