Fisheries Slide Show Feature
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Meet Our Volunteers: Pete and Eva Fielding

by Sydney Melson, Student Intern, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pete and Eva Fielding grew up next to a fish hatchery in Orting Washington, a small town of about 800 people roughly 20 miles from Tacoma. In high school Pete played basketball and was on the football team; Eva played basketball. Eva first became aware of Pete her junior year when he started dating her friend.

In those early days, neither of them would have imagined that they'd celebrate 55 years of marriage, have four children (three of whom are still living), seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Pete worked for the National Park Service for over 36 years before retiring. Eva initially took care of the children, as they grew older she became a school teacher after that, she worked in professional alterations. After retiring Pete volunteered at Oregon State Parks in eastern Oregon near the Snake River.

They both enjoy traveling together in their RV, and spent nine years traveling the country full time, including a three month stint in Alaska. Yet every summer for four years they found themselves returning to Quilcene National Fish Hatchery, they stressed the fact that the hatchery staff was so welcoming and polite. "Everyone was so nice so we kept coming [back]!" described Eva, the sincerity in her voice was clear. The Hatchery staff's politeness became a reoccurring theme in the conversation, when asked what draws visitors to the hatchery they answered the genuine niceness of the hatchery staff. Eva mentioned that they were able to stay on hatchery grounds in their RV, aside from their permanent residence in Grande, Arizona.

Over the years Pete and Eva worked on a variety of different projects at the Hatchery. This including striping and repainting the handicapped section in the parking lot, assisting with the facility's inventory, helping rewrite and improve the safety fact book, mowing the lawn, and planting plants by the Quilcene National Fish Hatchery entrance sign, making it aesthetically pleasing for visitors.

Pete and Eva used their enjoyment of people and communication skills to lead Hatchery tours, after which they consistently received positive reviews which serves as gratification for them both.

So what's next for Pete and Eva?

Possibly some traveling, though their kids would prefer they settle down. "Well depending on our health and gas prices, [eventually] we'll decide." smiles Eva. Although this is the last summer Pete and Eva will volunteer at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery their service will always be remembered and appreciated.

Best of luck to Pete and Eva!


Last updated: August 18, 2011

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