The fishway at the The Sawmill in Acushnet helps river herring swim up river to their spawning areas each spring. Each spring, thousands of fish, river herring, American eels and more migrate up river from Buzzards Bay to fresh water. The fishway was made by humans from rocks to create a nature-like design to help the herring along their annual journey.
The Buzzards Bay Coalition held its annual Herring Festival on Saturday, 5/20, at the Sawmill in Acushnet. The family-friendly event included a Birds of Prey show, river herring talk, live mammal program, and entertainment by Toe Jam Puppet Band. People could also take a turn out in a canoe or just explore the grounds of the property which includes a pond, fishway to help the herring travel up stream, hiking trails with informational signs, and opportunities to view lots of wildlife. The BBC owns the property and operates it as a public park. Visit http://www.savebuzzardsbay.org for more information.
Two snakes kept the company of humans at the canoe launch. One was a swimmer, the other a landlubber. Photos by Beth David.
The Lebeaus, L-R: Max, Oliver and Aaron, enjoy canoeing on the pond at the Sawmill. Photos by Beth David.
To learn more about The Sawmill and the BBC, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org.
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