Volunteers from high schools, sporting clubs, civic groups, and colleges, and individuals with a passion for rivers, fish, or fishing are needed to assist MassWildlife personnel in stocking 1.5 million salmon fry (juvenile fish) as part of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon restoration program. Numerous stocking dates are planned in April and early May to release salmon fry into dozens of Connecticut River tributaries. The one-inch long fish come from MassWildlife’s Roger Reed Hatchery in Palmer and the White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel, Vermont. Fry will be trucked to meeting sites where volunteers will gather and caravan to release locations. Utilizing people power, the tiny fry will then be moved from truck to water by five-gallon buckets. Click here for the Fry Stocking Schedule and details on meeting locations.
As someone who has participated in this aquatic adventure, here are some useful tips. You may get wet! A change of clothes is a good idea, as is a bag lunch. You need to be in good physical condition as you will be climbing up and down steep stream banks, toting a half-full, five-gallon bucket filled with hundreds of fry and wading through rushing waters. You will be walking hundreds of yards in slippery stream and river beds, so waders or other waterproof footgear is useful. There are a few waders to loan, but please bring your own if you have them.
I took the image of the rushing waters out on one of the tributaries of the Westfield River in April of 2005. It shows the kind of water you’ll be walking in and along. That day, on that particular stream, I was lucky enough to watch a mink exploring the shoreline opposite. I only got the tail end of the mink in my camera!
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