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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS –  Spring 2018


Fishing for Science: A Family Weekend Workshop
June 30, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
@Hidden Valley Preserve (198 Bee Brook Road)

Rory Larson electrofishing in a Vermont stream for the Green Mountain National Forest.
Photo credit: Ruby Stahel

Steep Rock Association (SRA) invites families to Hidden Valley Preserve to put on their biologist hat (or boots).  On June 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., join UConn PhD candidate Lucas Nathan and CT DEEP Fisheries Biologist Michael Humphreys to learn how professionals sample fish with the use of electricity.  We will see firsthand what species depend on SRA’s most significant natural resource, the Shepaug River.

What are those people doing wearing bulky backpacks with a tail, carrying nets, and frantically scooping in the river?  And why is that boat creeping along the shallows of a lake in the middle of night?  Chances are state biologists are under those waders sampling our freshwater fish populations through a technique known as electrofishing.  Electrofishing units range from a battery-mounted backpack, a canoe fitted with a generator, and even specially designed boats that send an electrical current through the water, which temporarily stuns fish allowing for their capture.  Sought after data like species identification, sex, length, and age class is collected while fish recover before being returned to the water unharmed.  Such research takes place right here in Washington on our cold water streams, the Shepaug River, and Lake Waramaug.

Please meet us at the main Hidden Valley parking lot located at 198 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot, 06794.  Participants interested in netting the catch are encouraged to bring hip or chest waders.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is helpful, but not required; donations gratefully accepted.  Please register below or call the office at (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

PROGRAM LEADERS:  Lucas Nathan is a doctorate in natural resources who researched Connecticut’s brook trout populations while obtaining his degree at UConn.  Joining him will be Michael Humphreys, CT DEEP Fisheries Biologist, and Rory Larson, SRA’s Conservation and Program Leader.