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Wolfe’s Neck Center – Searching for Smelt

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The cold-tolerant Rainbow Smelt is the first of the sea-run fishes that return to the streams, brooks and river’s along Maine’s coastline to reproduce in the spring, making them a key food source for humans and wildlife. But historical overfishing, loss of spawning habitat, and warming waters have led to drastic drops in smelt numbers. Each spring, adventurous Community Scientists across Maine’s coastline pull on their muck boots and head into the chilly spring air to help biologists find out when, where, and how many Rainbow Smelt are spawning in streams across the state. Come join Dr. Danielle Frechette to learn about the colorful lives of Rainbow Smelt and how you can become a Smelt Sleuth and contribute to this exciting community science effort. Bring your own muck boots for a night walk down to the stream following the talk to look for spawning smelt, a true sign of spring on the Maine Coast.


Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment
184 Burnett Rd.
Freeport, ME 04032

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