Events


A Gathering of Traditional Small Boats

Join us on Wednesday, July 3 at The Wilson Museum in Castine, Maine for A Gathering of Traditional Small Boats.
The DSF Smoker will be on hand with fresh, locally harvested, smoked Alewives, mackerel, and smelts!
This day-long event begins at 11:00am with Penobscot Marine Museum Curator, Ben Fuller, giving a talk entitled On Matinicus It’s a Double-Ender about small peapods.
For more information visit:
http://www.wilsonmuseum.org/calendar_details.html#Jul_03


Wild River Fisheries of Taunton and Frenchman’s Bay

Join Friends of Taunton Bay,Frenchman Bay Conservancy, and DSF Fisheries Biologist, Brett Ciccotelli, for a talk about the native fish runs in the Frenchman Bay watershed and throughout Downeast Maine on Friday, July 26 at 7pm at Gordon Wharf, Sullivan.

This event is part of the Friday Lecture Series sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy. You can see the entire event schedule athttp://frenchmanbay.org/events/friday-lecture-series-2019-07-12/


Greenhorns Sardine Camp

Join DSF at the Greenhorns Sardine Camp, July 31, 2019
 This is a camp all about fish! Participants will learn to pickle and smoke, learn about the canneries that used to dot the shores, visit the old smoke-house and museum, and DSF’s Fisheries Biologist and Alewife Ambassador Brett Ciccotelli will give a lecture on the ecological significance of this fishery to migrating birds as well as the early economy of downeast Maine.This is an all-day exploration into this important fish!
Contact office@greenhorns.org for more informationand to reserve your spot.
Greenhorns offers several great classes and seminars.You can check out their upcoming calendar of events and classes here.


Past Events

Greenhorns Seaweed Symposium

Join DSF at the Greenhorns Seaweed Symposium, June 20-21.
This two day event will include seminars, field trips to the shore, a boat trip in Cobscook Bay, farm grown lunches and several great speakers, includingDSF Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw.
Contact office@greenhorns.org for more informationand to reserve your spot.Greenhorns offers several great classes and seminars.You can check out their upcoming calendar of events and classes here.

Fly Tying Workshops

DSF has partnered with Maine Outdoor School to offer several fly tying workshops.  Come and join these fun and interactive workshops.  Every participant will leave with their own hand-tied fly!

  • June 11, 2019 – Dorcas Library, 28 Main Street, Prospect Harbor.  5:15PM-6:45PM
  • June 13, 2019 – Cohill’s Inn, 7 Water Street, Lubec.  5:00:PM-8:00PM

These workshops are made possible by the generous support from the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund through the Maine Community Foundation.


Annual Smelt Fry & International Year of the Salmon Celebration!

  The 2019 Annual Smelt Fry and Fisheries Celebration is April 13th!!       Ice-out finally happened on the Pleasant River in the early morning of April 1 – no foolin’! We were able to stock up on plenty of these delicious little fishes and we are ready to fry them up!
DSF’s 2019 Annual Smelt Fry is being held on April 13, 2019 from 11am – 4pm with events being held throughout downtown Columbia Falls.     This year’s events include:   DSF Partner Organizations @ Union Hall (all day)   Local Craft Vendors @ Union Hall (all day)   Downeast Institute’s interactive ‘Touch Tank’ @ Union Hall (all day)   Face Painting @ Union Hall (11:00AM – 2:00PM)   Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum Vintage Photo Exhibit @ Pleasant River Hatchery (all day)   Airline Brewing Company @ DSF Heritage Smelt Shack (all day)   Fly Tying Workshop @ Pleasant River Hatchery (11:00AM – 12:30PM)   The 2nd Annual “Late for Lunch” canoe race/paddle coordinated by our friends at the Pleaseant River Fish and Game Conservation Association (more information here) – Start @ PRF&GCA (10:30AM) Awards @ Union Hall during lunch hour   Citizen Science – Smelt Monitor Training @ Pleasant River Hatchery (1:30PM)   DSF’s Annual Passing of the Paddle, an award that DSF bestows each year upon an individual who has shown passion and commitment to DSF’s mission @ Wreaths Across America (2:00PM)   50/50 Raffle @ Wreaths Across America (3:30PM)   Prize Raffles @ Wreaths Across America (3:30PM)   DSF’s 2019 Spring Raffle with a grand prize of a Guided Fishing Trip down the St. Croix River by Maine Guide Todd Cushing @ Wreaths Across America (4:00PM)     **Shuttle transportation will be provided between parking areas and venues**
  We hope to see you at this year’s Smelt Fry! Celebrate the arrival of Spring and enjoy a fresh fried smelt dinner.

