Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife
For avid anglers out there, I recently got some great news from our Chief of Hatcheries, Ken Simmons. Over 450 broodstock salmon were stocked in selected lakes and ponds across the state in late October. These big, beautiful fish weighing several pounds apiece are referred to as “retired” broodstock salmon because they can no longer produce eggs in quantity for hatchery needs. To get an idea of the size of these fish, check out the image from a stocking event earlier in 2009 with Environment Undersecretary Phil Griffiths holding one of these big beauties.
This particular batch of fish came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s White River National Fish Hatchery in Vermont, a federal salmon hatchery involved in the restoration of Atlantic salmon in the Connecticut River. State fish and wildlife agencies partnering in the salmon restoration effort have an option to picking up the “retirees” and stocking them in their own state for a bonus fishing experience! We never know how many fish will be available, but it looks like another truckload or two of fish will be stocked sometime in December. For a fishing adventure this weekend or during Thanksgiving week, click here to see which lakes and ponds contain a big “broody” fish lurking in the water!
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Simsbury, CT. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Health. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January