Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Three Bays website is down, please continue to communicate through the Yahoo email.  We will let you know when the website is up and running.  Let's hope for warmer weather soon!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

They are definitely here!!

    We are having such a great run this year!  Let's keep our fingers crossed that it continues! All of the counters have been great and the fish look healthy and big!  
Fish in the run
Taken by Rhonda Lockwood


Comparison Chart from 2012-2014
     So, I put together a chart that shows how very different the runs are from year to year.  You can just never tell how it's going to go.  The weather is such a determining factor in how many fish come up the river and when they make their long trek.  If you remember, 2012 was a banner year for us.  The run started really early because we had such a glorious spring!  But, then we took a little 2 week vacation because the weather turned so cold.  When the fish did come back, they came back with a vengeance.
    In 2013, we had a very slow start but it built up to a great run in about 3 weeks.  This year, the fish have come in big numbers right from the start.  So, it's going to be interesting to see what develops this year.  The weather is supposed to get cold this week and I even heard rumors of snow on Wednesday!!  Keep your fingers crossed and Happy Counting!!
    We do have quite a few empty counting slots beginning this weekend, so look over the schedule and see if you can fill any of them in.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

They're Here!!

video
So, we think they've finally arrived.  Over the weekend we noticed a few fish in the run and by Monday, there seemed to be a few more.  So we are officially starting the counting process on Wednesday, April 9th!  So, if you want to count, please go to the schedule, notice which slots are open, and sign up!!  And if you've already signed up, please double-check the schedule and remember when you're due to count!  
The first few days will probably be a little slow so don't be disappointed if there are a few zero counts.  The water temperature is still a little chilly, so as it warms up in the afternoon, the fish will get more active.
The video above is from Susan Meyers and this is the first documented fish for 2014!!  She took this on Sunday. Thank you Susan!!
Please send an email with any questions to : herringcount@yahoo.com

Friday, April 4, 2014

Almost!

     So we've done a little work on the run in anticipation of the arrival of the fish.  We've cleaned up a little trash and the counting box is in place.  The thermometer, the counter and a laminated sheet of instructions are all in the box. The white board is in place and now we wait! 
     We're not really all that late.  While two years ago we started the count on March 21st (we actually had a spring that year!) the latest we've started was on April 20th in 2007.  The water temperature was 45 degrees this morning so we are inching up towards the magical 51 degrees.  One bright spot is that the osprey are back!!

  It's just a matter of time...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Not yet!!

So, even though it's almost April, the fish have not arrived yet.  So, don't go and start your counting unless you hear from us that they've arrived!  We've been keeping a close watch on the water temperature and this morning it was only 36 degrees!  A little too chilly for them, I think.  And now with this blizzard bearing down on us, I think it may be a few more days.  It is supposed to warm up this weekend, so keep your fingers crossed...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Last Year's Swans



Photo by Betsey Godley
This is a really sweet picture from last year's cygnets at Mill Pond.  He seems like he was thriving!!
Hopefully, we'll see more this year and Mom won't want to attack any of us like she did last year!
We had a wonderful turnout for the Herring Count Training meeting last Saturday.  It looks like it's going to be a great counting year!  The weather was so nice that Lindsey took everyone down to the run to have a look around.  And even though Elliott Carr had to cancel at the last minute, his wife Susan stepped in and did a tremendous job with a PowerPoint presentation about the Herring Run in Brewster.  The pictures were great!
The Americorps Crew!

Explaining how to count!

Susan Carr standing in for her husband.  Extraordinary pictures and presentation!

Learning how to work the lock!