Downeast Salmon Federation holds a number of events each year centered around rivers, fisheries, and our Downeast community. Here are a few of our upcoming events.
2017 Downeast Salmon Federation Events
Upper Union River Public Meeting
Febuary 22nd at Airline Brewing Co., 22 Mill Lane, Amherst, Me (off route 9) at 6pm. If you live, fish, or boat on Graham Lake or just love the Union River, your voice matters and you are encouraged to attend. Please join your neighbors at the Airline Brewing Co. off Route 9 to discuss the current status of the federal relicensing process of the Leonard and Graham Lake hydropower dams. DSF Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw, will present an update on the process and provide information on how to become involved during the last year of the federal relicense review. A public discussion will follow.
Ice Fishing and Winter Fun on Chalk Pond
February 25th from 10am to 3pm on Chalk Pond in Beddington. Embrace the season with the Downeast Salmon Federation for a day out on the ice!
DSF’s Downeast Rivers Land Trust has protected 2,400 feet of frontage around the southern end of Chalk Pond on the Narraguagus River. This land that was donated by the Furbush family is helping to kick off a campaign to conserve 35 miles of river frontage on our downeast rivers, ensuring public access for future generations and helping protect and restore habitat for Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish including brook trout.
Join us for a day of ice fishing, skiing, bird watching, and other winter fun out on Chalk Pond. DSF will provide a warming fire, hot dogs, and smoked fish as well as some volunteers to help those new to ice fishing.
The Airline Snack Bar–Route 9 just before the intersection with 193 in Beddington–has generously offered to act as meeting spot for those unfamiliar with the area. DSF volunteers will meet at the snack bar at 10 am and noon to guide people to the pond. Or venture out on your own on Saturday, February 25th, and look for us out on the ice from 10am-3pm.
The pond is accessible off of Route 193 in Beddington just before the Route 9 intersection.
Smelt Monitor Training
March 14th at the Brooksville Townhouse in Brooksville with DSF biologist Brett Ciccotelli from 6:30pm – 8pm. These training are a great way to learn about these fisheries and help assure that their populations are well understood so we can protect them for generations to come. The citizens of Downeast Maine should always have the opportunity to dip net their dinner! All are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Citizen Science Turbidity Training on the Union River
March 18th at 10am – 11:30am with retired Maine Department of Environmental Protection scientist Dr. Mark Whiting on the Union River in Ellsworth, Maine. We’ll meet at the Ellsworth Marine at 333 Water Street.
Ecologists, fisheries scientists, and wildlife advocates are concerned about the levels of turbidity in the Union River. In response to this, Downeast Salmon Federation will be hosting a Citizen Science Turbidity Training on the Union River to equip local citizens with the tools necessary to measure turbidity in their nearby river.
Cell phones can now be used as a sensitive scientific instrument to get useful environmental information. A technological innovation at the University of Maine has resulted in the adaptation of satellite technology for cell phones. You can use your cell phone camera and GPS capability to help us collect turbidity data (information about the muddiness of water) that can help Downeast Salmon Federation and local people manage their own lakes and streams.
Essentially, the smartphone is used to collect location information (the sample site), a photograph is taken of a photographic gray card (to calibrate the exposure), a photo is then taken of the northern sky (to calibrate the camera for the color of the available light), and then a photo is taken of the muddy water. A mathematical formula then uses the available information to determine the probable turbidity and total suspended solids (what scientists need to determine the impact on fish, bugs, and plants). Help us to learn more about turbidity in the Union River by becoming a citizen scientist!
Registration for this citizen science training is required as space is limited. Please contact DSF Membership & Development Coordinator, Heather Andrews, to register for this event at email@example.com or (207)747-2942.
Smelt Monitor Training
March 22nd at DSF’s East Machias Fisheries Center with DSF biologist Brett Ciccotelli from 6:30pm – 8pm.These training are a great way to learn about these fisheries and help assure that their populations are well understood so we can protect them for generations to come. The citizens of Downeast Maine should always have the opportunity to dip net their dinner! All are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cold Water / Cold Beer!
