GRAY — Maine Wildlife Park will host a presentation about the Maine Endangered Atlantic Salmon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on Route 26.
Ed Steenstra from the Craigbrook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland will be on hand with exhibits and displays about the history of the Atlantic Salmon and the work the USFWS Hatchery is doing to raise and release these endangered fish in seven native rivers statewide.
Kids might like to try to navigate a salmon migration course to experience what the complex life cycle of a salmon is like and learn how the fish migrate, finding their way between Maine and Greenland to their feeding grounds and home again to spawn, using only their sense of smell, a 1,500-mile trip.
The Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery was established in 1889 to raise and stock juvenile Atlantic salmon for Maine waters. Craig Brook currently supports seven river specific brood stocks of Atlantic salmon and is open to the public. It features a Visitor Center, an Atlantic Salmon Heritage Museum, and Nature Trails.
The Maine Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Visitors can enter the park daily through Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and may stay until 6 p.m.
Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and younger, $5.50 ages 4 to 12; $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Family and Community Season Passes are available.
FMI: 207-657-4977, www.mainewildlifepark.com, www.mefishwildlife.com, https://www.facebook.com/mainewildlifepark?fref=ts, www.fws.gov/northeast/craigbrook/index.html.