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Mainely Phenology 4/21/18

Producers/Hosts: Hazel Stark and Joe Horn


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While we humans spent the last month shaking off the four Nor’easters that swept across New England week after week, the little silvery smelts were ponderously ascending tidal rivers across the state. By the third week in March, the tiny fish—often only six to twelve inches long—found themselves at the head of the tide in the larger rivers.