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Fisheries: Outreach and Education
Buffalo Public Schools Career Fair
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USFWS You Can Make A Difference Career Handout
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Inspiring Future Conservationists at Urban School Career Fair
Northeast Region, February 28, 2015

On Saturday, February 28th, staff from Lower Great Lakes FWCO gave a presentation at the first annual High School College and Career Fair held at McKinley High School in Buffalo, NY. The event was sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council of WNY and the Buffalo Public Schools Career and Technical Education Department for 9-12 grade students and parents from all across the District. There were displays educating attendees about career and college choices, with the Lower Great Lakes FWCO display being one of the only ones representing a biologically-based field. The Lower Great Lakes FWCO offered a slideshow of photos taken of the various careers within the Fish and Wildlife Service, along with informational pamphlets and constant staff input to encourage dialogue between hesitant students and experts in the student’s field of interest. Approximately 250 people attended this event, which was wrapped up by a “stomp show” of the various fraternities and sororities present.

Fisheries: Outreach and Education
Connecting People with Nature
Let's Go Outside logo
Let's Go Outside logo.
Image credit: USFWS

Lower Great Lakes FWCO Engages Students at Heim Middle School Speaker Series
Northeast Region, February 10, 2015

On February 10, more than 50 students, parents, and staff from Heim Middle School and grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 learned about the Service as a potential future career choice. Staff from the Lower Great Lakes FWCO talked about the Service as a national organization with many opportunities across the United States. Local projects including the lake trout and lake sturgeon program, aquatic invasive species, and law enforcement were presented to an engaged and inquisitive audience who had many great questions.

Fisheries: Stewards in Conservation
DOI's Environmental Achievement Awards
Side view of Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center
Side view of Refuge Headquarters/ Visitor Center with solar panels.
Photo credit: USFWS

Department of the Interior Awards Environmental Achievement Honorable Mention
Northeast Region, February 2015

Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center received Honorable Mention in 2014 for the Department of Interior’s Environmental Achievement Awards. The 13,800-square foot Headquarters/Visitor Center at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The building was renovated and expanded to provide appropriate facilities for the co-location of the 20 staff members of the Lower Great Lakes FWCO. Daylighting is available in more than 75 percent of the occupied space and solar power offsets 6 percent of the building’s electricity use. Co-location of the two offices provides ongoing cost savings from sharing equipment, vehicles, and administrative functions.

Fisheries: Outreach and Education
World Fish Migration Day
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Lower Great Lakes Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Office Connects People with Nature Using Flat Fish Activity

World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global event to call attention for open rivers and migratory fish. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Maine Fisheries Office, the LGLFWCO is promoting a Flat Fish Activity.

Here is a fun, quick and easy way for you, your family, your friends and your coworkers to do your part to support our finned friends. We have quick instructions below, or click here for detailed instructions. Learn a little about what makes migration tough!

Download and print a flat fish of your choice (American eel, lake trout, lake sturgeon). You can learn more about each fish by downloading the fact sheet.
Find a nice spot (maybe alongside a river or stream) and snap a photo of yourself holding your flat fish.
Make note of your location (use GPS, street address or detailed description).
Download, print, and sign a photo release form. Make sure you check the "Grant Unrestricted Use of Likeness" box or we won't be able to use your photo.
Email your picture, location and your signed release form to Denise_Clay@fws.gov.
Give us a few days and then look for your picture on our interactive map and in our flat fish gallery.



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Last updated: October 6, 2015
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