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Katrina introduces a child to fishing.
Credit: Sydney West
Katrina introduces a child to fishing. Credit: Sydney West

Fish -- and Unexpected Moments of Excitement -- Inspire Katrina Mueller

Katrina Mueller serves as Fisheries Outreach Coordinator in Alaska. This means working with Field Offices and recognized Fish Habitat Partnerships to tell the public what is being done to conserve fish and their habitats. The breadth of projects and amount of media now available to tell these stories keep her on her toes. She also co-chairs the Alaska Region’s Connecting People with Nature Team and serves on the Polar Bear Recovery Team’s Communication Working Group. She and her family spend most of their free time hunting and fishing and enjoying Alaska's out-of-doors.

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Outsmarting My Disability: From Struggling Student to Conservation Educator

By Dan Spencer/USFWS

 

I had a love of the outdoors, especially fishing, from an early age.

Photo: I had a love of the outdoors, especially fishing, from an early age.

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” To gear up for this month, USFWS biologist Dan Spencer, shares how struggling with his disability brought him to where he is today. Talk about empowerment! 

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Meet Your Fish and Wildlife Service: Connie Keeler-Foster

Connie often goes out scouting for game
with her mule.
Connie often goes out scouting for game with her mule.

Connie Keeler-Foster is the Project Leader for Ennis National Fish Hatchery in Montana, and for the past year and a half, she has also served as the Acting Project Leader for the Bozeman Fish Health Center. Our day starts at 6:30, and the routine appeals to her – they feed the fish, clean up after the fish, spawn the fish and care for the eggs and young fish. Essentially, she says, “I am a farmer/rancher at heart, it’s just fish not cows or crops.”

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National Hunting and Fish Day 2014
Fishing and Hunting: Aesthetic Exercises

An Angler fixes a fly. Craig Springer/USFWS
An angler fixes a fly

Few hunters and anglers in our contemporary society go afield strictly to put food in the freezer. People hunt and fish for the aesthetic ritual and the kernel of ritual is spiritual experience. “The duck hunter in his blind and the operatic singer on the stage, despite the disparity of their accouterments, are doing the same thing,” said the father of modern wildlife management, Aldo Leopold. He reduced the reasons for this odd comparison. “Each is reviving, in play, a drama formerly inherent in daily life. Both are, in the last analysis, aesthetic exercises.”

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Seeing the Mind of God, One Mathematical Model at a Time

By Melanie Dabovich

Michael Hoff, Aquatic Invasive Species Program
Coordinator and Fish Biologist with U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. Karla Bartelt/USFWS
Michael Hoff, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator and Fish Biologist with

We’ve all heard the phrase “Just do the math.” For Michael Hoff, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator and Fish Biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he not only did the math, but mastered the subject. He has used it to formulate complex modeling of population dynamics of fishes and birds and in describing ecosystem structure and function.

Yet Hoff, whose scientific findings and accomplishments are rivaled only by his modesty, says the secret to his success is simply that he “gets some things [in mathematics] that few people get.”

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Last updated: October 21, 2014