BY BETSY GALBRAITH, GREEN BAY FWCO
Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) Fisheries biologist Ted Treska and Ecological Services biologist Betsy Galbraith staffed and organized a booth at the College of Natural Resources annual job fair at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point on February 19, 2015. The job fair drew over 200 students interested in natural resources jobs and internships and provided opportunities for those students to meet and talk to over 55 potential employers who were at the job fair. Betsy and Ted answered questions about potential career opportunities with the Service including the Pathways and Directorate Fellowship Programs, summer technician positions, and the possibility of full time employment after graduation. Region 3 Human Resources provided outreach materials and arranged a display booth for the event. Green Bay Field Office Special Agent Steve Stoinski also provided eye-catching wildlife displays. Here’s to hoping to run into some of those eager students down the road in their professional careers!
BY DOUG ALOISI, GENOA NFH
After an eventful winter, the Kalamazoo River Streamside Rearing Facility is now deployed at its Allegan, Michigan riverside location ready to receive lake sturgeon eggs and fry. This winter the trailer was put through its paces deployed as a holding station in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWCO) office garage. Lake Michigan water was recycled through its systems in an attempt to hold a rare deepwater cisco in efforts to allow the small whitefish to mature and successfully spawn.
Then the trailer came back to Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) to receive some much needed renovations. This was also a great opportunity for the 2015 trailer staff to really get a grasp of trailer systems and capabilities before the 2015 lake sturgeon production season. The trailer was then hauled over to Michigan and set up streamside and field tested.
Lake sturgeon have begun their spawning migration up the river, indicated by radio tagged fish being detected at various upstream locations. This indicates that within a matter of days adult lake sturgeon weighing as much as 150 pounds will be gathered at the spawning grounds. Egg traps will be set at the site, with the eggs being gathered and brought into the trailer for rearing. Lake sturgeon will be reared from eggs to 8 inches and released in early fall, so they can complete their migration back to Lake Michigan. There they will eat and grow for 16 to 22 years, when they will be old enough to make the return trip up the Kalamazoo River to reproduce.
The project has successfully reared three year classes of juvenile lake sturgeon, and strives to ensure that every year class produced can be represented in future spawning runs to perpetuate this river-specific population of lake sturgeon. This cooperative effort is made possible due to the help of our partners, the Michigan DNR, Green Bay FWCO, the Gun Lake Tribe, Allegan County Parks Department and Kalamazoo Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow.