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Malmstrom holds Kid’s Fishing Day

Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam
341st Missile Wing Public Affairs


Capt. Matthew Haddock, 490th Missile Squadron flight commander, and his son Jonah, prep their fishing pole during Kid’s Fishing Day June 4, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. More than 200 parents and children attended the event at Pow Wow Pond.
(U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)
photo of Capt. Matthew Haddock, 490th Missile Squadron flight commander, and his son Jonah, prep their fishing pole during Kid’s Fishing Day June 4, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont – More than 200 people attended Malmstrom’s annual Kid’s Fishing Day event at Pow Wow Pond June 4.

According to Dr. Elin Pierce, wildlife biologist natural resource manager, people began arriving around 7 a.m. and the event lasted until 2 p.m. “This is an annual event put on for the kids,” Pierce said. “The Fish and Wildlife Service has held kids fishing days to promote an interest in recreational fishing in kids at a young age. ” Pierce said the pond was supplied with about 300 trout and bass totaling nearly 800 pounds of fish. Every child who attended the event received a ticket for a drawing for prizes including fishing poles and tackle boxes, and the first pick of prizes went to the child with the largest fish.

Steve Surls, Outdoor Recreation specialist, said it takes multiple days to set up the event and the planning takes about two months. “We want to reach the base community to let them know there is a pond on base and educate newcomers to fishing,” Surls said. Children and parents were also able to enjoy free refreshments while they were attempting to catch a fish.

Donna Whitmore, 341st Force Support Squadron commercial sponsorship coordinator, said the people who sponsored the event helped make it a success. “People are able to come out whenever they want, but it’s good to come out when food and prizes are provided,” Whitmore said. “We would not be able to do this without our sponsors.”

The event was coordinated with the help from multiple agencies across base including the 341st FSS, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron and Outdoor Recreation.

For more information on volunteering for next year’s Kid’s Fishing Day, contact Outdoor Recreation at 731-3263


Service Honors Barry M. Goldwater Range with Military Conservation Partner Award

Southwest Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle (center) presents the Military Partner Conservation Award to Colonel Ricardo Martinez, commander of the Marine Corp Air Station Yuma (left) and Brigadier General Scott Pleus, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base. Credit: USFWS
photo presenting the Military Conservation Partner Award to Colonel Ricardo Martinez

The Barry M. Goldwater Range in southern Arizona has been honored as the recipient of the Service’s 2016 Military Conservation Partner Award. Working in close collaboration with partners, the managers of the range provide exemplary landscape-level stewardship for diverse and rare natural resources including three federally protected species: Sonoran pronghorn, lesser long-nosed bat and acuña cactus.

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New Mexico Hatchery Enjoys Successful Gila Trout Spawning Season

Photograph Courtesy of USFWS Southwest/Flickr
photo of Gila trout just prior to its release into the Frye Mesa Resevoir.

Gila trout have enjoyed a successful spawning season at New Mexico’s Mora National Fish Hatchery. According to a press release, the federal facility successfully spawned 560 pairs of Gilas in 2016, yielding 122,423 eyed-eggs. Those eggs should result in nearly 80,000 fingerling trout that will be stocked in the fall. Of those, 18,825 will be stocked in Arizona waters, while 52,125 will be placed in New Mexico streams.

Nathan Wiese, hatchery manager at Mora, said that the successful spawning should double the number of trout, as well as the number of stocked waters, from 2015. The bulk of the fish will be placed in streams closed to fishing in order to help boost Gila populations. Per the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Gila trout is one of the rarest trout species in the country. Though the fish is native to a number of river drainages in Arizona and New Mexico, its range was limited to only four streams by the 1950s, and the species was listed as endangered in 1967.

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Saturday, May 21, is World Fish Migration Day!

A day to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.

Migratory fish all over the world depend on free flowing rivers. Currently there are over six million barriers throughout the United States that stop fish from reaching their destinations. Destinations that provide habitat and spawning grounds fish need to survive and reproduce young.

Since the program launched in 1999, the National Fish Passage Program has removed 1,530 fish passage barriers, reopened 21,406 river miles and reconnected 166,751 wetland acres, benefiting over 90 species of fish.

Join the World Fish Migration Day celebration in support of fish migration!

Also visit the Migration Station. It includes educational materials and a fun Flat Fish Migration activity.

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Future Generations of Scientists Raising Future Generations of Salmon in Portland, OR, Public Schools

Photo credit: USFWS
photo of a fish tank that has salmon in the classroom provided by U.S. Fish and Wildllife Service on the front of the tank.

Pacific region Service biologists and local fourth grade teachers working together to instruct elementary school children about the development and life-cycle as well as the importance that salmon play in the ecosystem.

Salmon in the Classroom Program

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Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Hatchery Creek

A dedication took place Friday, April 29. for a project which restores stream and wetland habitat for over one mile from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery , KY, down the valley to the Cumberland River.

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