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Biologist to speak about protecting Colorado’s cutthroat trout

Feb 28, 2017

Credit Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Recent genetic studies on native cutthroat trout in Colorado revealed a previously unrecognized subspecies in the Roaring Fork Valley — one that is so new it still doesn’t have a name. As part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series, Kendall Bakich with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss how understanding the history of these trout can help preserve species diversity.

“We have an opportunity to protect the couple populations we have left,” she said.  

Both of the valley’s pure populations of native fish are imperiled; Bakich said based on her surveys, there could be as few as 1,000 fish remaining.

She speaks Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale and Thursday at 7 p.m. at ACES at Hallam Lake in Aspen.