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Adventurers Club Learns about the Missouri River
Midwest Region, June 25, 2009
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Adam McDaniel tells kids and faculty alike about the many interesting species of fish that occur in the Missourui River.
Adam McDaniel tells kids and faculty alike about the many interesting species of fish that occur in the Missourui River. - Photo Credit: n/a

Many of the kids couldn’t help but scream out of excitement upon seeing the live fish.  Columbia FWCO’s Brian Elkington, Adam McDaniel and Madeline Pletta were invited to Fairview Elementary in Columbia, MO to teach kids about what we do.  We brought with us a wide array of fish and a common snapping turtle for them to learn about.  Many of the kids there that day had not been fishing and were enthralled by the slimy, squirmy fish as we tried to explain what each one was and how they all co-exist.  We also provided some of the fishing gear we use to sample fish such as gillnets, hoop nets and fyke nets, but it didn’t take long before everyone had found their way to the fish tanks.  The students and faculty were fascinated at how similar a shortnose gar, with a mouth full of teeth, resembles an alligator.  Few kids wanted to hold the gar but a young and feisty smallmouth buffalo provided the group with plenty of excitement.  The kids got to see first hand how a snapping turtle gets its name when Brian fed the turtle some silver carp fillets and it ripped the fillet from his grasp with little effort.  Overall the event proved to be a great success with the Adventurers Club as they have asked us to introduce their students to fishes of the Missouri River again in the future.     


Contact Info: Brian Elkington, (573) 445-5001 ext 25, Brian_Elkington@fws.gov



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