I finished my morning family obligations and arrived at the MassWildlife and TU Forum just as it started.
It was simply awesome.
First up, they kindly provided coffee and pastries to the 70+ attendees. More important, there were eight speakers, a mix of agency and TU folks, who addressed some critical topics. Fascinating stuff.
In no particular order, here is what I observed:
- MassWildlife. I really feel that our tax dollars are well-spent. Their speakers were thoughtful and eloquent. They gave up their Saturday morning. Most love the outdoors, and many fish. We all together truly are One Team.
- Adam Kautza is awesome. He spoke about the drought conditions that our fisheries face. We truly are incredibly lucky to have someone like Adam on our blog team. As you may recall, he is the Coldwater Fisheries Biologist for MassWildlife, and he has three degrees in his field, including a Ph.D.
- Climate change. So far, there has been a 30 percent loss in cold water fisheries in the Commonwealth! Droughts are happening every two to three years, and the impact of climate change is accelerating. Prediction: the team forecasts 60 to 90 percent loss of cold water habitats. By 2070 to 2099, Massachusetts’s climate will likely to feel like today’s South Carolina.
- Drought. Last summer’s drought was the worst in recorded history. The impact on the fish? They become confined to small areas and are highly vulnerable to predation and disease. Adam is a member of a Drought Management Task Force that meets monthly and provides water conversation recommendations to the Governor and affected towns.
- Trout Unlimited. I’m really glad to be a dues-paying member of a group working to protect our cold-water fisheries. I didn’t realize the amount of work that is happening on the ground to improve watersheds and buy land at risk. Wow.
A great event!