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Fisheries Biologists Educate Families in Chelsea, Michigan

Region 3, June 1, 2013
Fisheries biologist Andrew Briggs shows a family a live juvenile lake sturgeon at the 2nd Annual Julie A. Wyckoff Memorial Greenwing Day, in Chelsea, Michigan.
Fisheries biologist Andrew Briggs shows a family a live juvenile lake sturgeon at the 2nd Annual Julie A. Wyckoff Memorial Greenwing Day, in Chelsea, Michigan. - Photo Credit: n/a

Fisheries biologists Andrew Briggs and Justin Chiotti of the Alpena Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Office - Waterford Substation attended the 2nd Annual Julie A. Wyckoff Memorial Greenwing Day in Chelsea, Michigan. The event was held on June 1st at the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center. Attendees were offered the opportunity to partake in a variety of educational activities, including duck and goose calling demonstrations, archery, dog demonstrations, field first aid, and biology and habitat exhibits.

 

Andrew and Justin educated the roughly 50 attendees on lake sturgeon biology, life history, and habitat restoration projects, and aquatic invasive species found in the Great Lakes region. Numerous visual aids, including bighead and silver carp mounts, equipment used to monitor lake sturgeon populations, and live juvenile lake sturgeon, assisted in teaching the attendees. Children especially enjoyed the opportunity to view and touch the live lake sturgeon, along with taking home free U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service temporary tattoos. Many adults took home some literature on how to identify aquatic invasive species.

The Julie A. Wyckoff Memorial Greenwing Day allows the Service to partner with many organizations supporting this event. These partners included the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, General Motors, 4H, Ducks Unlimited, the Washtenaw-Lenawee chapter of the American Red Cross, and Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan Trappers and Predator Hunting Association, Zink Calls, Schupach’s Sporting Goods, Shotgun Kennels. Along with being able to team up in support of this event, the partner organizations were able to educate each other in their various fields of expertise. For example, Andrew and Justin were able to learn about different types of mammal traps and how to identify animals based on their droppings.

Events like the Julie A. Wyckoff Memorial Greenwing Day are important to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Program of the Service as it allows for the building and maintaining of partnerships. Also, it allows the Service to educate the public about aspects of nature that they otherwise would not be familiar with, hopefully inspiring an appreciation for the environment.

Contact Info: Andrew Briggs, 2488721979, andrew_briggs@fws.gov