WHAT’S IN A NAME? We get scientific and downright silly on this perfect Sunday. While you take advantage of a gorgeous morning and a setting moon to hammer some fish, think about what goes into the name of some popular species – and places – in the great state of North Dakota.
(Featured Photo: A killdeer pauses after a short sprint to survey the area. Simonson Photo)
Enjoy today, Monday brings with it the chances of a much-anticipated soaking.
Today: Sun 6/11 – Downright perfect. Hi 82, Lo 56, Winds WNW @ 8mph.
Tomorrow: Mon 6/12 – Rain chances better PM. Hi 81, Lo 55, Winds L&V switching to E @ 15 mph.
Sunrise: 5:48AM Sunset: 9:37PM
Moonrise: 11:13PM Moonset: 7:47AM
Overhead: 3:07AM Underfoot: 3:31PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (96% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30 to 8:30AM – With a small approaching front, a Sunday sunrise bite should extend into the morning as rain chances fizzle out. Add the moonset at 7:47AM and getting up early and stretching a first light trip into mid-morning should produce success; attend the late church service.
GIMME A KISS. Oftentimes, researchers will complete the species portion of an animal’s scientific name (ie: the “Genus species” such as Homo sapien, or Odocoileus virginiana) with a moniker that honors themselves, or a loved one, or the place where the animal was discovered. For curious anglers and biologists, the scientific name of the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, on first glance seems to have a romantic undertone to it. However, the genus of “mykiss” comes from the local name for the fish where it was first cataloged on the Kamchatkan peninsula of Siberia, where it was referred to as “mykizha” by the locals, so it’s name did not result from a smooch by its discoverer, Johann Walbaum in 1792.
NOVEMBER NAME, SUMMER BIRD. The killdeer, a migratory plover, commonly seen on suburban streets, gravel roads and back lots on farmsteads in North Dakota, gets its name from the call it makes: kill-deer. Birds will often fake injured wings to lure would-be predators or meddlesome dogs (and their humans) away from their ground nests, before scooting a few yards away to perform the act all over again. Strangely enough, Killdeer, ND was named for the nearby buttes known as the Killdeer Mountains, which were not named for the bird, but rather from the Sioux word “Tah-kah-p-kuty” (the place where they kill the deer). There’s some knowledge for your 12:30 a.m. bet at the Buckskin!
MOST MONIKERS? It’s been argued that the black crappie carries the most local nicknames of any popular angled-for fish in the United States. Among them are: papermouth, strawberry bass (or perch), speckled bass (or perch), slab, specks, calico bass, sac -a-lait, (Fr. “milk bag,” for its white fillets) and more. By any other name, the popular panfish would be just as sweet to fish for, and eat.
Trout, Killdeer and Crappie did not make the top 100 baby names list this year. Maybe next year.
Until then, Stay Sharp!