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Atlantic Salmon Habitat and History Along the Appalachian Trail
June 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The northern sections of the Appalachian Trail pass through the upper reaches of Atlantic salmon country. The streams that flow south and east from the mountains are the headwaters of what were once great salmon rivers. Every spring for thousands of years, Atlantic salmon defied current, tide, and gravity, driven inland by instinct and memory to the very streams where they emerged from gravel nests years before. Their journey inspired myths, stories, and cultural traditions across their range. For 80 years, the first Atlantic salmon caught by anglers in Maine’s Penobscot River was presented to the President of the United States, one of many “first fish” rituals around the world and part of the intertwined history of people and nature. Today, the fish is an endangered species and the subject of major restoration efforts. Catherine Schmitt, Science Communication Specialist with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, presents a history of Atlantic salmon in Maine and overview of current work in the Appalachian Mountain foothills to protect and restore salmon rivers.
Online presentation (via Zoom) hosted by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Register here.