April 15, 2008 in Keepers Log, More Logbook


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In the morning, I often see a gentleman from town who owns a used books store. The lighthouse trail comprises his daily walk before opening the store. He usually keeps company with his own thoughts, but this morning, he paused on the dock to ask me a question. “Any word on the shad run for this spring?”
I told him that I hadn’t heard anything new or definitive, except that everyone is concerned about the plummeting populations. Shad populations are at historic lows, and prognosis for this spring’s run is dismal. As if to emphasize the importance of the shad to the estuary and to put an exclamation point at the end of our conversation, at that moment an osprey splashed down in the water and came up with a fish flopping in its talons.

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