Prior to attending the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association’s HERYN (Helping Engage our River’s Youth with Nature) program day on June 22, 12-year-old Liya Shimony, of Lewisburg, had never caught a fish and only paddled a kayak three times.
“I learned how to paddle more efficiently, turn around on a kayak and how to fish,” she said after the seven-hour program day in which she caught 13 fish and built her kayaking confidence to a point where she tackled several late-afternoon competitions. “I really enjoyed the fun games that we played on the kayaks, catching fish and cooking the fish.”
Matt Wilson helps connect students at Susquehanna University with on-the-water research projects and also works with local conservation groups on streambank stabilization projects.
In our most recent episode of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Podcast, Wilson talks about some of the research he is involved with, the importance of streambank stabilization, why erosion and sedimentation is so bad, some misconceptions worth revisiting and what sparked him to get involved with our water-based resources.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.