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May 2018
A Place For All Seasons
It's time to Visit the Fishway!
Spring on the Connecticut River offers an unrivaled opportunity to witness the migration of shad, sea lamprey and other anadromous fish. These fish migrate from the ocean and head upriver to spawn in the rivers of their birth.  A visit to the Turners Falls Fishway provides an opportunity to learn about these amazing journeys.
 
Admission is free!
 
The Turners Falls Fishway will be open from Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, June 17.
 
Open Wednesday ~ Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
and Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day holiday.
 
The Fishway is located on First Street, off Avenue A
(15 First Street, Turners Falls)
For information please visit our website or call:
(800) 859-2960.
Coming Up This Month
Studies in Migration
Tuesday, May 8; 7:30 p.m.
Free!
Suitable for adults and teens
No registration required                      
 
Join Dr. Jenny Smetzer and the Northfield Bird Club for insights into migration and stopover behavior of songbirds and foraging movements of breeding terns. Learn about tools for tracking migratory animals and a new collaborative research network to enhance understanding of wildlife movement.  Many fundamental aspects of migration and bird movement remain a mystery, largely due to our inability to follow small animals over large geographic distances.  Topics covered in this illustrated presentation include songbird behavior during migration and stopover, tern foraging behavior, and implications for wind energy development. Jenny is a conservation biologist with a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a research scientist with the USGS Northeast Climate Science Center, where she studies range shifts of migratory birds and odonates under climate change. This program is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club.

Migrating Fish, Mills and More
Saturday, May 19; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Free!
All are welcome
No registration required
 
Join staff from the Turners Falls Fishway on Sat., May 19 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. for a free guided walk.  Learn about the amazing journeys of migratory fish as they travel upriver during their spring spawning run.  The walk will also focus on the fish ladders that help these fish bypass the dam and the history of the mills along the canal.  Meet at the entrance to the Turners Falls Fishway along the canal-side bike path (15 First Street, Turners Falls).  Total length of the walk is 1/2 mile along flat terrain. 

Barton Cove Campground and Paddlesports Open for the Season
Memorial Day Weekend!
 
Located on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Connecticut River, Barton Cove is an ideal place to take a day trip or camp for the week. With a day-use picnic area, bathrooms, tent camping and minimal auto access, it is a peaceful place for families and friends to gather. There are also two group sites and two sites suitable for pop-up trailers or class C camper vans. All sites are rustic, with no hookups. Barton Cove will be open for camping Friday, May 25, through Labor Day Monday, September 3.
 
Tent Sites/night.................$22
Group Site 1/night ...........$60
Group Site 2/night............$40
Munns Adirondack Shelter $30
 
Call for reservations:
(413) 863-9300

Interested in Barton Cove Paddlesports?   
 
Paddle on the scenic Connecticut River this summer. At Barton Cove, enjoy quiet plunge pools carved from ancient waterfalls while viewing bald eagles, great blue herons, and belted kingfishers. Bring your own kayak and canoe or rent one of ours and enjoy the pastoral setting of the Upper Pioneer Valley.
In addition to family outings, paddling on the river makes excellent excursions for church, school, summer camp, or scout groups. Rentals are available 7 days per week from May 26 to September 3, weather and river conditions permitting. Questions? Call 413-863-9300.
 
Rental Fees
Canoes/Kayaks/SUPs
2 hours....$25
Canoes/Kayaks/SUPs
daily.........$40
Canoes/Kayaks/SUPs
3 day.......$80
 

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Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center provides year-round public programming in conjunction with the Northfield Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric facility's federal licensing. Northfield Mountain is operated by FirstLight Power Resources. For more information about Northfield Mountain Recreation programming, visit our  Facebook page, call 1-800-859-2960 or email us at northfield@firstlightpower.com