River herring are migrating up into Horn Pond from mid April to mid June!
River Herring include two species of fish, the Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis) and Alewife (Alosa psuedoharenous), native to the eastern seaboard. These fish are anadromous, meaning they live most of their lives in the ocean and return to freshwater rivers and lakes to spawn (lay eggs). Fueled by a diet of plankton, these slender swimmers travel in large schools. River herring play a crucial role in the freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems they inhabit. They feed a multi-ecosystem food web, connecting resources in the ocean to predators upstream.
An estimated 25,000 river herring successfully migrated into Horn Pond in 2018. The herring will be here soon. Let us know on FaceBook when you see them!!
Learn more about the herring here: https://www.mysticherring.org/