Event: WFMD 2016 on New York’s Hudson River Estuary
Chris Bowser, Hudson River Estuary Program
We had a great series of events on the Hudson this past week. I was able to give WFMD a nice shout-out on a well known NYC radio show called the Brian Lehrer show: http://www.wnyc.org/story/wild-about-nyc-glass-eels/
Wild About NYC: Glass Eels – The Brian Lehrer Show – WNYC
Our end-of the season “eelabration” was a great success. We had a great event, with over 175 people at the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie, to thank our eel project volunteers and give them an early taste of our collected data. Conservation-wise, we had the biggest year of eels since we started in 2008, with well over 140,000 glass eels caught counted and released this spring. That brings our 2008-2016 total to over 400,000 glass eels. It was one of our earliest seasons, and a surprisingly protracted season.
We also had our last eel count (or so we thought) of the seaon on Friday at the Fall Kill Creek in Poughkeepsie, and it yielded 400 eels! We will probably continue to monitor that site weekly under glass eel numbers drop further. We also used the day as an opportunity to do a stream clean-up and plant several riparian species of trees along the stream bank to provide habitat and reduce bank erosion.
Saturday we had a public fishing program at the Norrie Point Environmental Center. Although the participants there were hoping for striped bass, the best catch of the day was a yellow perch by a four-year old with a “Barbie” fishing pole!
Event: Adult Pacific Lamprey Reintroduction
Adult Pacific Lamprey Reintroduction in Ahtanum Creek on May 21, 2016:
Event: CT River Floatilla
Laura Wildman, PrincetonHydro
Event: Spawning Run 5k
Orono, University of Maine American Fisheries Society Student Subunit
We had 125 runners and walkers attend our event, and we were able to raise over $1,000 for our outreach and education efforts related to the aquatic resources of the Penobscot River in Maine.
It was great to be a part of World Fish Migration Day and we enjoyed educating our race participants about fish migration on race day.
Here is a link to a pres release on the event that came out a few days ahead of the race on the University of Maine news page:
And here is a link to a short podcast produced about the Spawning Run:
Here are photos of some of our University of Maine subunit members wearing their race t-shirts with the World Fish Migration logo behind them.
Event: WFMD2016 from Alabama’s Cahaba River
Randy Haddock, Cahaba River Society
Three events were celebrated along the Cahaba River.
Event: World Fish Migration Day at Riveredge
Ryan Miller, Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department
World Fish Migration Day was held at Riveredge Nature Center and included an electrofishing demonstration, tours of a sturgeon rearing tour and a live streaming video of our fishway camera. The event was organized by the Ozaukee County Fish Passage Program with help from Riveredge Nature Center and Trout Unlimited.
A local photographer/blogger attended the event and got some additional photos that can be found here: http://urbanwilderness-eddee.blogspot.com/2016/05/world-fish-migration-day-at-riveredge.html
Event: Shad Cruise
Eric Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, Inc. SPLASH
Purpose of our events “Shad Cruise” was to tell the story of the American Shad and the environmental history of the Delaware River. Our presenters included: Steve Meserve, 4th generation Shad Fisherman, and Dr Charlie Groth, folklorist, who is writing a book on the history of Mr. Meserve’s shad fishery.
Event: Wonderful Watershed booth at the Middleborough Herring Run Festival
The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts
The Herring Run Festival was held at the beginning of April and hosted by TNC. Check out the feedback and cool video of the herring run on their Facebook page.
Event: Alewife Afternoon and World Fish Migration Day
Upstream & Artwalk Gardiner & Johnson Hall teamed up to create a fun and creative community event to celebrate World Fish Migration Day. Thank you Gardiner for supporting the return of the alewives to Cobbossee Stream. Be looking for your cheerfully painted fish throughout the downtown in the coming weeks!
Up and over three! We can do this together!
@alabamarivers Big Canoe Creek with FoBCC and TNC
Event: Peconic Estuary Program Alewife Monitoring Event
Julie Nace, Peconic Estuary Program
The public had a tour of the fishway and helped monitor alewife (river herring) that use it to migrate upstream to thier spawning grounds.
Event: Fish Presence Survey at Fort Clatsop/Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Lee Cain, Astoria High School
Salmonids, the primary migratory species of concern in our area, were not seen on this occasion, which is not surprising given that the time of year is between movements for many runs. However, we did document the presence of other native and non-native fishes, and the high school students learned valuable skills.
Event: Flat Fish Migration
Denis Wagner, US Fish and Wildlife Service / Fish and Aquatic Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Fish and Aquatic Conservation program was not only a sponsor of WFMD but also created fish migration educational resources. Items produced include a Flat Fish Migration activity, migratory fish handouts and posters, cool fish art and an animated fish migration video called Did you know? Fish migrate too! You can find everything at www.fws.gov/fisheries/fishmigration. We also encouraged all our regions to get involved and share through our numerous social media channels, web sites and blogs, information about regional migratory fish species and the numerous fish passage barriers they encounter.
The Flat Fish Migration activity encouraged all ages to Snap a selfie with a fish . . . and help them migrate by uploading their image on social media using #WFMD2016 and #FishMigration.