Tue May 9, 2017 4:00pm

A Connecticut River Mystery Revealed

Sponsored by: Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center & Connecticut River Museum

A migratory fish of prehistoric origin, the Atlantic sturgeon, once a staple of the Native American diet, is born in fresh water river environs and spends much of its life in the open ocean. When mature, at age 12-20 years, it returns to its natal river to spawn. Atlantic sturgeon were thought to be extinct in the Connecticut River for over a century, but a combination of factors including alert fishermen and modern science, confirmed that this is not so. Our speaker, Kimberly Damon- Randall is a native of Deep River, Connecticut and now serves as the Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

Damon-Randall will focus on the significance of these findings and the key steps contributing to the re-discovery of the Atlantic sturgeon in our species-rich river. She will also explain why NOAA has designated the Connecticut River up to the Holyoke Dam a “Critical Habitat” for the Atlantic sturgeon.
This program is free to the public but seating is limited, please reserve a seat by e-mailing Amelia Graham
(agraham@ctaudubon.org) or by calling 203-259-0416 x 404.  This program will be held at Essex Meadows.

Admission: free
Essex Meadows
30 Bokum Rd.
Essex
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