The bones are used to help identify animals that Native Americans used for food in the Atchafalaya Basin many centuries ago. It’s kind of like a puzzle, being able to find just one end of one bone, then compare it to the reference collection and being able to identify the animal as a beaver, or otter, or deer, and then being able to calculate the relative importance of that animal in the diet of those folks who lived here so long ago. Studies I have done in the past seem to show that deer and garfish were two of the important animals in this respect.
The fish in the tub are some my friend and son-in-law Danny and I caught last fall. There was a little bit of lots of things, as can be seen. Napoleon likes catfish; he wasn’t impressed with the fish with scales. I think he dislikes the scales in his mouth.
The river is at 3.4 on the Butte La Rose gauge and will stay there for a few days. It looks like low water is with us until the cycle shifts to higher water again next winter/spring. The Mississippi and Ohio are settled down to a long summer’s lazy pattern of little rises and falls.
Rise and Shine, Jim