Visit our Events page to see what else is upcoming!

2019 DSF Ice Fishing and Winter Fun on Chalk Pond

February 16th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on Chalk Pond in Beddington (Snow Date February 17). Embrace the season with the Downeast Salmon Federation for an afternoon out on the ice!

DSF 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 part of 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 ice fishing, 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–will act as a meeting spot for those unfamiliar with the area. DSF volunteers will meet at the snack bar at 12:30pm to guide people to the pond.

The pond is accessible off of Route 193 in Beddington just before the Route 9 intersection.


Fly Tying Workshops

DSF has partnered with Maine Outdoor School to offer several fly tying workshops.  Come and join these fun and interactive workshops.  Every participant will leave with their own hand-tied fly!

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 – Fogtown Brewing Company, 25 Pine Street, Ellsworth. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 – Airline Brewing Company – Amherst, 22 Mill Lane, Amherst.  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – Women’s Health Resource Library, 24 School Street, Milbridge. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Monday, February 11, 2019 – The Pickled Wrinkle, 9 E Schoodic Drive, Birch Harbor.  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

UNION RIVER PUBLIC MEETINGS

On Tuesday, January 15th at 6:00 PM at the Ellsworth Library (20 State St), DSF will conduct a public meeting in partnership with the Union Salmon Association and the Friends of Graham Lake which will inform the public on how they can stay involved in the re-licensing process of the Union River dam. The deadline for public comment on the recently released draft environmental assessment (DEA) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is January 20, 2019.

On Wednesday, January 16th, DSF’s Fisheries Biologist, Brett Ciccotelli will be giving at talk at the Georges River chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth (396 High St). The talk, entitled “Restoring and Understanding Eastern Maine’s Native Fisheries”, will begin at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.


Wolf Moon Adventure to the Boar’s Nest

Join the Downeast Salmon Federation on a Wolf Moon Adventure to the Boar’s Nest Camp.  Meeting at the parking area at Sprague’s Falls, Cherryfield, at 6 pm on January 19, 2019, we will ski, snowshoe or hike (according to conditions) to our most remote camp– the Boar’s Nest. There we will warm up with hot drinks and a snack before returning through the silent and bright winter woods. Please dress for the intense conditions of a January night in the forest and be sure to pack a headlamp!

Contact DSF Land Trust Director, Tanya Rucosky for more information at tanya@mainesalmonrivers.org.

Public Hearing on Pilot Study to Restore Endangered Atlantic Salmon Habitat

Saturday, January 13th – 3:30pm – Can the lowly clamshell help save a species? Clamshells might be part of the answer to keeping Atlantic Salmon in our rivers. DSF is planning to use shells to treat streams damaged by the long-term effects of acid rain, and we are holding a public hearing to answer questions and take comments from the public about the project at the Peter Gray Hatchery, 13 Willow St, East Machias on Saturday, January 13 at 3:30pm. Everyone interested in the project is encouraged to attend.

Like an antacid in a sour stomach, calcium-rich limestone or shells (from which limestone is made) neutralizes acid. Further, calcium helps fish form strong bones and healthy jaws. Projects in Norway, Sweden, and Canada have shown that adding calcium to water improves the survival and growth of Atlantic Salmon and trout. Downeast Maine does not have a lot of limestone, but it does have clamshells–a lot of clamshells. This waste product from the seafood industry is up to 98% acid neutralizing calcium carbonate.

High acidity and low calcium weakens or kills salmon. Adding calcium, in the form of clamshells, will help Maine’s salmon grow and thrive. Our goal is to send healthy smolts (teenage salmon) out to sea and see them return to spawn in the coming years.”

The proposed pilot project will start in the East Machias watershed. DSF hopes to expand the project to other streams as positive results come in. DSF’s partners in this project will include Maine Departments of Environmental Protection and Marine Resources. The project is funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Onion Foundation.

Hops and Hoppers (Fly Tying 101) at Airline Brewing Co. Pub

Monday, January 29th – 6pm-7:30pm at Airline Brewing Co. on Main Street in Ellsworth – 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. We’ll share fishing stories, drink some delicious brews from Airline Brewing Co., and tell you about the fisheries and river restoration work going on here in Downeast Maine! $5 suggested donation.

