Open House at The Fish Lab

Turners Falls, Massachusetts – Curious about what goes on at ‘The Fish Lab’ in Turners Falls? This is your chance to find out during the USGS Leetown Science Center Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory Open house, to be held October 14, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This free event is an opportunity to meet some USGS scientists and learn about the important fish passage research they do and how it helps natural resource managers protect, conserve and restore fish that are important to sport and commercial fishermen as well as ecosystems.

This open house showcases how USGS scientists conduct research to address the challenges facing fish as they swim up and down rivers and streams, negotiate dams, move between freshwater and saltwater, face increasing water temperatures and tackle other barriers in the Connecticut River.

Through interactive displays, videos, and demonstrations, many facts about Connecticut River fishes, including sturgeon, salmon, shad, eels and lamprey, will be available. This information will be able to answer many questions, such as; what do fish eat, what do their offspring look like, how fast can they swim, and how does the USGS use this information to build better fishways. A special exhibit will also feature live salamanders, which will highlight the surprising amount of species that can be found here in Massachusetts.

USGS scientists at the Conte Lab and their students are eager to answer questions and this open house is a great way to find out more about the incredible migratory fish of the Connecticut River.

The event will be held at the USGS Leetown Science Center Conte Anadromous Fish Branch lab, located at: 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA.

Author: Adria Elskus

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