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  • Service uses weevils to control invasive salvinia that threatens Louisiana coast

    September 6, 2018 | 4 minute readGiant salvinia is an invasive floating fern from Brazil that can double its surface acreage in less than one week in optimal conditions. It has been spreading and causing problems in coastal Louisiana since 1989. Once it covers the water’s surface, this floating plant will begin to stack up upon itself, and can extend 12 inches or more above the water surface. Under such conditions, oxygen recharge of underlying waters is greatly reduced. Learn more...

  • Service’s Jon Wessman receives conservation award

    August 3, 2018 | 1 minute readJon Wessman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s farm bill coordinator for Arkansas, , received the 2018 Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award presented by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in July, 2018. Jon Wessman with Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award, presented by Jim Taylor, Treasurer, Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Photo by Tom Edwards, Louisiana Migratory Bird Field Office, USFWS. The award recognizes Wessman’s contributions and commitment to the management, enhancement and restoration of wildlife resources during his 16-year career in Arkansas. Learn more...

  • Dozens of children line up with bows and arrows preparing to shoot at targets down range.

    The longest day of play

    July 18, 2018 | 2 minute readKids love to have fun outside in the summer but sometimes the lure of electronics is more appealing. The Longest Day of Play event at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is designed to spark the imagination of the participants and give them hands-on games and activities to do at home. This event, co-sponsored by the local Russell County Health Coalition and its partners, attracted more than 325 participants from the local community, three summer school groups, and a nursing home summer day camp. Learn more...

    More than 300 kids learned the basics of archery. Photo by USFWS.

  • Three men help unload a 20ft tall pole from a flatbed truck.

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery adds bat habitats

    July 18, 2018 | 1 minute readThe next time you visit Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, you may notice some tall wood poles near the outdoor classroom and Hatchery Creek. In a joint effort with the Service’s field office in Frankfort, Kentucky, and Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, Wolf Creek added two new habitats to attract bats. The artificial habitats consist of 20-foot wooden poles fitted with BrandenBark, an artificial bark designed to mimic a dead standing tree. Learn more...

    Staff members unload the new bat habitat poles. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

  • Hundreds of visitors line a stream with fishing poles

    Wolf Creek hosts 32nd Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby

    July 18, 2018 | 2 minute readWolf Creek National Fish Hatchery hosted its 32nd annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby in Jamestown, Kentucky on June 2. Each year, this event coincides with National Boating and Fishing Week and Free Fishing Weekend in Kentucky, offering residents and non-residents the opportunity to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit. Alexandria Bevans, age 5, proudly shows off her catches. Photo by Ashley Buffington, USFWS Since the derby’s beginning in 1986, it has grown into one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Learn more...

    Children and their families surround Hatchery Creek during the 32nd Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby. Photo of Ashley Buffington, USFWS.

  • A small garden with a few small shrubs and plants surrounded by concrete pavers.

    Warm Springs butterfly garden gets expansion

    July 17, 2018 | 1 minute readWarm Springs National Fish Hatchery in Georgia continues to add to its butterfly garden with the expertise of hatchery manager Carlos Echevarria, who has brought the love of his lifelong hobby to the hatchery garden. With the addition of 83 new plants and 14 different species to the current 32 butterfly milkweeds, the garden will support all types of pollinators and will be a magnificent sight for all to enjoy. This ongoing pollinator restoration program will further help to recover endangered and threatened pollinators such as the the monarch butterfly. Learn more...

    The butterfly garden at Warm Springs NFH. Photo by Alexander Londono, USFWS.

  • Summer youth employment at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    June 26, 2018 | 1 minute readYCC students Hope Barras and Joshua Cumbie assisting Camp Helen State Park in Panama City, FL with maintenance. Photo by USFWS. The Panama City Field Office welcomes two local teenagers, Hope Barras and Joshua Cumbie, who will take part in the 2018 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). This is a federally funded youth employment program facilitated by the Department of Interior. Hope and Joshua both attend Mosley High School and are leaders in the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program. Learn more...

  • Several dozen visitors surround a fast moving stream looking for trout.

    21st annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo a success

    June 19, 2018 | 2 minute readOn June 9, a total of 2,000 nine inch rainbow and 10 large display rainbow trout and brook trout were released in the creek below the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery in Celina, Tennessee, for the 21st annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo. Held in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Rodeo is open to young people 15 and under. Some of the large display fish were caught during the event. Learn more...

    The fishing rodeo drew a large crowd. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS.

  • A dozen plus children smiling while holding their Let’s Go Fishing activity books.

    How to earn the Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing Badge

    June 19, 2018 | 1 minute readOn June 14, 2018, dozens of students visited Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches, Georgia, as part of a local public school summer program. Project Leader Kelly Taylor and Program Assistant Crystal Thomas gave tours through the hatchery building and raceways as they talked with students, teachers, and parents about the life cycle of a trout, hatchery operations, and stocking. Tours included seeing a stocking truck and watching staff members feed fish. Learn more...

    A group of students at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery. Photo by Crystal Thomas, USFWS.

  • Five volunteers sit under an outdoor pavillion for students at the local elementary school.

    Students go wild at school

    June 19, 2018 | 2 minute readStudents at White Oak and D.F. Walker Elementary Schools in Edenton, North Carolina, have not just been reading about wildlife; they’ve been creating homes for wildlife right in their schoolyard. Over the past two years, students, teachers and many volunteers worked together to plant over 1,000 pollinator-friendly plants, enhance a wetland, and construct a trail and seating areas so that students will have their own space to learn outside. It’s called the Sandy Ridge Outdoor Classroom and it’s the students’ new favorite place at school. Learn more...

    Local Ruritan group constructed seating area with donated materials. Photo by Kendall Smith, USFWS.

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