Yesterday the streams were high & cold & the worst weather of the season was predicted, so I figured it would be a fine day to go do some field work. FFIM owns & operates 4 stream temperature loggers in 4 downeast streams. These loggers measure the water temp every 15 minutes & store the data - once every year or so we visit these stations, offload the data, process it & upload it to a regional website that displays the data for anyone to view and/or use. There are over 7700 of these stations just in Maine and most of them can be viewed at this site: http://db.ecosheds.org/ FFIM's stations are not viewable by the public, so as not to draw attention to sensitive waters.
As a part of our partnership with the USF&WS, last spring we were given 2 more data loggers (Tidbits), a new field data collector (Shuttle) and upgraded software. This generous gift will allow us to expand the program by 50% and greatly streamline our data management. I have to say that working with the dedicated, professional scientists at the USF&WS, NOAA and the USGS has been nothing but a pleasure - they've always been more than willing to help us out. It's also very interesting to see how much their missions overlap...
Aside from aiding myriad students, scientists, researchers & policy makers, this data can also be utilized by fishermen. For instance, if you want to be fishing a particular stream in the NW corner of Maine at 58*, all you have to do is go to the SHEDS site and look at the data for comparable streams in the area and plan your trip accordingly - that, and if you're a science nerd like me, it's just damn interesting to go in there and peruse the data...
And now for a guessing game based on the 2019 aggregate data for our 4 streams - I'll post the answers later.
1- What is the median date on which our streams reached & stayed at 47*, the optimal brookie spawning temp?
2 - What is the median date on which our streams reached & stayed at 70*?
3 - What is the median date on which our streams reached their highest temps of the year?
4 - What was the highest temp reached by any of our streams?
Good luck & remember that your support of FFIM fund raisers helps us fund projects like this and many other incredibly worthwhile projects - tight lines & Happy Holidays!