Focused on the Conservation of Fishers Island
Many people on Fishers remember the ground nesting birds parading
their young. The calls of the whippoorwill and quail were heard.
Meadowlarks were present from one end of the island to the other.
Their absence is an indicator of the degradation of our environment.
Just as the death of a canary is the warning mechanism for coal miners;
so the absence and decline of birds, insects and mammals on Fishers
Island is a warning that something is amiss in our environment.
A Fish Friend in time of Need
As the Conservancy prepares to fight the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to
renew dumping in the New London Dump site, help may have come from an
unexpected source. Signs that an endangered species, the Atlantic sturgeon,
have been using the area next to the Naval Sub Base as a feeding ground may
affect plans to demolish 2 piers, and to dredge and dump the probably
contaminated spoil off our shores. The actual fish found is a sub-adult
about 3 feet long.
Sturgeon,an almost prehistoric armor plated fish that can grow to 14 feet,
live in salt water but spawn in fresh water, like in the Connecticut River.
It is possible that the Connecticut River sturgeon use the Thames as a
feeding ground along with about 30 other species that are not endangered.
The Navy will now install a series of electronic receivers to monitor the
area for the presence of tagged fish from the Connecticut River population.
If they are found to be regular visitors to the area, the Endangered Species
Act would kick in. Under the Endangered Species Act, the Navy would not be
allowed to do anything that would harm the sturgeon in its regular activities.
Article provided by Jackie Williamson
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