Public invited to sturgeon spawning program in Turners Falls Saturday

Montague, MA. On Saturday, April 25, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. the UMass Student Fisheries Society sponsors federally-endangered Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon expert Dr. Boyd Kynard and environmental journalist Karl Meyer on a science/natural history walk to the Rock Dam in Turners Falls, the preeminent spawning site for this 200 million year old species. Kynard, who helped establish the federal Conte Fish Lab and logged 25 years as a federal researcher there, will explain the shortnose sturgeon’s life cycle and share results from three decades studying its life history and behavior. Meyer will sketch out a four-century history of the Rock Dam site, a natural, partially-inundated cliff bisecting the river, “This is a timeless place, unique both ecologically and historically in Connecticut River history” says Meyer.

Much of Adjunct UMass Professor Kynard’s shortnose sturgeon work was accomplished with the assistance of University researchers. Those collected long-term studies were published in book form in 2012, and include details on the changes required to currently-damaging hydro flows that would allow this federally-endangered species to once again successfully gather and spawn at its natural Rock Dam Pool spawning site, and begin the journey toward recovery. This public program is free, no pre-registration necessary. Meet, rain or shine, in Turners Falls, MA, at the public lot on G Street (left at first stop sign after crossing TF Canal on the 11th St. Bridge). Participants are advised to wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch if desired.

For information: 413-773-0006, and visit: www.bk-riverfish.com