Quilt for Two Rivers: Whychus Creek, Future Home of “Small Fry”

May 24, 2012 at 2:19 am 10 comments

Fiber artists collaborating on the Quilt for Two Rivers are blogging about their quilt panels for the 40-foot masterpiece-in-progress which honors Sisters, Oregon’s Treasured Landscapes. Featured this week:

“WHYCHUS CREEK, FUTURE HOME OF THE ‘SMALL FRY'”

Whychus Creek and the Metolius River…..two treasures of Central Oregon!

“Quilt for Two Rivers”…what a unique and worthwhile project!  And what an honor to be asked to be part of this endeavor.

Since moving to Central Oregon in 1989 I have visited these two waterways many times, appreciating their beauty and serene settings.  When our QTR quilting group made our field trip to upper Whychus Creek, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and diversity of the landscape. I fully understand and appreciate how valuable this area is to the human experience–and for fish and wildlife.

My inspiration and vision was to capture, in fabric, the diversity of this unique environment, which is so important as valuable habitat for fish and wildlife.

Pat Welsh panel for the Quilt for Two Rivers

Trees stand as sentinels along the stream, some of which eventually fall and provide cover and safe havens for the fish.  Stands of bushes and shrubs are equally important in providing cover and shade for the fish and other wildlife.Sands and gravels that have been deposited over time make spawning areas for native female fish to make redds and deposit their eggs.  After the eggs hatch, the alevins grow and the quiet pools provide a sanctuary as the fry emerge from redds and grow to eventually start their own migration downstream to the ocean.  (See the additional summary below for more on this life cycle.)

While we have been concentrating on the campaign for restoring runs of historically native fish, my vision also represents diversity in the landscape that benefits all forms of wildlife…as well as us two-legged folks who love a natural outdoor setting.

My panel was accomplished by piecing, appliqué and quilting techniques using both machine and hand processes.

–Pat Welsh

VOTE BY FRIDAY, 5/25 AT 5 P.M. PST FOR THE NEW NAME FOR THE QUILT FOR TWO RIVERS!  The entrant with the most votes wins $100 and a discount lodging package in Sisters, Oregon.  https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/219388/voteable_entries

A Little Bit about Small Fry

During fish spawning, eggs are deposited by the female in redds (gravel depressions scoured out by the adult’s tail).  Milt (sperm) is then deposited by males to fertilize the eggs.

Alevin are newly hatched fish.  The yolk sac provides nourishment for several weeks for the growing fish, who remain in the river gravel until the sac is absorbed.  Once absorbed, the fish have to find their own food.  This stage is called the “fry” stage.

Fry live in fresh water anywhere from a few days to two years depending on the species.  Smolting is a physiological change which enables fish to live in salt water and not absorb the salt into the bloodstream.  The smolts are ready to begin their migration down river and into the ocean where they spend one to five years.

Once the adult fish have finished growing in the ocean they seek out the rivers in which they were born to spawn.  The mature adults pair up and start the process all over again making a redd ands laying eggs.

–Pat Welsh

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