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Volunteers Deserve Thanks
Midwest Region, July 1, 2010
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Volunteers John Horton (MoDNR) and Chris Egbert (Master Naturalist) pose with pallid sturgeon captured at the mouth of the Osage River. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) 
Volunteers John Horton (MoDNR) and Chris Egbert (Master Naturalist) pose with pallid sturgeon captured at the mouth of the Osage River. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)  - Photo Credit: n/a
Volunteers and staff fill their plates with tasty vittles. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Volunteers and staff fill their plates with tasty vittles. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

For several weeks this spring the Columbia FWCO office was a beehive of activity. Between our standard sampling, broodstock collection efforts and hosting the Wonders of Wildlife school - our staff was working night and day!  We needed some help.  Over 30 dedicated souls from local organizations, universities and other agencies volunteered to help us on the river and in the shop.

Another dozen or so volunteers from local conservation organizations and student clubs assisted with the WOW school. To recognize the hard work, countless hours, blood, and sweat (but no tears) of our fantastic volunteers, Columbia FWCO held a fish fry and pot luck dinner at Cosmo-Bethel City Park. This was a great opportunity to relax, play, tell a few river tales and eat some really good food. Our volunteers were individually recognized and were awarded a “pallid coin” and a t-shirt commemorating the spring events.

The event was bittersweet, however, as we bid adieu to a couple of our co-workers. After five years with us, Cliff Wilson had an opportunity to continue his work with the pallid sturgeon and to move his family back to their hometown. He accepted a position with Missouri Department of Conservation at the Missouri River Field Station in Chillicothe, MO. Luckily, we will still get to see Cliff at meetings and trainings and perhaps even on the river. Josh Schloesser also got an opportunity to “go home” to Wisconsin where he is doing a detail with Ashland FWCO. Both were also coined and clad with a commemorative t-shirt at the party.


Contact Info: Patricia Herman, 573-234-2132 x170, Patricia_Herman@fws.gov



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