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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Historic Agreement

Photo Credit: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
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Leading African American sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) have signed a historic memorandum of understanding in Washington, D.C., to work cooperatively to engage urban youth in outdoor recreation, biological sciences and healthful activity in nature.

The five-year agreement follows last year’s signing of a similar MOU between the Service and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the brother organization of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Steve Guertin, deputy director of the Service, and Mary Breaux Wright, international president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, attended the signing ceremony during Zeta Leadership Training, which brought more than 900 sorority leaders to Washington.

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Happy 100 Years Saratoga National Fish Hatchery!

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The Saratoga National Fish Hatchery in Saratoga, Wyoming is celebrating its 100th year of operation this year. Festivities will take place July 3 – 5.
The hatchery’s role of egg production has remained throughout most of its history. Fish species produced include various strains of trout (brook, rainbow, brown, golden, cutthroat, lake trout and Dolly Varden (Arctic char), as well as kokanee salmon. 
A current major mission of the hatchery is to produce lake trout eggs in an effort to restore that species to the Great Lakes and producing Yellowstone cutthroat trout for stocking in waters of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The hatchery also raises the endangered Wyoming toad.

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3,300 pallid sturgeon tagged in effort to save species

A joint venture of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Project.
A joint venture of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Project.

In an annual effort to help save the endangered pallid sturgeon, 13 fish biologists recently tagged more than 3,000 pallid sturgeon at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri, to prepare them for release into the Missouri River. A database holds the specific serial number for each fish. Neosho says tagging will provide a great deal of information about pallid sturgeon movements and growth when caught later in life.

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Summer Fishing Fun in Kansas City!

The 10th annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby hosted by Urban
American Outdoors in Kansas City, Missouri.
Photo by Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS.
The 10th annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby hosted by Urban American Outdoors in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS.

The morning sun was out and the temperature creeping from warm to hot as more than 200 children and their families arrived at Spring Valley Park in Kansas City, Missouri ready for some summer fishing fun. Hosted by Urban American Outdoors and Kansas City Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was on-hand to assist. Staff from Neosho National Fish Hatchery and members of their friends group were a pivotal part of the day, stocking the pond with channel catfish from Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma and bringing dozens of fishing rods and boxes of bait to share with participants.

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Bringing Back a Beauty

Hine’s emerald dragonfly. Photo by USFWS
Hine’s emerald dragonfly. Photo by USFWS

The Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin provides more than 30 million fish, eggs and mussels of more than 26 species to meet conservation and research needs all across the country, from New Mexico to Georgia. And now the hatchery is raising the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly, the only dragonfly on the Endangered Species list.

Dragonflies play an important role in nature. They catch and eat small flying insects, including mosquitoes, biting flies and gnats. In their immature stage (larvae), dragonflies are an important food source for larger aquatic animals such as fish. They also serve as excellent water quality watchdogs.

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Last updated: August 3, 2015