Winter is upon us, and while our monitoring efforts are done for the year, our work continues at Wreck Pond. Currently, Society staff is completing monitoring reports for the year. These reports document the results of our spring fyke net surveys and PIT tagging, as well as our summer and fall seining surveys. Stay tuned for information on where to access these reports once they are made available.
The Society and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are also moving forward on the Old Mill Dam Fish Ladder Project. This project will open up almost another mile of potential spawning habitat for river herring. Scientists from USFWS surveyed the dam last month. This survey information, along with water level information collected by our citizen scientists, will be used to develop a conceptual design for the fish ladder. In the upcoming year we will finalize designs and apply for permits.
We also want to remind you that February 3, 2018 will be our Citizen Science Potluck Luncheon held at the Frederic A. Duggan Memorial Building in Spring Lake from 11am to 2pm. This event is a thank you to all our citizen scientists who have worked hard this past year collecting data in and around Wreck Pond. Get your recipes ready and bring your best food for a fun filled presentation of what your data shows and how it is helping us improve Wreck Pond and the larger watershed. Please RSVP by January 12, 2018. Contact Julie at Julie@littoralsociety.org or call 732-291-0055.