Ice Fishing and Winter Fun on Chalk Pond

February 17th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on Chalk Pond in Beddington. Embrace the season with the Downeast Salmon Federation for an afternoon out on the ice!

DSF 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 part of 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 ice fishing, 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–will act as a meeting spot for those unfamiliar with the area. DSF volunteers will meet at the snack bar at 12:30pm to guide people to the pond.

The pond is accessible off of Route 193 in Beddington just before the Route 9 intersection.

Fly Fishing Film Tour

March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th – Frontier, 14 Maine Street, Fort Andross building, Mill 3, Brunswick, Maine – The Fly Fishing Film Tour (aka F3T) is returning once again! Fly Fishing in Maine (FFIM) is very proud to bring the tour back to Maine. This year the event will be bigger and better than ever, with a smorgasbord of *extended events (vendors, speakers, Iron Fly competition, expanded Silent Auction) on Saturday, in addition to the multiple screenings. This year’s films highlight exciting and exotic angling locales such as Alaska, Costa Rica, Africa, and even Dubai!

All proceeds from ticket sales and the Silent Auction will benefit FFIM’s Grassroots Grants program, in support of local conservation and education efforts. Past grant recipients have include Casting for Recovery, Trout Unlimited, Project SHARE, Coastal Conservation Association, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and many others!

Fly Fishing in Maine (FFIM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving Maine’s fisheries. DSF will be participating in the expo on Saturday, March 3rd.

18th Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

April 21st in Columbia Falls. Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun!  Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 11am until 4pm. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available. This is truly a family-friendly event!

The Annual Smelt Fry is a wonderful way to welcome spring. Come learn what projects are happening within the fisheries and about DSF’s regional involvement. An original rainbow smelt painting by Karen Talbot will be displayed in Union Hall, along with booths from DSF’s area partners and artwork from DSF’s annual youth art contest. Local foods will be featured with smelts, alewives, and mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew served at the Heritage Fish Camp, and a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries at the Wreaths Across America gym.

2nd Annual Sipping Suds for Atlantic Salmon 

April 25th at Mystic Brewing in Chelsea, MA. Following the very popular first inaugural Sipping Suds in 2017, we are excited to announce the 2nd annual Sipping Suds for Atlantic Salmon! Have you wanted to learn more about Atlantic salmon fishing and conservation? To meet and talk with people 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! For more information and to get a ticket to the event, go to the Eventbrite page HERE.

Union River Festival

Saturday, May 5th from 12pm-4pm – On the banks of the Union River at Ellsworth’s Harbor Park DSF will be joining Our Union River–a subcommittee of the Ellsworth Green Plan–to celebrate the Union River. In the morning Frenchman Bay Conservancy will be hosting a clean up on Card Brook–a Union River Tributary. After the clean up there will be a gathering and music along the river at the Ellsworth Harbor Park. DSF will be there with our smokehouse in tow.   

Get to Know Your Trails: Pleasant River Community Forest

Wigwams Trail

Wednesday, May 16th from 6pm-7:30pm – Get to know your DSF trail at the Pleasant River Community Forest in Columbia Falls. DSF’s Land Trust Director, Tanya Rucosky, will be leading a group hike through the community forest.

The property is accessed from the Cross Road and the Western end of the Tibbettstown Road in Columbia Falls. Look for the Pleasant River Community Forest signs. For more information call 483-4336.

For a Google map of the location paste the link below into your browser.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?

Open Smokehouse and River Herring Migration Celebration

Wednesday, May 23rd from 3:30pm-6:30pm – 13 Willow Street, East Machias – Visit the East Machias River as thousands of river herring head upstream, providing cover to out-migrating salmon smolts. DSF will have our traditional smokehouses fired up and open for a tour.

 

Fisheries Restoration in Maine: A Closer Look at River Herring

Thursday, May 24 at 7 PM – 8 PM -Buck’s Mills Rod & Gun Club – Buck Mill Rd, Bucksport, Maine 04416 – Learn why river herring are vitally important to the ecology of freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments along our coastline in Maine. River herring – alewives and blueback herring – tie our ocean, river, and lakes together, while providing essential nutrients and food needed to sustain healthy watersheds. Here in Maine harvesters and volunteers have contributed countless hours to the restoration of river herring. Many organizations and individuals are partnering to rebuild fish ladders, open stream passage, conduct population estimates and much more to help our river herring return. Hear about efforts to monitor and restore alewife runs in Maine’s rivers and streams and how healthy native fisheries tie our communities to the sea.

Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production: Key Drivers, Technology, and Project Update

Thursday, May 31st at 7pm – Moore Auditorium, 65 Acadia Drive, Winter Harbor, Maine –

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will give a talk on land based salmon aquaculture.  The Freshwater Institute, located in West Virginia, is an internationally recognized research and consulting program focused on water reuse technology in food production. He will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS), describe the technology, the Institute’s focus on sustainability, and the status of their research and collaborative projects.

Joe joined The Conservation Fund in 1992 to develop aquaculture, sustainable rural economic development, and technology outreach in Appalachia. Today he leads an internationally recognized research and consulting program focused on water reuse technology in food production. He is known for bringing a biologist’s eye and an entrepreneur’s passion to the modern issues in conservation.

In addition to his work at the Freshwater Institute, Joe serves as an Officer of the Natural Capital Investment Fund. He is active in local and regional work-groups focused on the strategic importance of water, community water infrastructure planning, and life cycle assessment.

Joe holds an M.S. in Environmental Biology from Hood College and a B.S. in General Science from Purdue University.

Fins and Feathers Talk at the Acadia Birding Festival

Sunday, June 3rd at 10:30am – 1157 Main Street, Mount Desert, ME – DSF Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw, will explore the relationship between birds and the fish of Maine that have faced steep population declines in recent decades. Dwayne will discuss how we can enhance food stocks for birds through the restoration of our rivers. Learn more at www.acadiabirdingfestival.com.

4th Annual Southern Maine Striper Derby & Harbor Cruise

Sunday, July 8th – DSF is excited to be a co-host for this year’s 4th Annual Southern Maine Striper Derby and Harbor Cruise down in Portland, Maine! We are joining with our friends in Atlantic salmon conservation, the Miramichi Salmon Association, and WhyKnot Fishing to raise awareness about the plight of Atlantic salmon, get more people involved, and have a terrific time in the process.

Not only do you get a great fly tournament, but you get to mingle with two organizations leading the Atlantic Salmon conservation effort aboard the Sea Mist for a Sunday evening steam.

Fishing kicks off at 4am, and all anglers have to be back by 2:30pm to turn in their scorecards and then the boat leaves the dock at 3pm.

Trager Grills, YETI, and Costa Sunglasses will have some awesome stuff on the boat ride for all tournament participants, and their families and friends.

For more information and to register for this event, please click HERE.

Stewardship Work Party

Saturday, July 14th at 10am – 2pm – Join us for a few hours of good old-fashioned stewardship work out on DSF’s Sprague Falls public access preserve. Make sure to pack a picnic lunch so you can join others for lunch break. Sprague Falls Preserve is located toward the end of Sprague Falls Road in Cherryfield.

Smelt Brook Paddle and Picnic

Friday, July 20th from 5:30pm-7pm – Join DSF at the newly purchased Smelt Brook Preserve in Sullivan. Bring your own kayak or canoe and life jacket, and be dressed to go out on the ocean. We’ll take off from the preserve, paddle around the upper part of Flander’s Bay, and head back for a low-key picnic on the shore.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, July 28th at 7pm – Knowlton Park, 11 Shore Rd, Ellsworth – Downeast Salmon Federation has partnered with numerous area nonprofits to host the first Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Downeast Maine! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind. It will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world. There will be food, beverages, and a chance to connect with all the film festival hosts at 7pm. We’ll start showing the films around 8pm. Learn more at https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/.

Get to Know Your Trails: Sprague Falls

Sunday, August 5th from 1pm-2:30pm -Join DSF’s Land Trust Director Tanya Rucosky for a hike at Sprague Falls Preserve. Starting at the parking lot on Sprague Falls Road, we will explore the newly upgraded 3/4 mile loop trail on the eastern side of the property. This trail offers a lovely opportunity to read the history of the landscape as it follows old logging roads and tram lines, skirts a nearly forgotten graveyard and wanders through over-grown fields and homesteads 100 years in the past. Keeping our eyes out for edible mushrooms and wildlife, hikers and their dogs are welcome to finish this experience with a swim or a wade in the cool waters below the falls.

 

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