The Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum has announced “Beneath the Surface: Salmon in the Boquet River,” a program on the return of landlocked Atlantic salmon to the Boquet River, set for Tuesday, October 15th, at 7:30 pm. This program is part of the Grange’s fall series “Hidden in Plain Sight.”
For only the third time in 150 years, salmon “nests” and hatchlings have been found in the Boquet River, an impossibility until the dam at Willsboro was removed in 2016. The change in the river’s ecology as a result is helping the process of rewilding the Boquet.
Andrew Milliken, from the Lake Champlain office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will discuss the significance of the salmon’s return and the cooperative efforts that it took to make that happen.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program will have displays and informational materials on the International Year of the Salmon available at the lecture.
There is a suggested donation of $5; free for students. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is located at 1610 NYS Route 22, in Essex. More information is available on their website.
Photo of Atlantic Salmon courtesy NOAA Fisheries.