Some fish, like the river herring called alewives, hatch in a lake or big pond, and when they are a little older, swim down a river and out to the ocean. They return home to their lake when it is time
Some fish, like the river herring called alewives, hatch in a lake or big pond, and when they are a little older, swim down a river and out to the ocean. They return home to their lake when it is time to spawn, but swimming upstream can be an adventure full of danger and challenges. After their long swim home, what will happen if the entrance to the lake is now blocked with a new road or a dam? Can the fish still go home?
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Susan Hand Shetterly has written about wildlife and wildlands for over thirty years. She is the author of the Tilbury House picture book Shelterwood, her most recent book is a memoir titled Settled in the Wild, and she writes for a number of magazines, including Birder’s World, Audubon, Yankee, and Down East. She lives in Surry, Maine, and for fifteen years she held a wild bird rehabilitator’s license. Now she works with land trusts to save habitat and teaches writing workshops.
Rebekah Raye is an artist beloved for her bird and animal paintings and sculpture, but last spring she was busy with two book projects for Tilbury. She was spending her mornings watching the amazing alewife spring migration at a nearby stream in preparation for this book, and at night she was looking for spotted salamanders and frogs and fairy shrimp for her most recent book, The Secret Pool. Rebekah’s warm, expressive work is derived from her affinity with the natural world around her at her studio and home in East Blue Hill, Maine.