Travel Bug Dog Tag Yakima River Basin Pacific Lamprey

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Washington, United States
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In Drive-Up Travel Bug Swap Stop

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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 (9398.8mi) View Map

    Discovered It 8/12/2017 olddunck discovered it   Visit Log

    Discovered today, but in wrong tributary...

    Dropped Off 7/29/2017 eRoamer placed it in Drive-Up Travel Bug Swap Stop Oregon - 151.84 miles  Visit Log
    Visited 7/23/2017 eRoamer took it to Welcome to Packwood Washington - 78.98 miles  Visit Log
    Visited 7/20/2017 eRoamer took it to Wheeler Washington - 182.81 miles  Visit Log
    Visited 7/14/2017 eRoamer took it to laughing waters TB HOTEL Oregon - 71.34 miles  Visit Log
    Visited 7/14/2017 eRoamer took it to $100 Easy! Washington - 102.27 miles  Visit Log
    Visited 7/11/2017 eRoamer took it to Drive-Up Travel Bug Swap Stop Oregon - 181.28 miles  Visit Log
    Grab It (Not from a Cache) 7/10/2017 eRoamer grabbed it   Visit Log

    Grabbed it.

    Retrieve It from a Cache 7/5/2017 Rayvan43 retrieved it from Rayvan's Travel Bug Haven Washington   Visit Log

    Time to move along.

    Discovered It 6/14/2017 ValnMal discovered it   Visit Log

    Discovered in Rayvan's Travel Bug Haven in Vancover Washington. So many and only had two two trade. Sorry we had to leave you behind and couldn't take you back to Utah with us. Thanks for sharing.

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