Report your turtle sighting

The Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) is an organization dedicated to bringing together people interested in advancing their knowledge of Virginia’s reptiles and amphibians. The VHS educates on identification, conservation, captive care, and other services and...

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Snakehead numbers appear to be growing in Rappahannock

Dozens were legally killed in Fredericksburg area this spring   LATEST UPDATE: 6/9/17 Snakehead fish caught in Lake Anna. Full story here. Standing on top of a concrete dam at Ficklen Island in downtown Fredericksburg, the archer drew back his bow, took aim, and...

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Get to know the unique—and valuable—American eel

American eels are bizarre fish with unique migration patterns. Every October, sexually mature individuals migrate to their natal waters of the Sargasso Sea to breed, where they then die. The Sargasso Sea is the warm center of the North Atlantic gyre system,...

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Peregrines continue Rappahannock rebound

By Maggie Magliato, FOR Biology Intern After spending 29 years on the Federal Endangered Species list, the "World's Fastest Birds" have returned in adequate numbers across most of the United States. However, they are still listed as threatened in Virginia, and as of...

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Meddlin’ for mussels in the Carter’s Run watershed

Perhaps you have heard of “noodlin’” for catfish, but you’ve probably never heard of “meddlin’” for mussels. That’s because Galon Hall, biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), coined the phrase during a field visit to Fauquier County. The...

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Rapidan River is many things to many people

Most readers of this newsletter are pretty familiar with the Rappahannock River. But to really know the Rappahannock, it is important to also understand its largest tributary, the Rapidan. Like the Rappahannock and the other major rivers of central Virginia, the...

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Oysters: hope on the half-shell for a restored fishery

So, what does it take to grow an oyster that restores a river, revitalizes an economy and reinvents a culture? Simply put, it takes a healthy watershed. Like grapes, oysters are known to take on the flavor of the regions they are produced in, with each region offering...

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Canoe Launch Improves River Access, Reduces Bank Erosion

Written by: Chloe Sikora FOR Intern and Student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Seven volunteers huddled underneath a tarp shielding them from pouring rain. Without complaint, they picked up their shovels and finished digging the last three...

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The Confluence

Welcome to the confluence, where the Rapidan and the Rappahannock rivers meet. Due to ongoing private property concerns, the access to the City of Fredericksburg's watershed property at the Confluence of the Rappahannock and Rapidan River's is closed and inaccessible....

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How do I check water levels?

FOR uses the USGS Water Data site for real-time information on water levels on the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers. Go here to see the latest data on water levels. The recommended level for safe recreational use is below 3.5 ft at the Rappahannock River gauge near Fredericksburg.

Is the fish safe to eat?

Yes, for the most part. There are certain recommendations. More detail here.