(Jonny Armstrong/U of Washington) Animals like coastal brown bears gorge at one stream for a few weeks and then move to another with warmer temperatures where salmon spawn a bit later in the summer.

Salmon-habitat watersheds need a good mix of steep, cold-running streams and slower, meandering streams of warmer water to keep options open for salmon adapted to reproduce better in one setting than the other, new research shows. Preserving such a varied landscape doesn’t just serve salmon, it also ensures an all-summer buffet that brown bears, gulls and other animals need to sustain themselves the rest of the year. It’s even important for flowering plants! This research will be presented at next week’s Ecological Society of America conference by SAFS‘ Peter Lisi and Daniel Schindler. Read more about this cool study here!