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Casting clinic, cleanup, celebration Saturday

Whether you can volunteer for an hour, the day, or just want to check out the events, join Nutmeg TU at the Pequonnock River Fest at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport on World Fish Migration Day, Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We just really want people to see the grounds, the fish ladder, the river and the environment we’re working on, and learn to cast and fish a little.


Nutmeg TU President Rich Rosen outlined events in a letter:

Hi all,

On Saturday April  21, Nutmeg Trout Unlimited and Beardsley Zoo are holding a Pequonnock River Festival in celebration of World Fish Migration Day.

Volunteers are needed to make this day a great success.

At 9:00 am we will meet at Beardsley Zoo’s Hanson Pavilion and fan out from there to start the cleanup. (Tree planters will be starting at 8:00). Hanson Pavilion is inside and to the right of Beardsley Zoo’s parking area.

Nutmeg TU activities include a Pequonnock River Cleanup, Nature Walk/Insect Discovery, Fly Casting Clinic and Fishing. The Zoo’s activities include Tree Planting, Fish Ladder Tours and a Birds of Prey Encounter.We need your help to volunteer. If we have enough volunteers we can add additional kid-friendly activities. If you can volunteer for the day, or part of it, please email me with your contact information and when you can volunteer.

Here is our World Fish Migration Day schedule of activities:

    • 8-10:30 a.m.: Tree Planting: Led by Zoo volunteers (CDC) & GroundWorks Bridgeport.
    • 9-10:30 a.m.: Pequonnock River clean-up: Led by Nutmeg TU
          • Beardsley Park (starting at the island and moving north).
    • 9:30 (or 10), 10:30, 11:30: Tours of Fish Ladder in small groups, led by the Zoo. 
    • 10:30-11:00 AM: Pequonnock River Nature Walk – led by TU
            • Includes Study of River Macroinvertebrates & how they relate to River Health & Fishing
            • (Macroinvertebrates are flatworms, crayfish, snails, clams and insects & more)
    • 11-11:15 AM: Birds of prey Animal Encounter – led by the Zoo.
    • 11:15-12 PM:
      • Fly Casting workshop (or straight to fishing for the experts) – led by TU.
      • Backyard Bass (CDC volunteers)
    • 12-1 PM: Fishing (fishing can continue after 1 but TU volunteers may leave) – led by TU.



If you are interested in volunteering please email me at rhrosen@aol.com and let me know which activity you want to help with.  We also need volunteers to tie some Wooly Buggers for the fishing session.  Wooly Buggers can be brought on the 21st or to our next chapter meeting on April 17th.

This is a day for fun and learning. Bring your spouses and kids and to celebrate and enjoy the Pequonnock River.


Rich Rosen


Nutmeg Trout Unlimited


Cleanup along the Mill River April 12

Knotweed cutting along Congress Street in Fairfield is ahead of schedule after a major turnout Saturday, April 5.

That effort will allow the pickup of trash along the Mill River Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who can volunteer should leave a comment indicating what time on this story.

“Saturday’s cutting of the standing dead Japanese Knotweed stalks was a smashing success,” Nutmeg TU President Chuck Petrucceli said. “With the help of 9 members of the chapter and 4 members of the Beardley Zoo Conservation Corps, all the knotweed stalks were cut down.  There was also some river clean up and several bags of garbage collected. We over achieved.”

Nutmeg members Dave Edgeworth, Bill Field, Phil Jacques, Gary Anderson, Chris Smith and his son Nick, Ed Grzedna, and Chuck MacMath and his son Jeromy, were joined by Thomas J. Altieri, Chavious Hall, Savannah Lewis, and Jamie Castro of the Beardley Zoo Conservation Corps.

“To the youths who joined us Saturday, Jeromy, Chavious, Savannah, and Jamie, it was a pleasure to meet you,” Petruccelli said. “It is good to see you feel strongly enough about conservation to get involved. Now and in the future we need conservationist minded people like you to continue the stewardship of what we preserve, protect and restore today.”

Beardsley Zoo seeking young naturalists

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is looking for high school students who deeply love nature for the Conservation Discovery Corps.

Students who are accepted will have the opportunity to work side by side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation, help educate the zoo’s visitors and more. The program usually includes two or three day-long trips, visits to other zoos and aquariums, etc.

Click HERE to watch a video about the Conservation Discovery Corps.

A one-time processing fee of $65 is assessed for students who are accepted for the grant-supported program.

Applications should be filed as soon as possible. Click HERE for information and to download an application.

Weekend classes start in February; the opportunity for greatest involvement is during the summer.

Zoo’s TIC class releases trout

The Connecticut Post was on hand when the Trout in the Classroom program at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport released trout into the Pequonnock River.

Click here for the story.