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A rocky stream bed covered by a canopy of trees.
Information icon Rocks and boulders line the bottom and banks of this stretch of proctor creek. Photo by Katherine Taylor, USFWS.

E-Grits

Where southeast employees get their news

E-Grits covers news, notes, and highlights about the conservation work of our employees across the Service’s 10-state Southeast Region.

  • Service staff stand under a Chattahoochee Forest NFH tent for an event
    Information icon Welcome tent at the Scout event. Photo by Volunteer Scout Leader.

    Chattahoochee Forest NFH (GA) educates scouts about trout fishing

    January 24, 2020 | 1 minute read

    On Nov., 2019, Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery program assistant Crystal Thomas and volunteer Mike Morton staffed a booth about trout fishing during the 2019 Hornaday Weekend-Atlanta Area Council at the Woodruff Scout Camp in North Georgia. Hundreds of scouts from all over the southeastern United States visited the hatchery booth seeking information about trout fishing, ethics and conservation. Some were seasoned at fishing while others were seeking a first-time experience.  Learn more...

  • A vine grows over a small pond covered in algae and fallen shrub branches
    Information icon Okeechobee gourd vines spreading across the landscape at restoration site. Photo by Rob Hopper, South Florida Water Management District.

    Okeechobee gourd thriving at Everglades restoration site

    January 23, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The endangered Okeechobee gourd got a new home and started the new year, and for that matter, the new decade with a bang. Previous efforts to successfully translocate the gourd and establish new populations were relatively unsuccessful, due to issues that included hydrology, predation, and invasive competition. However, in the summer of 2019, several locations within the Sam Jones/Abiaki Prairie Restoration site south of Lake Okeechobee were planted with the gourd, and today they are thriving.  Learn more...

  • Learning about aquatic invertebrates

    January 10, 2020 | 1 minute read

    In November 2019, Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery staff held an aquatic invertebrate diversity lab with four third and fourth grade classes and one gifted and talented class at James B. Edwards Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Learn more...

  • An upland forest edge after mechanical thinning
    Information icon Grand Bay habitat area after mastication. Photo by USFWS.

    Deepwater Horizon settlement Funds help Mississippi coastal habitats

    December 17, 2019 | 2 minute read

    Habitat management activities are well underway on the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management Project.  Learn more...

  • Several dozen children pose for a photo in front of a sign that reads "Eco Conservation Field Day"
    Information icon 4th grade students from Russell Springs Elementary School. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Outdoor Eco Day Success at Wolf Creek NFH

    November 20, 2019 | 2 minute read

    Crisp autumn weather is the perfect setting for a day spent learning about Environmental Education in the great outdoors. For 229 fourth graders from Russell County Elementary schools enjoyed the annual Outdoor Eco Day hosted by Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. on October 25. Students arrived by bus in the early morning hours, departing the bus at the visitor center and traveling by foot to nine different stations located on hatchery grounds.  Learn more...

  • Two participants show off their catch of eight trout on the bank of Hatchery Creek.
    Information icon The couple who fish together, stays together. Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS.

    Smiles abound at Wolf Creek for the 12th annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby

    November 20, 2019 | 1 minute read

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH hosted the 12th Annual Catch a Smile Senior fishing derby on Sept. 24, 2019. Over 190 seniors, age 62 and over enjoyed the fun-filled day. Big fish! Equal even Bigger smiles! Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS. Participants enjoyed a lunch of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and desserts. Each participant took home a door prize, provided by local sponsors, that included camp lights, camp chairs, camp coffee pots, flashlights, fishing gear, and many other items.  Learn more...

  • A small, fuzzy, brown bat baring teeth in the hands of a biologist
    Information icon Northern long-eared bat captured in Bladen County, NC. Photo by Gary Jordan, USFWS.

    Aiding the northern long-eared bat

    November 19, 2019 | 5 minute read

    Bats provide valuable ecosystem services that impact the world’s economy and our lives. They pollinate cash crops and forests, disperse seeds, produce fertilizer and control pests by devouring insects. Many bat species are in decline, however, due to habitat loss and disease, especially white-nose syndrome (WNS). The Service has been working with partners promoting conservation, research and innovation to fight back at the national level. In the eastern half of the U.  Learn more...

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