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A High Tech Quest for the “Forgotten Fish”

By Dan Spencer, USFWS biologist, Lacey WA.

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Pacific Lamprey just want to be loved, is that so wrong?
Extreme Close-up! Pacific Lamprey just want to be loved, is that so wrong?

It’s conservation science, fun facts and the Amazing Race all wrapped up in one smartphone friendly adventure!  The Fisheries Division of the Washington Fish & Wildlife Office (USFWS) has designed and implemented this successful geocaching program aimed to raise awareness of and support for the “forgotten fish.”  Aligned with the USFWS Connecting People With Nature and the DOI Youth Initiatives, this program demonstrates that technology can actually be a useful tool for increasing nature connectivity. 

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It’s National Volunteer Week!

Volunteer, Chris Egbert, served in the U.S. Navy, completing two tours in the Vietnam War. He retired from state government in 2008. Chris now volunteers at the Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Columbia, MO.
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It would be misleading to say that what our 3000+ volunteers do for Fish and Aquatic Conservation is immeasurable.

It's very measurable—they contributed more than 112,000 hours of service nationwide last year at many of our National Fish Hatcheries and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. Those hours are equivalent to 54 full time employees and a value of more than $2,525,600 to our programs.

Volunteers wear many hats, too, from giving guided tours to helping with grounds maintenance. They organize events; work at visitor centers; clean raceways and nets, and culture fish.

So, hats off to the many volunteers who make fisheries conservation their concern.

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Read more about Chris and why he volunteers for FAC


The World of Trout

Brown Trout pair. Photo Credit: Robert Pos/USFWS
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The World of Trout is a seminal event celebrating trout and the passion they inspire around the world. Arguably no other freshwater species have had more impact on art and literature, conservation science, the global economy, and the human condition. This first-of-its-kind event will be held in Bozeman, Montana, July 26 - 31, 2015, in the shadow of Yellowstone National Park and in proximity to some of the most beloved trout streams in the world. This event will bring together a diverse audience that includes conservationists, scientists, anglers, writers, artists, educators, and the public for an exchange of ideas and focused events that explore trout as a global barometer, driver for ecosystem restoration, resource for sustained regional economies, instrument of human culture, and more.

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Last updated: April 29, 2015