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Wildlife refuges are often invisible to those who don’t seek them out. But they serve an important function, both as havens for animals and as testbeds for conservation practices. To restore the Northeast’s rivers, there’s no better place to start.

The American eel spawns and hatches in the ocean waters of the Sargasso Sea, near Bermuda, about 2 million square miles of warm water in the North Atlantic. The larvae of this snake-like fish drift with the currents for about a year to find homes throughout their huge range, from Greenland to Venezuela. Many eels migrate north and make it all the way to Lake Ontario. A champion migrator if I’ve ever… Read More

An effort to restore the Mill River in Taunton, MA, recently concluded with the removal of the West Britannia Dam, restoring access for migratory fish and preventing flooding in the community.