Herring at the Old King's Highway Culvert
 March 21, 2016
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The activity level at Friends of Herring River has really ramped up for spring events.   
Lisbeth Wiley Chapman, Editor
Upcoming Board of Selectmen Meeting - Wellfleet
On Tuesday, March 22, at the COA at 7:00 PM, the Wellfleet Board of Selectmen will receive additional comments regarding the river crossing at High Toss Road. The current proposal is to remove the crossing.  We encourage all Wellfleet citizens to attend.

Herring Count Information Session
March 30 -- 10:30 AM to Noon

All interested people are welcome at the Wellfleet Public Library, 55 West Main Street.    John Sheppard,  Diadromous Fisheries Biologist,  Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, will speak about the Wellfleet run in comparison to other Cape and Massachusetts herring runs. This is an information and recruitment event.  We need more people to help us count during our seventh season.  The count project is an ongoing effort by citizen scientists to assist in the careful observation of the health of the Wellfleet Herring Run.    

Herring River Series at the
Wellfleet Public Library, on four successive Tuesdays -- April 5, 12, 19, and 26.  All programs be gin at 6:30 PM -- $5.00 for one program or entire series, proceeds to support the Library.

  • Tuesday, April 5 "Art and History- a Look at the Herring River". Lisbeth Wiley Chapman will present a brief history of the Herring River, screen the 8-minute film, Return of the Tides, and discuss Edward Hopper paintings that include the Truro section of the Herring River marsh.
  • Tuesday, April 12 "What is Wrong with the River?"  This panel discussion with Dr. John Portnoy and Andy Koch will cover what happened when the river was diked in 1909; what happened when the dike failed in the 1970s; what is expected when the river is restored.
  • Tuesday, April 19 "The Critter Talk: What Lived, Lives and Will Live in the River"  Dr. Barbara Brennessel and Dr. Ethan Estey will review the studies on animals and rare species of the Herring River, how the dike has compromised the habitat of river herring and diamondback terrapins and the prospects for these species when the restoration is accomplished.
  • Tuesday, April 26 "What is going on with horseshoe crabs" Wellfleet Bay Audubon's  Mark Faherty will give an overview on the status of horseshoe crabs in the area and Mike Long will share some early results from his sonic studies.
Project Update Open Meeting - 
April 14, 7:00 PM, COA

Addressing Important Concerns about the Herring River Restoration
Speakers include:
Chris Rein, Executive Director of the Friends of Herring River
Why the Restoration Needs to be Done
Martha Craig, Project and Outreach Manager, Friends of Herring River
- Extent of restoration and its effects): What changes to expect and where (salinity, vegetation, low roads)
Steve Spear, Conservation Planner, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 
- FEMA maps, concerns about flood insurance,
*  Dr. John Portnoy, Ecologist (retired) Cape Cod National Seashore
- The impact of restoration on mosquitoes 
Spring Run - Herring and Eels 
Three-day field course -- 
Co-sponsored by Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Below: Handful of elvers 

Celebrate the rites of spring by exploring the lives of two Cape Cod fish-river herring and eels. The fishes' fascinating biology, rich cultural significance, and complex management and conservation stories will be revealed through field trips to herring runs, lectures, and demonstrations. We will meet with local scientists, herring wardens, and traditional fishermen to further understand the history and future of herring and eels. And in our travels and explorations, the larger picture of how these species are intricately tied to the region's ecology will be revealed. At the end of the course you'll be able to impress your friends with the proper use of the words of diadromous, anadromous, and catadromous!

Course Leader: Abigail Franklin Archer is the Marine Resource Specialist at the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Service. She earned her Master's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst during which time she worked as a research assistant at the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory.  Her research focused on evaluating river herring passage through various types of fish ladders at Town Brook in Plymouth, MA and the East River in Guilford, CT.  Through the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Program, she coordinates a group called the River Herring Network that organizes workshops for river herring wardens in Southeast Massachusetts.  She began her career at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary working as a Natural History Day Camp teacher and Children's and Family Naturalist for many years.
For complete more course details including fees and to register visit:  http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=45781
Or call Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary at  508-349-2615.
Thank you!
Melissa Lowe Cestaro
Education Coordinator
Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary 
PO Box 236, South Wellfleet, MA 02663 

To reach Friends of Herring River, Contact Don Palladino -- Don@friendsofherringriver.org
To reach this newsletter editor, Lisbeth Wiley Chapman -- Beth@friendsofherringriver.org
For more informaton:  http://www.friendsofherringriver.org