Well, we started out pretty good, but the fish have seemed to disappear! We think they are just hanging out in the warmer ocean water and they're waiting for the river to warm up a little bit. We do monitor a site in Cotuit Bay that has a thermometer and the readings have been very low, 6-8 degrees C, so I think we're just playing a waiting game at this point. They will return, eventually!
In the meantime, we have placed the box down at the site with the thermometer and a counter inside. The lock is brand new, as is the thermometer. We've had a few reports that the lock was not cooperating, so we oiled it this morning. Just remember to push it in and then pull it out. Let us know if you have any more problems. The more it gets used, the looser it will become and easier to operate.
Also, when taking the temperature of the water, please be sure to leave the thermometer in the water for a few minutes. That way we will get a more accurate reading. And please don't handle the themermometer by the bottom. Your body temperature can affect the reading.
So, just remember: Every count counts!!! Even all of the zero counts we've had all week. Eventually, they will return! And we will be waiting for them!