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winter count of black hills dipper


On January 19th and 20th, 2005, eight biologists from the SD Game, Fish and Parks; U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service walked the length of Spearfish Creek and tributaries that were ice free.

Fifty dippers were found. Of the thirty-seven dippers banded in the Spearfish Creek watershed since 2002, seven were still present on the stream.

Stream segment Unbanded Banded
Rimrock and Bridal Veil 2 0
Maurice Intake to Twin Rock 5 2
Long Valley Lane to Big Rock 4 2
Picnic Ground to Savoy 6 0
Savoy to Elmore 5 2
Elmore to Cheyenne Crossing 6 0
Cheyenne Crossing to Hanna 8 1
Hwy. 85 south of Cheyenne Crossing 7 0
Iron Creek 0 0
Total 43 7


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