While we go about banging heads on a plethora of conservation topics, here's one that simply deserves some applause. I missed seeing the notice requesting volunteers... but will make it a point not to next year. Madison River Foundation Rescues Fish From Irrigation Ditches On October 13th, 21 volunteers gave their time and effort to rescue trapped fish in the west Madison irrigation ditch. This is an annual event that happens when the irrigation ditches are drained. Over 1000 fish were returned to the river on this day and numerous trophy fish on days that followed. While many fish were rescued, tens of thousands of fish perished ranging in size from 2 inch fry to trophy size. The result of this event is just a drop in the bucket to the solution.