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Herring Monitor shift

Today, I did another shift as a herring monitor, counting fish going up the fish ladder at the Mystic Lakes dam.

Herring monitor online shift

Today, I had another shift counting herring as they migrate up the Mystic Lakes dam fish ladder, as a volunteer for the Mystic River Watershed Association.

Herring monitor (virtual)

For the past few years, I’ve been a herring monitor, counting the fish migrating up the fish ladder at the Upper Mystic Lakes dam for they Mystic River Watershed Association. We’re not allowed on the dam this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic. But we can continue to monitor fish online, through the camera system [...]

Herring Monitor Training

I signed up to monitor the herring run through the Mystic Lakes dam fish ladder for another season. Today, I dialed into a training for the herring run; the trainings are usually in person but the Covid-19 crisis has moved everything online. And there are new protocols to protect herring monitors from transmission, as well.

Last herring monitor shift of the year

Today, I returned to the Mystic Lakes Dam to count herring migrating up the fish ladder. As expected, no fish were heading upstream; it’s late in the season and they should have all completed their journeys by now. It’s the last day of the annual count and we’re expecting zeros all across the board. But [...]

Herring monitor shift

Today, I had one more shift as a herring monitor for the Mystic River Watershed Association. I spotted no fish heading up the ladder; it’s near the end of the season, so I’ll have only one more shift after this one.

Herring Monitor shift

It’s a beautiful day to be on the Mystic Lakes Dam. Today, I had another shift as a herring monitoring, counting fish as they migrated up the fish ladder from the Lower Mystic to the Upper Mystic.

Herring monitor shift

Today, I went back to the Mystic Lakes dam for another herring monitor shift. It was a beautiful day to be on the lake. I counted zero fish, surprisingly; there were accounts of over 1,000 fish in a several 10-minutes shifts just yesterday. The migration season seems late this year, according to the Mystic River [...]

Herring monitor shift

Today, I had another early morning shift at the Mystic Lakes dam, monitoring herring coming up the fish ladder. I counted 294 herring in my 10 minute shift so the herring are definitely running. I also saw a majestic bald eagle circling the Tufts boathouse.

Herring monitor shift

Today, I fulfilled my weekly shift as a herring monitor on the Mystic Lakes dam. No fish today, unfortunately, which surprised me given the 99 fish I counted last week. But at least it was a beautiful day.

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