Alewife run 2019

The Maine Logging Museum which also houses Leonards Mill holds an annual event when the alewives run in the spring. The alewives are returning to a native local pond from which they had been extirpated, following the removal of a local dam. Their numbers have exploded from a few thousand to nearly half 1000,000 this year. Volunteers and fish and wildlife personnel explain the restoration and the new fish ladder and help us catch some alewives for smoking.

Reid nets some alewives to transport to the fish ladder. Unfortunately they are swimming up a dead-end at this moment.
Katie puts alewives she caught into a bucket to move to the fish ladder, where they can finally reach their home pond.
Reid and I celebrate how easy it is to catch Alewives during their migration.

2 thoughts on “Alewife run 2019

  1. Dad mom June 22, 2019 / 4:48 pm

    You’re home????


    • katiequirkauthor June 22, 2019 / 5:26 pm

      Not yet home—just published these photos from Maine we’d been meaning to share. Thanks for your close reading!


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