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Columbia FRO Hosts Day with Wildlife
Midwest Region, April 1, 2007
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Columbia FRO Fish Biologist Jennifer Johnson explains the unique attributes of a shovelnose sturgeon to a family during their visit to the Columbia Day with Wildlife.
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Columbia FRO Fish Biologist Jennifer Johnson explains the unique attributes of a shovelnose sturgeon to a family during their visit to the Columbia Day with Wildlife.

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Visitors put together a fish identification puzzle at Columbia Day with Wildlife, April 2007. 
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Visitors put together a fish identification puzzle at Columbia Day with Wildlife, April 2007.

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On April 1, Fishery Biologist Jennifer Johnson and Biological Science Technician Tammy Knecht represented the Columbia Fishery Resources Office at Columbia Missouri’s annual “A Day with Wildlife” celebration.

 

This marks the third year Columbia FRO has participated in the event organized by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Columbia Downtown Optimist Club, and American Legion Post 202.

 

The event featured booths from both government and non-government organizations related to natural resources.

 

Popular activities included archery and marksmanship workshops along with a children’s fishing clinic. This free event provided local residents an opportunity to enjoy a fine spring day and explore the numerous outdoor activities Missouri has to offer.

 

The Columbia FRO used the event as a springboard to promote the goals and current activities of the Fisheries Program.  The Columbia FRO provided shovelnose sturgeon, allowing kids and adults to get up close and personal with this odd looking fish. Staff also presented general life history characteristics of sturgeon and what role they play in the river ecosystem.

 

Those brave enough to handle the sturgeon were rewarded with a sturgeon print tee shirt stating “I hugged a sturgeon from the Big Muddy”.  Successful completion of a fish identification puzzle earned children a sturgeon stress toy, the Service’s “Fishing ABC’s” coloring book or a tattoo.

 

Columbia staff fielded questions from visitors regarding current Station activities such as the Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Project, Habitat Assessment Project and Mitigation efforts along the Missouri River.


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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