- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for Open house at USGS fish lab October 19 highlights fish passage work
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
Turners Falls — 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 S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory Open House to be held Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This free event is an opportunity to meet USGS scientists and learn about the important research they do on fish in the Connecticut River watershed and how it helps natural resource managers protect, conserve and restore fish important to sport and commercial fishermen and to ecosystems.
This open house showcases 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 and beyond.
Through interactive displays, videos, and demonstrations, you will learn a lot about Connecticut River fishes, including sturgeon, salmon, shad, eels and lamprey. USGS scientists will talk about what fish eat, what their offspring look like, how fast can they swim, and how USGS uses this information to build better fishways. A special exhibit will also feature live salamanders, highlighting the surprising number of species found here in Massachusetts.
USGS scientists at the Conte Lab and their students are eager to answer all your fish & salamander questions!
The event will be held at the USGS Leetown Science Center, S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory, located at: 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA.