May 2 2019

Live Cam Focused on Horn Pond Herring Migration

By: Rich Hosford

Take some time for a quiet and peaceful moment by watching fish migrates into Woburn’s beloved Horn Pond from your home, office or anywhere you can reach the internet.

Woburn’s Engineering Department has set up a live camera focused on the Horn Pond dam spillway to allow people from anywhere to watch the annual herring migration. The fish migrate from mid-April until mid-June.

“River Herring include two species of fish, the Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis) and Alewife (Alosa psuedoharenous), native to the eastern seaboard,” the website for the project states. “These fish are anadromous, meaning they live most of their lives in the ocean and return to freshwater rivers and lakes to spawn (lay eggs).”

The fish play a big role in the ecosystem of the pond and the waterways connected to it.

“Fueled by a diet of plankton, these slender swimmers travel in large schools,” the website reads. “River herring play a crucial role in the freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems they inhabit. They feed a multi-ecosystem food web, connecting resources in the ocean to predators upstream.”

An estimated 25,000 river herring successfully migrated into Horn Pond in 2018.

Click Here to check out the live camera.


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