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Journalism Student Joins Columbia FRO as Volunteer Photographer
Midwest Region, January 30, 2007
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Volunteer photographer Ashley Berkler of the Columbia Fishery Resources Office. 
- FWS photo by Chris Clemens
Volunteer photographer Ashley Berkler of the Columbia Fishery Resources Office.

- FWS photo by Chris Clemens

- Photo Credit: n/a

Columbia FRO welcomes Ashley Berkler, volunteer photographer, to the team. Berkler is an Iowa native working on a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UM-C).

Prior to volunteering with Columbia FRO, she worked for Maquoketa Caves State Park near Belleview, Iowa. There she developed a Junior Cave Explorers program for the park, conducted cave tours of the parks’ 14 caves, and led campground programs.

Berkler has been eager to spend time in the field with our crews. She’s photographed biologists sampling on the Missouri River for the Mitigation program and instructing an UM-C Fisheries class. 

Her main task at Columbia FRO has been the development of a deck of playing cards featuring fish species of the Missouri River. She is also working on fish information posters for Bass Pro Shops. Ashley will be tackling our web page next.

Staff wanted to help others get to know Berkler so they asked a her a few questions:


Q: Why did you choose to volunteer with us? Why are you here instead of volunteering at the public library or Meals on Wheels?

A: I would like to work with the National Park Service as an interpreter after I graduate. My supervisor at the Iowa DNR recommended that I volunteer with a federal agency.


Q:  How did you discover the Fish & Wildlife Service as a volunteer opportunity?

A: I found your posting for a volunteer photographer at volunteer.gov.


Q: What do you want other people considering volunteering to know?

A: It’s fun. The people are nice and I’ve learned a lot.


Q: What other activities are you participating in?

A: I edit video for the Tuesday 10 pm news at KOMU. I also occasionally anchor the local morning updates which air during the TODAY show.


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
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