BY SHAWN SANDERS, IRON RIVER NFH
Nicholas Starzl has been selected as the Project Leader at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery (NFH), effective August 24, 2014.
Nick completed his formal education at the University of South Dakota and has been doing outstanding work in the National Fish Hatchery System since 1995. Nick brings a wealth of experience from a number of National Fish Hatcheries, across many types of species.
Nick began as a volunteer and later a Biological -Technician in his hometown of Yankton, South Dakota in 1996, where he assisted in paddlefish and endangered pallid sturgeon culture at the Gavins Point NFH. He made his first Midwest Region appearance in 2000 at the Neosho NFH in Missouri, learning the tricks of the trade for two years rearing rainbow trout and lake sturgeon. At Genoa NFH in Wisconsin, he was responsible for creating an efficient record-keeping system for the operation of culturing many cold, cool, and warm water species while assisting in mussel culture propagation. Nick was eventually promoted to Lead Biologist. He became the Assistant Project Leader at Iron River NFH in 2010 and has been serving as the Acting Project Leader there since May, 2014.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending most of his time with his family, woodworking, and deer hunting in the fall. Please join us in congratulating Nick in his new official role.
BY ANDREW BRIGGS, ALPENA FWCO-WATERFORD, MI SUBSTATION
Fish biologist Andrew Briggs of the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) – Waterford Substation joined staff of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at the General Motors (GM) Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan on August 5th to educate the public on various environmental topics. The event was part of a series called “Lunchtime with the Department of Natural Resources” that has occurred twice a week this summer at the GM Renaissance Center. Members of the public were given the opportunity to learn about subjects being presented and ask questions about environmental topics of their choice.
The topic of this week’s events was endangered species, with August 5th being about the Great Lakes’ living fossil the lake sturgeon. Andrew brought with him a live, juvenile lake sturgeon, literature to hand out, along with some of the equipment biologists use to monitor lake sturgeon. Business men and women on their lunch break and tourists from all over the country were among the over 200 people educated. Upon seeing a photo of a 74 inch, 120 pound lake sturgeon, people could not believe that a fish that big resides in the river directly across the street. Many even questioned that the fish in the photo was the same species as the juvenile in the fish tank next to them.