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The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Open House

The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center Open House Event


Where: The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center

17 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101

When: Saturday, June 15th, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

— Presentation by Lael Will, VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist 11:00AM - 12:00PM

— World of Owls program 2:00PM - 2:45PM

Cost: FREE!

Join us to discover the Connecticut River Watershed through the unique perspective of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center! Come experience a bird’s eye view of the fish ladder from above, and also experience a fish’s eye view from below by gazing through our large viewing windows that look directly into the flowing water of the fish ladder! Knowledgeable educators will be available to greet visitors and answer questions.

We will be hosting a special presentation by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Biologist, Lael Will. Lael has done work for fisheries across the country and has been working with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department since 2012. Notably, part of Lael’s work focuses on monitoring several migrating fish species that use the fish ladder in Bellows Falls including the American eel. Sea lamprey,  and American shad.

From 11:00AM to 12:00PM, Lael will give a presentation about her work and share her knowledge surrounding migrating fish species Vermont and will be available to answer questions from visitors. In the afternoon join us for a World of Owls program presented by our Senior Environmental Educator Jay DeGregorio from 2:00PM - 2:45PM. This program is geared towards the whole family, young and old! Learn about what makes these often nocturnal raptors so special. From silent flight to night-time sight, these birds of prey who call Vermont home are truly magnificent! Get a chance to check-out some great hands-on owl biofacts and ask Jay all about owls.

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The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitor Center will be open from 10:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, June 15th for a full day of explorations and educational programs. In addition to Annette’s sharing of her knowledge and artifacts, The Nature Museum’s environmental educator, Jay DeGregorio, will be leading an interactive program at 10 AM. Stop by to and enjoy some special programs and exhibits of the Visitor Center, which guide visitors of all ages through the ecology of this amazing river and its habitats. Learn about the fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds who live here. Walk below the water level and watch the water rush past- you may be surprised what you see! Discover the history of the fish ladder, and be sure to meet the newest member of the fish ladder team: Bernie, a full-size, historic diving suit used in the 1970s by technicians at the fish ladder!



Later Event: June 18
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