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Count Fish

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by Josh Wood Tuesday March 24, 2009

A tributary above Tidewater Bridge by John DaSilvaNo, it’s not a dignitary, it’s a call for volunteers. From the Friends of the Pawtuxet:

This week the Buckeye Brook Coalition will have training for its annual fish count. Each year the coalition counts the number of alewives (or buckeyes, pronounced buckies) that come up the brook in Warwick to measure the health of the herring run. The ten minute training sessions are done by Phil Edwards from the RI Department of Environmental Management either Thursday, March 26, anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., or Saturday, March 28, anytime between 10:00 and 11 a.m. Just show up.

For those who have not participated in prior years, but may be interested, the commitment once you are trained is only to show up once or twice per week on the appointed day (either some time before noon or sometime after noon, as requested). You will watch for fish for 10 minutes, and jot down a few other observations. It is easy and it is fun!

The training will be at the observation site, where Buckeye Brook crosses Warwick Avenue. You can park in the Knights of Columbus parking lot near the intersection of Warwick Ave. and Sandy Lane, and then walk north on Warwick Avenue until you get to the brook.

Please call Bill Aldrich of the Buckeye Brook Coalition at 785-1596 if you have any questions or observations.

Photo by John DaSilva, from the Buckeye Brook Coalition web site.

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