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Salmon Faring Better at McNary Dam
New fish passage structures at McNary Dam on the Columbia River are proving beneficial to both young salmonids heading toward the ocean and adults returning to spawn. This is encouraging news and the dam is now exceeding stipulated survival rates for fish going both ways. The Oregonian has the details: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/04/better_passage_gets_columbia_r.html#incart_river

Hope in the Battle Against Species Extinction
The Smithsonian reports on why the battle against the loss of species is not without hope. Citing a Q&A article with Stuart Pimm, of Duke University and Brad Plumer at Vox, the story addresses the challenges the world faces and the things people must do to meet them: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-avoid-losing-half-earths-species-180955033/?no-ist 

Deep Sea Video of a Sperm Whale
BBC Earth has the story and video to come from a chance encounter between a research team’s submersible and a curious sperm whale. Especially noteworthy is the easy grace with which the whale swims to investigate the device: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150417-deep-sea-encounter-with-giant-whale

Blue Jellyfish Have Washed Ashore on Oregon Beaches
Swarms of Velella velellas have washed ashore on Washington and Oregon beaches, creating a vivid spectacle. Technically, Velella are not actually jellyfish, but a small floating community of organisms, known by the common name, “by-the-wind sailors”. The Smithsonian has the story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/droves-elegant-blue-jellies-wash-pacific-shores-180955025/