March 24th at Flexit Café & Bakery (192 Main Street) in downtown Ellsworth, Maine, with beer sponsored by Airline Brewing Co.! Doors open at 6:30pm. Maine Root Root beer will be available, and the event will be catered by Flexit owner Paul Markosian with Alaskan smoked salmon from Mongr included as one of the hors d’oeuvres! Musical entertainment by SHUSH! Silent auction items from Patagonia and plenty of information about the FERC relicensing process on the Union River. Fun kids’ activities with College of the Atlantic – Summer Field Studies educators will be offered downstairs during the event!
Executive Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF), Dwayne Shaw, will give a brief talk about DSF’s work involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process for the Leonard and Graham Lake dams on the Union River.
Sliding Scale Admission: $10—in advance / $15 at the door; $20—Donors; $50-Patrons; $100—Sponsors; $250—Benefactor. Choose Cold Water / Cold Beer! Event Ticket(s) when making your ticket purchase HERE.
All proceeds will go toward our work on the Union River.
Alewife Monitor Training
April 5th in Hancock County with DSF biologist Brett Ciccotelli. Contact email@example.com for more information. Details coming soon!
April 15th in Columbia Falls. Starting as a small potluck in 1998, the Smelt Fry has grown into a 500+ person celebration of smelts and other Downeast food. The delicately fried smelts are always the star of the menu, but blueberry cobbler and moose stew will accompany them on the menu this year. Some years we are fortunate enough to enjoy the meal and camaraderie outside under the sunshine, but no matter the weather there are always plenty of hot drinks to keep everyone happy. Things will be a little different this year, so be sure to take a look at our flier for some more information!
Dwayne Shaw, the Executive Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, has his commercial smelt fishing license and, with a brigade of volunteers, lands the fish needed to supply the event. As in past generations, the smelt shack is a place to work, laugh and find company in a shared task.
Other highlights of the event include a juried art contest for local students, the “Passing of the Paddle” award to recognize outstanding conservation efforts by community members, and a bounce house. Seasoned visitors to the Smelt Fry will also remember a horde of kids running around and participating in contests and activities. This event is fun for the whole family!
Sipping Suds for Atlantic Salmon
Wednesday, April 26th – Have you wanted to learn more about Atlantic salmon fishing and conservation? To meet and talk with peope who have been? To meet with experts who are leading efforts to protect and restore the species? And to maybe win a trip Atlantic salmon fishing? Then this event is for you! Come talk salmon fishing and drink beer at Mystic Brewing Company and enjoy food from Ciao Pizza and Pasta. This a partnership event with the Miramichi Salmon Association and Atlantic Salmon Federation. $15 in advance / $20 at the door. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Mystic Brewery, 174 Williams Street, Chelsea, Massachusetts. Go to Eventbrite for tickets!
Alewife Monitor Training
April 26th with DSF biologist Brett Ciccotelli. To be held in Washington County. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Details coming soon!
At Icebreaker Dam at the end of Cable Pool Rd in Cherryfield
Are you curious about what life lurks in the tea-stained depths of the mighty Narraguagus River? Join Maine Outdoor School founders Joe Horn and Hazel Stark on a two-hour exploration both upstream and downstream of the Icebreaker Dam on the Narraguagus River in search of mayflies, stoneflies, caddis flies, hellgrammites, minnows, frogs, and maybe even eels! Be sure to bring rubber boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and a sense of adventure!
Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash
May 20th in East Machias, the Smolt Bolt is a spring road race celebrating the migration of Atlantic salmon smolts from their freshwater home to the ocean, where they will embark on their great migration to the North Atlantic feeding grounds. The race begins across from Dunkin’ Donuts in Machias at the Sunrise Trail parking lot and follows this incredibly scenic section of trail along the river to DSF in East Machias. The 4 mile course is flat the whole way, making it a great race for all abilities. Registration begins at 7am at our Downeast Salmon Federation center in East Machias and shuttles will begin bringing people to the start at 8am. The race will officially start at 9am. For more information click here…
East Machias River Paddle
June 3rd – Bring your kayak or canoe and come join us for a paddle on the East Machias River! We’ve been working on restoring Atlantic salmon and river habitat on the East Machias for years, and now we’d like to bring you along to explore the river with us. Our trip will be two hours and will cover an “easy” portion of the river–so both beginners and experienced paddlers should feel welcome to come along. All participants should come prepared with a life jacket, water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and appropriate clothing.
Space on this river paddle is limited, so please reserve your spot with DSF Membership & Development Coordinator, Heather Andrews, ahead of time at email@example.com or (207)747-2942. Final time TBD. See you on the river!
Avian Piscivores and the Rivers That Once Fed Them
Sunday, June 4th at 10:30am – Join us for this special talk at the Acadia Birding Festival in Bar Harbor. Keystone species such as river herring, sea-run smelt and tomcod are critical components of the diets of many birds and other wildlife at various times of year. Restoration of these fish and the rivers where they spawn present a tremendous opportunity to rebuild multiple ecosystems and avian communities. We will discuss various ways that birders can become involved in ecosystem restoration. For more information, visit the Acadia Birding Festival website at http://www.acadiabirdingfestival.com/index.htm.
Union River Paddle and Smoked Alewives in Ellsworth
June 24th on the Union River in in Ellsworth. Join guide Nate Hanson for a paddle down the Union River in the early afternoon, and finish off the day with DSF’s smoked alewives. More details coming soon!
Downeast River Paddle
July – Canoe or kayak with DSF on one of our downeast rivers! Final date and details TBD.
Downeast River Paddle
August – Join DSF for a guided a paddle on one of our downeast rivers! Final date and details TBD.
Gentlemen’s Night! at the Peter Gray Conservation Hatchery
October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th – On Tuesday evenings in October, we’ll have a Gentlemen’s Night to clip the small adipose fins of young Atlantic salmon we have raised for the Parr Project before releasing them into the East Machias River. Bring your gentlemen friends and join DSF Hatchery Manager Zach Sheller for a night of fin clipping fun! We’ll have over 200,000 adipose fins to clip, so please join us in this community effort!
Ladies’ Night! at the Peter Gray Conservation Hatchery
October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th – On Thursday evenings in October, we’ll have a Ladies’ Night where we’ll clip the small adipose fins of young Atlantic salmon we have raised for the Parr Project before releasing them into the East Machias River. Bring your lady friends and join DSF staff members Rachel Gorich and Heather Andrews for an evening of conversation while we put our hands to work. We’ll have over 200,000 adipose fins to clip, so please join us in this community effort!
Muddled Muddlers (Fly Tying Part I)
November – Led by skilled fly tyer and DSF board member Joe Horn. Learn the art of fly tying or, if you’re already a skilled fly tyer, come tie a fly or two and maybe give a newbie a few pointers in the process. Final date and details TBD.
Hops and Hoppers (Fly Tying Part II)
December – Led by skilled fly tyer and DSF board member Joe Horn. Learn the art of fly tying or, if you’re already a skilled fly tyer, come tie a fly or two and maybe give a newbie a few pointers in the process. Final date and details TBD.
The Peter Gray Hatchery is open for tours! Downeast Salmon Federation would like to invite you to come tour the Peter Gray Hatchery in East Machias and show you all this amazing facility has to offer. Eggs are delivered to the hatchery in January and we are running full time from then until the fish are stocked into the river in October. Drop-ins are always welcome. If you have a large group or would like to ensure someone will be at the hatchery, please feel free to call ahead at 207-255-0676 and schedule a tour with one of our dedicated staff.