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STOCKTON FWO: 2012 Stanislaus County Fair
California-Nevada Offices , July 13, 2012
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The Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office's indoor table-top display.
The Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office's indoor table-top display. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Greg Nelson of the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office talking with a group of Boy Scouts about aqautic habitat and Service activities.
Greg Nelson of the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office talking with a group of Boy Scouts about aqautic habitat and Service activities. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Greg Nelson, Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office

The Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office participated in the 2012 Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, California, which took place from July 13-22. Coordinated in part by the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program, the fair provided an outreach opportunity to foster and strengthen productive collaborations with the public, stakeholders, and peers.

The Stockton FWO provided window displays with program overviews for the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program, the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, and the Aquatic Invasive Species Program. Collectively, the Stockton FWO seeks to be a leader in fisheries monitoring and research, anadromous fish restoration, and management of non-native species in the Bay-Delta and Central Valley. The event provided the public with information regarding fisheries research and management implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to help conserve fish and wildlife species, the Delta and its’ tributaries for years to come.

The fair also provided an opportunity to educate the public and provide fun activities and natural resource information to people of all ages. During a special 3-day kids’ event, Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program staff talked with groups of children and parents about the Service, our programs and provided a hands-on freshwater habitat building activity. The habitat activity allowed the children to visualize what objects belong in a river or wetland habitat and which do not. Props for the activity include: large woody debris, vegetation, bugs, freshwater fish species, and worms, as well as garbage, aluminum cans, fishing line and marine fish species. After learning about healthy aquatic ecosystems, the children were awarded with pencils, carabineers, and coloring books.  Next year we hope to attend the event and provide new activities that highlight the importance of natural resources in the Delta.


Contact Info: Joseph Kirsch, 209-334-2968 ext. 309, joseph_kirsch@fws.gov



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