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Sense of Wonder Award

Katrina introduces a child to fishing. Credit: Sydney West
photo of a fish and wildlife service employee Katrina introduces a child to fishing

Congratulations to Katrina Liebich, Fisheries Outreach Coordinator, Anchorage AK. Katrina has been recognized with the 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sense of Wonder Award. The award is for excellence in interpretation and environmental education. Katrina was recognized for her outstanding coordination and collaboration efforts to connect Alaskans and all Americans to fish and aquatic species conservation programs. She’s continually finding innovative ways to communicate the science of fisheries management with enthusiasm and relevance to her diverse audiences and with great success.

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To see some of Katrina’s creative work, including videos, check out the Fisheries and Habitat Facebook page.



Endangered Colorado River sucker fish are bouncing back after a
25-year, $360 million rescue

Razorback sucker. Photo credit: USFWS
photo of someone holding a Razorback sucker fish

For millions of years, razorback sucker fish thrived in a raging, flood-prone Colorado River and were very abundant. But over the past 50 years, the razorbacks — yellow-bellied with humped, green heads and frenzied, fleshy lips — fell victim to dams, development and voracious nonnative predators that ate them nearly to extinction. Now they’re making a major turnaround, beneficiaries of a 25-year, multi- million dollar government-run rescue.

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Reliable Water Source Ensure Trout Production at Willow Beach

Through a collaborative partnership, the FWS Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery is now equipped with a newly installed floating pipeline. Credit: USFWS.
a photo of a newly installed floating pipeline at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery

A new water intake for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery in Willow Beach, Arizona, has been built and tested in Lake Mohave, and that is good news for anglers and conservationists. With an assured, reliable cold water source, rainbow trout production can restart at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. In partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and others, the FWS anticipates stocking catchable-sized trout for anglers as early as February 2017.

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Last updated: May 12, 2017