Spawning Chinook can’t hide from Fish & Wildlife eye in the sky

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Spawning Chinook can't hide from Fish & Wildlife eye in the sky

LEAVENWORTH — Wildlife biologists on the Upper Wenatchee River are using a new tool to track salmon populations. In the third year of a pilot program, aerial drones are now flying over the river to watch as summer Chinook salmon conduct their seasonal spawning ritual. NCWLIFE spent some time this week talking with the leaders of that project, which is testing the effectiveness of spotting summer Chinook spawning grounds, or redds, from the air.