Zoom KELT program: Fish and water temperature

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Discover the important link between fish and the temperature of their river habitats! The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) is delighted to welcome Kirstin Underwood, biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gulf of Maine Coastal Program, to speak about the relationship between healthy freshwater fish populations and the water temperature on Thursday, February 24 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Maine’s most iconic fish species, including eastern brook trout and Atlantic salmon, cannot survive water temperatures above a certain threshold (70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit). The increase in water temperature due to climate change is expected to have dramatic effects on where these species can live. Join KELT to dig deeper into the data and understand how we can better protect the fish species we know and love. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the conference.

The evening virtual lecture will also provide an overview of the Maine Water Temperature Working Group and Interagency Monitoring Effort (MWTWG), which was established in 2014 in response to a growing need to identify and protect waterways with the ability to stay cool when air temperatures rise due to climate change.

Registration is free and mandatory to receive the Zoom link of the presentation. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants upon registration. For more information and to register, visit the KELT website at www.kennebecestuary.org/upcoming-events or call (207) 442-8400.

Kirstin Underwood is a fish and wildlife biologist with the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program in Falmouth, ME. She grew up in rural Maine and was excited to return to her home state after researching Pacific salmon populations for 3.5 years on the West Coast. Kirstin coordinates the activities of the MWTWG in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and works with partners to assess, monitor and restore fish habitat in Maine’s waterways.

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