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Wednesday Wisdom – Norman Maclean

White Rock fish mig day

Original image by Lia McLaughlin/USFWS

World Fish Migration Day is Saturday, May 21.  A day for creating awareness on the importance of migratory fish and keeping rivers open so fish can move freely from place to place.

What better way for #WednesdayWisdom to celebrate than with a glorious image from the Pawcatuck River right above the White Rock Dam on the border of Stonington, Conn. and Westerly, R.I.; the dam has since been removed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – in partnership with the Nature Conservancy and others – to enhance fish passage benefiting river herring, American shad, and American eel.  This Hurricane Sandy-funded dam removal project helps reduce the risk of flooding from future storms and significantly increases benefits to commercial and sport fishing.

Speaking of fishing:  Known for his book  A River Runs Through it and Other Stories, author and scholar Norman Maclean knew the metaphor of fly-fishing and salvation, and his stories reflect how nature and the beauty of the river becomes a sanctuary for renewal and connects family and community in a deep and abiding way.  We can only imagine his thoughts on restoring river connectivity and letting the rivers run free for the fish that spawn and migrate to and from there.

Check out this cool fish migration video!

Resources for World Fish Migration Day! #wfmd

More on the White Rock Dam removal project and all Building a Stronger Coast projects!

See all our Wednesday Wisdom blog posts!

Wednesday Wisdom – Jeff Wells

IMBD-Jeff Wells

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is the second Saturday of May every year and this year we celebrate on May 14.  We snatched this poetic quote for today’s #Wednesday Wisdom from avian ecologist  Dr. Jeff Wells who is currently the Science and Policy Director for the Boreal Songbird Initiative.  The Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) is dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the boreal forest to North America’s birds.

Jeff’s words reference the sublime sounds bird night migration. Did you know birds migrate at night to avoid predators and the atmosphere tends to be calmer?  As birds use celestial cues in the dark, we humans sleep unaware of the massive bird populations overhead.  Jeff has documented these migrations with many hours of recordings and especially in the boreal forest areas of North America.

Our silhouetted greater scaup image was taken at sunset by a FWS employee in the Warwick, RI area near the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge.  It is a beautiful visual reminder how wildlife refuges are waystations along so many migration routes; the sweet light of dusk is a great time for photographing these nighttime travelers.  An estimated 55% of the Greater Scaup species’ North American population breeds within the Boreal Forest.

So “spread your wings for bird conservation” as the IMBD slogan says and learn more about the legislation that has protected birds over the years and especially the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  #birdday

Wednesday Wisdom – Rachel Carson

carson - Teacher appreciation

Pond ecology lessons with a biologist at the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson, writer, scientist, ecologist, was in so many ways the preeminent teacher of our time; she taught us to preserve our child-like sense of wonder and listen to the majestic voice of nature.  She imparted the hard science behind the effect of pesticides on our environment, wildlife and our own health while she also “sang” the poetic narrative behind life in a perfect balance.

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day –  May 3, 2016 – when we celebrate the people who impart the joy of learning as well as share their knowledge with facts we need to honor the balance of the natural world, the health of our sweet earth and the life it sustains, and how to make smart decisions to preserve it all for our children.

So happy National Teacher Appreciation Day to all of you – teachers, students and stewards of this good earth!  #ThankATeacher

Read more about former FWS employee Rachel Carson

Want to visit Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island?