Salmon ecology walk on Ducktrap River

Oct 16, 2012
Coastal Mountains Land Trust Board member Lys McLaughlin Pike listens intently to the explanation of salmon ecology on the Ducktrap River.

Lincolnville — Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to join fisheries biologist Peter Ruksznis on a salmon ecology walk on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. along the Ducktrap River.

The Ducktrap River’s pristine and undisturbed corridor makes it one of only eight rivers in the United States that supports a wild Atlantic salmon population. Peter Ruksznis, a fisheries biologist with the Department of Marine Resources, will lead a walk on the river to explain Atlantic salmon ecology and biology and hopefully find salmon redds, the depressions in the riverbed where female salmon lay their eggs.

Participants should meet at the Tanglewood parking lot, and group size is limited to 15, so please reserve a place by calling 236-7091 or emailing info@coastalmountains.org.

For more than a decade the land trust has been working to conserve the Ducktrap River and its watershed, in large part to protect the habitat of these endangered fish. To date, 84 percent of the land on the river has been permanently conserved, including the 1,136-acre Ducktrap River Preserve owned and managed by the land trust.

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