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Travel Bug Dog Tag Yakima River Basin Pacific Lamprey

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Friday, 01 February 2013
Washington, United States
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In Dutch Boy #4 Elk Wallow

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Current GOAL

I'm a juvenile Pacific Lamprey travel bug.  Help me migrate!  My mission is to move down the Yakima River Basin and eventually reach the Pacific Ocean by being placed in caches along or within five miles of the Yakima or Columbia Rivers.   

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife and ServiceYakama Nation, and others are working to restore my species. I want to visit the Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Center, and any towns or cities that are along the waterways that lead to and from the ocean.  

Other places along the way that you may find interesting include Prosser Hatchery (visit only) and Celilo Falls.    Be sure to visit  Washington State Parks, visitor centers at Columbia River Corps of Engineers Dams, and other sites along the way in the Basin that might be important to lamprey.

Please Note:  As with National Wildlife Refuges, it is illegal to leave permanent caches at National Parks and Monuments and other public lands.  However, virtual caches are finding their niche on public lands and activities such as the lamprey travel bug are welcome to visit.  We encourage participants to log their visit, take a picture of the lamprey travel bug, and upload it to's website.  The lamprey travel bug can then be left in a nearby cache. Always check with site staff locally about specific regulations. 

Mission Accomplished??? If you've found me near the mouth of the Pacific Ocean...I made it can I get back? Help me migrate BACK upriver to a ‘spawning bed’ cache near where I started. Let’s see how many river journeys I can make! 

USFWS Pacific Lamprey Travel Bug

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Learn More About Pacific Lamprey: 

Why This Bug Was Made: 

This travel bug is truly unique; there are 12 others located in caches across the range of Pacific Lamprey, but each one is hand-carved by Service Visitor Information Specialist Matt How. The inspiratiion for this travel bug and the 'Forgotten Fish' geocaching project is a desire by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees to not only educate and inspire you and other members of the public to help conserve Pacific Lamprey, but to connect with nature, too. By toting along a species from geocache to geocache or waypoint that doesn't have the charisma star power of say, a Bald eagle or a Pacific salmon, you're helping spread the word about one of the world's oldest and (we think) most interesting fish. We also want to share our passion for our trust species and habitats--they belong to all of us! So take this travel bug, help it along its mission, help us keep tabs on it, and most of all, be safe and have fun. Happy geocaching! 

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    Tracking History (9804.4mi) View Map

    Dropped Off 10/13/2017 scorpio1537 placed it in Dutch Boy #4 Elk Wallow Washington - 113.75 miles  Visit Log
    Retrieve It from a Cache 10/13/2017 scorpio1537 retrieved it from Manhattan Travel Bug Motel Oregon   Visit Log

    Found this while playing around Astoria,Or. a couple weeks back. Ironically enough when I found this I was in town for a Fish & Lamprey conference touring fish screens in the area. Will move along ASAP! Thanks for sharing!

    Discovered It 09/05/2017 Jeffrey Lebowski discovered it   Visit Log

    The Dude abides-
    The Dude, Walter and Maude

    Dropped Off 09/03/2017 glorieme placed it in Manhattan Travel Bug Motel Oregon - 66.04 miles  Visit Log
    • Lamprey @ Manhattan Beach Oregon
    Retrieve It from a Cache 08/27/2017 glorieme retrieved it from NCP - Observation Deck Oregon   Visit Log

    This guy might need to head to the coast......

    Dropped Off 08/27/2017 3MudDogs placed it in NCP - Observation Deck Oregon - 184.69 miles  Visit Log
    Retrieve It from a Cache 08/22/2017 3MudDogs retrieved it from Drive-Up Travel Bug Swap Stop Oregon   Visit Log

    Dropped off a few TBs at the Swap Stop in Pendleton, Oregon and grabbed this one as a trade. To Oregon it goes!

    Discovered It 08/20/2017 GotWine discovered it   Visit Log

    Discovered lots of TB's at 3 different events, thanks for sharing

    Discovered It 08/19/2017 AZ4X4s discovered it   Visit Log

    Discovered it sometime in the last few days, most were at an APE Event. Thank you for sharing.

    Discovered It 08/19/2017 AZ4X4s discovered it   Visit Log

    Discovered it in the last couple days at APE a couple we found in caches on our way to Washington. Thank you for sharing.

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