Of the 46 species of catfishes found in North America, you can find only nine of them in the Great Lakes. In this month’s column, Kathy Johnson discusses encounters with some of them, including one of the rarest fish in Ontario.
For the average curious person, an easy way to learn what some animals are eating is to find a riverbank midden – a pile of discarded shells located near the water’s edge where muskrat, mink or otter reside.
For eight hours each day, Kathy Johnson knelt in waist-deep water sorting a steady flow of material moving along a two-foot-wide conveyor belt. She was looking for treasure but not of the golden variety – her team was after an endangered freshwater mussel.
Our first underwater shoot each spring begins with a long hike through a hardwood forest. Our high-definition underwater camera system and associated gear weigh in at close to 50 pounds, making the 3-mile trek more laborious.
In this new Great Lakes Now monthly column, professional diver Kathy Johnson talks about what drew her to Great Lakes native fish advocacy.