Keeping count

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Shawn Edwards of Cranston, a URI senior enrolled in wildlife natural resource science studies, is one of a score of volunteers keeping a count of alewives and herring (Buckeyes) making the annual spawning run in Buckeye Brook to Warwick Pond. Counters watch the brook for 10 minutes, recording the number of fish that pass over a white strip in the brook bed. They also record the water temperature and height. This year’s run appears to be stronger than last year, reports Paul Earnshaw of the Buckeye Brook Coalition that coordinates the count. On April 12, Earnshaw counted 136 fish. Edwards counted nine fish during his 10-minutes on Monday. Last year’s count was about 8,000 as compared to 94,000 two years ago. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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