A Day in the Field – Habitat Assessments of Blue River Tributaries

In mid-July, Department biologists completed habitat assessments of two tributaries in the upper Blue River drainage, Raspberry and Foote creeks.  These assessments were conducted to evaluate the suitability of each stream for the potential establishment of Loach Minnow (Tiaroga cobitis). Both streams were in the perimeter of the Wallow Fire in 2011. Habitat in upper Raspberry Creek appeared suitable for Loach Minnow, predominately containing riffle habitat and low embedded substrate. Foote Creek may be suitable for Loach Minnow if the substrate embeddedness reduces over time, and will continue to be evaluated to determine the stream’s perenniality.

Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist measuring habitat in Raspberry Creek.