The Herring Run

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 April  2018

 This clapper rail is one of many wildlife species to be discussed at an upcoming  forum on the Wildlife of Herring River.
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Restoration of Herring River
        Join us for an engaging forum on  the benefits to birds, turtles, herring and other wildlife resulting from a return of tidal flow to the Herring River estuary.

        The event will be held at 6 pm on Thursday May 3rd, at the  MA Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, South Wellfleet.   The event is free and open to the public. 

        The Herring River Restoration Project will significantly improve habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Restoration of hundreds of acres of inter-tidal marsh will expand habitat for species that thrive in salt and brackish marsh environments. Salt marshes are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet and provide food, shelter, nesting sites, and migratory habitat for many species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Restoring tides to the Herring River will enhance the quality and quantity of these resources and improve their resiliency in the face of increased threats by sea level rise and land-based pollution and encroachment.

        Presenters at the forum will include:
  • Bob Prescott, Director, MA Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, will discuss perspectives on wildlife in the Herring River.
  • Barbara Brennessel, Professor Emerita, Wheaton College, will discuss Wellfleet's river herring, as well as her research on the Diamondback Terrapin.
  • Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator, MA Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and Steve Broker, Science Educator will discuss birds of the Herring River.
  • Ray Clarke, Professor (retired), Sarah Lawrence College, will discuss Eastern Box Turtles.
        The event is co-sponsored by MA Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet Conservation Trust, Wellfleet Natural Resources Advisory Board and Friends of Herring River.
        For more information about this event, contact Karen LaRocque, Friends of Herring River, at , or telephone 508-214-0656.

In case you missed it....
If you missed out on our other recent community forums you can watch them here:

Dr. Kevin D. Kroeger, Ph.D., Research Biogeochemist, at U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, presented 'Blue carbon' in the Herring River: Can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions through wetland restoration? Click the link view this presentation, which was co-sponsored by Climate Mobilization Outer Cape and Friends of Herring River:   Blue Carbon in the Herring River

A forum co-sponsored by the Wellfleet Shellfish Advisory Board and Friends of Herring River addressed  monitoring and adaptive management measures planned or underway by the Herring River Restoration Project to track restoration benefits to coastal resources, including shellfish. Use this link to view the presentation:

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