Fishing for Science: A Family Weekend Workshop

june, 2018

30jun10:00 am11:30 amFeaturedFishing for Science: A Family Weekend Workshop10:00 am - 11:30 am Hidden Valley Preserve, 198 Bee Brook Rd., Washington Depot 06794

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Event Details

Steep Rock Association (SRA) invites families to Hidden Valley Preserve to put on their biologist hat (or boots).  Join UConn PhD candidate Lucas Nathan and CT DEEP Fisheries Biologist Michael Humphreys to learn how professionals sample fish with the use of electricity.  We will see firsthand what species depend on SRA’s most significant natural resource, The Shepaug River.

What are those people doing wearing bulky backpacks with a tail, carrying nets, and frantically scooping in the river?  And why is that boat creeping along the shallows of a lake in the middle of the night?  Chances are state biologists are under those waders sampling our freshwater fish populations through a technique known as electrofishing.  Electrofishing unites range from a battery-mounted backpack, a canoe fitted with a generator, and even specially designed boats that send and electric current through the water, which temporarily stuns fish allowing their capture.  Sought after data like species identification, sex, length, and age class is collected while the fish recover before being returned to the water unharmed.  Such research takes place right here in Washington on our cold streams, The Shepaug River, and Lake Waramaug.

Please meet us at the main Hidden Valley parking lot located at 198 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot.  Participants interested in netting the catch are encouraged to bring hip or chest waders.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is helpful, put not required; donations gratefully accepted.  Please register using the link below or all the office (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Program Leaders: Lucas Nathan is a doctorate in natural resources who researched Connecticut’s brook trout population while obtaining his degree at UConn.  Joining him will be Michael Humphreys, CT DEEP Fisheries Biologist, and Rory Larson, SRA’s Conservation and Program Leader.

Rory Larson electrofishing in a Vermont stream for the Green Mountain National Forest.
Photo credit: Ruby Stahel


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Hidden Valley Preserve

198 Bee Brook Rd., Washington Depot 06794


Steep Rock Association860 868 9131 116 Christian Street, New Preston, CT