Jones River Herring Count 2022 – Training & Instructions

Log your count:

Log: Brockton Dam at Silver Lake   Log: Soules Pond

It is again time for river herring to make their annual excursion up the Jones River to spawn. This year we will be conducting counts at two sites. The Brockton Dam site is on the main stem of the Jones River. The Soules Pond site is meant to document the herring that travel up Furnace Brook, to eventually spawn at Soules Pond or Sylvia Place Pond.Bryant Mill will not be an official counting station this year as we feel it is better to concentrate our volunteer efforts on fewer sites. We will still be monitoring passage at Sylvia Place Pond or Bryant Mill; please let us know if you notice anything amiss at those sites.

  • We have updated our virtual training session that all volunteers should review.
  • We will continue to use both online forms and a physical log book on-site to recording counting data.
  • When logging data online, please ensure you select the correct form for the site you’ve counted at and input data accurately. It’s crucial that we have daily results to monitor counting needs, so please also be sure to log your findings on the same day you’ve counted.

River herring are important to our ecosystem, and it is partially due to the great data collected through our annual herring counts that we are able to make the case for rehabilitation projects like the Wapping Road and Elm Street dam removals. Thank you to our past, present and future volunteers!