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The Traveling Sturgeon Show
Midwest Region, April 2, 2009
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Patty Herman expalins the physics of trawling to some curious children.  Photo by Colby Wrasse
Patty Herman expalins the physics of trawling to some curious children. Photo by Colby Wrasse - Photo Credit: n/a
A group of children gather around to learn about shovelnose sturgeon at the 2009 Tons of Trucks event.  Photo by Colby Wrasse
A group of children gather around to learn about shovelnose sturgeon at the 2009 Tons of Trucks event. Photo by Colby Wrasse - Photo Credit: n/a
Andy Plauck explains the finer points of the shovelnose sturgeon to an interested family.  Photo by Colby Wrasse
Andy Plauck explains the finer points of the shovelnose sturgeon to an interested family. Photo by Colby Wrasse - Photo Credit: n/a

On the surface a fish biologist, fireman, and heavy equipment operator don’t seem to have much in common, but on a cool, rainy April night they joined forces for a common goal – to educate and inspire.  The occasion was Tons of Trucks, an annual event held in Columbia, Missouri.  This family oriented event gathers large trucks for the community to view and learn about.  Beyond teaching children and parents about trucks, it also gives them a glimpse into the careers of the men and women who drive those trucks.

 

Although the event is called Tons of Trucks, there was one large boat on display as well.  We brought our 26-foot trawl boat for the children to experience, along with some really cool Missouri River fish.  For some children the massive boat was a little intimidating at first, but once they climbed aboard those fears subsided as they took pleasure in honking the horn and pretending to drive the boat.  As usual the live fish stole the show.  Hundreds of interested on-lookers, young and old alike, stopped by to witness the unusual looking shovelnose sturgeon.  Some brave children even had the opportunity to touch and hold these prehistoric fish.

 

Columbia NFWCO was well represented at this year’s Tons of Trucks, with Andy Plauck, Patty Herman, Cliff Wilson, Chris Mcleland, and Colby Wrasse all taking part.  Despite the cold rainy weather, the event still had hundreds of participants who hopefully learned a lot about Missouri River fish and the Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission.        

 

Tons of Trucks is the brainchild of Columbia Parks & Recreation and Parents as Teachers.  The event is part of their ongoing effort to get families outside while teaching young children through direct experience.  This was the second year Columbia NFWCO participated in Tons of Trucks.  Events such as this give us a great opportunity to spread our message while educating the community.  


Contact Info: Colby Wrasse, 573-234-2132 x30, colby_wrasse@fws.gov



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