So as you know from my post a few weeks ago in “It’s Turkey Season! (And more on those anadromous fish)” we have tagged 20 American Shad in the Cape Fear River to see if they will be able to make it up the river through the lock and dam system to their spawning grounds. Well as an update to this we have a pretty cool map that shows the movement of the tagged shad over the past month; you can view it here. As you can see we have named the 20 shad (for fun). Most of the shad are right up against lock and dam #1 but a few of them have ventured down the river toward Wilmington. We will be getting an updated map once a month for the next year so stay tuned to see where the shad go, all bets are on!
I wanted to give you an update to another post from a few months back. In “wiregrass…wiregrass…wiregrass…” I discussed our wiregrass seed collecting and planting efforts and wanted to say that we are now starting to plant some of the seed that we collected. On 4/19 we planted seed that was collected at Holly Shelter Game Land last fall at our Haw Bluff preserve.
The Haw Bluff preserve is located along the Black River in Bladen County. For the past two years we have been working to restore the preserve back to longleaf savanna. Part of this restoration work includes under-planting wiregrass and removing hardwoods.
The restoration is funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Partners for Wildlife grant. The restoration will be ongoing and also includes doing controlled burns, the first of which we are planning to do this summer.