While Mommy learned some yoga teaching skills, Reid, Tim and Liam went to Hirundo Wildlife Reserve for their family day. Wow. We'll certainly be headed back. We took out a big war canoe with a couple of other families and our extremely informed and kind guide Bucky Owen. We saw painted turtles, damsel flies, pond lillies, king fishers, a great blue heron, pilleated woodpeckers, the list goes on. It was a gorgeous day.
Oh, and the war canoes are are awesome. Note how everyone is on one side, and yet no one fell in the drink!
A purse seine in action. This is one form of active fishing gear. We also saw a fyke net, which is basically a net funnel.
the catch, including a crayfish.
about half of what we caught was exotic, albeit not necessarily recently.
The second active gear type was the electro-fishing boat. What a rig, and a dangerous one at that.
They caught a lot more large fish with the electro-fishing boat.
We waited for the catch. As we waited for the electro-fishing boat to finish, we took a stroll down an interpretive trail. Reid took notes:
We visited a 7000 year old native fishing village site. This is the view.
Somehow, I fell in love with this ancient place, even though we only visited for about 2 minutes, because Reid wanted to get back to his electric car.'
We didn't get to hear Steve (Coglan, UMaine Wildlife prof) or Rory (similarly expert) explain the fish types, but I believe this was a native catfish of some variety.
Reid, fish. Fish, Reid.
Hide and Seek before heading home for naps: