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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.

A kid shows off his catch of five trout.

Double days of Fishing at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

June 18, 2018 | 2 minute readChattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches, Georgia, hosted a Seniors’ Fishing Rodeo for adults aged 55 and older on June 1. More than 200 people attended. On June 2, the hatchery hosted a Kids’ Fishing Rodeo for youths aged 16 and under. Six hundred young people came. Both events were free to the public. A senior shows off her catch. Photo by Crystal Thomas, USFWS. Rock Creek was stocked with beautiful rainbow and brook trout each day, with some fish weighing as much as three pounds. Learn more...

A participant shows off his catch. Photo by Crystal Thomas, USFWS.

Two dozen anglers stake out a spot along a rocky creek for a big day of fishing and fun.

Veterans appreciation fishing rodeo

May 31, 2018 | 1 minute readOn Friday, May 4, Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery held its sixth annual Veterans Appreciation Fishing Rodeo. More than 150 U.S. military veterans and family members attended the free event. About 2,800 beautiful Rainbow and some Brook Trout were stocked into Rock Creek for the event including a number of fish each averaging three pounds or more. Veteran Larry Akins with one of the large trout he caught. Photo by Crystal Thomas, USFWS. Learn more...

Anglers arrive early to get their spot on Rock Creek. Photo by Crystal Thomas, USFWS.

Eight employees in USFWS uniform pose for a photograph in front of a slash pine forest.

Okefenokee proud of its employees with many years of loyal service

May 30, 2018 | 3 minute readOkefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has many profound distinctions; but, none as great as the loyalty of its staff. 40 percent of the 20-person staff have more than 20 years of experience at Okefenokee, and all but one of those employees grew up around the Okefenokee Swamp. In fact, 12 refuge employees are from the local area. These staff members are well known in the communities around the refuge and have worked closely with surrounding landowners and local businesses that provide services to the refuge. Learn more...

Front: Brantley Boatright; Ladies (l to r): Sara Aicher, Gracie Gooch, Judy Drury, Dartha Campbell; Men (l to r): Reggie Forcine, Howard McCullough, Rocky Chesser. Photo, USFWS.

A deep black snake coiled up on sandy soil with young longleaf pine seedlings in the background

Snakes in a bag

May 25, 2018 | 8 minute readAndalusia, Alabama — A gaggle of biologists, zookeepers, college students and government officials traipsed through the Deep South longleaf pine forest one recent, gorgeous spring morning carefully clutching white pillowcases. They were looking for holes. More specifically, gopher tortoise burrows into which they could deposit their precious cargo of Eastern indigo snakes, aka “Emperors of the Forest.” Southern Alabama including Conecuh National Forest. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS. The smooth, black, long — longest in North America — indigo snake is listed as federally threatened under the Endangered Species Act and in dire need of propagation and restoration to historical habitats. Learn more...

An Eastern indigo snake on sandy soil associated with the longleaf pine ecosystem. Photo © Houston Chandler, the Orianne Society (Used with permission).

A forrested stream with rocky shores.

The remaking of Raccoon Creek

May 1, 2018 | 7 minute readBraswell, Georgia – A long and unusually cold Southern winter had the anglers itching to pick up rods and hit Raccoon Creek, one of the southernmost trout streams in the country. First, though, duty called. Nearly 50 retirees, teachers, builders, students and wildlife officials shouldered axes, clippers, shovels and chainsaws and gathered at aptly named Trout Stocking Road for a morning spent scouring the creek’s banks. The local Trout Unlimited members cleared trails, trimmed branches and picked up trash, all the while taking mental notes of pools, riffles and unimpeded casting spots. Learn more...

Raccoon Creek. Photo by Brett Albanese, Georgia DNR.

A turtle with a dark shell and orang spots surrounded by fallen leaves

Here, spot!

April 20, 2018 | 8 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers spotted turtles at risk of being listed under the Endangered Species Act; they work with the Orianne Society, as well as other organizations, to learn more about the turtle. Learn more...

The spotted turtle's shell makes it a prize in the pet trade. It is illegal to trap the reptile, whose range extends from Maine to Florida. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.


Two USFWS employees in uniform standing in front of the welcome sign at the hatchery.

Reward offered for Chattahoochee fish kill information

June 6, 2018 | 2 minute readSuches, Georgia — In the early hours of June 4, the main water line to the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery was cut off, killing about 52,000 trout worth $62,000. The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The hatchery’s friends group is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the fish-kill perpetrators. “It’s beyond me why somebody would do this,” said Kelly Taylor, project leader at Chattahoochee. Read the full story...

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches, GA. Photo by USFWS.

A painting of a bird witch a white head and black white and brown feathers along its wings and back.

2018 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp student art competition winners chosen

April 11, 2018 | 4 minute readFor the third year in a row, Rayen Kang, an 18-year-old student at the First Fine Art & Design Studio in Johns Creek has been announced as the winner of the annual 2018 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition held Tuesday, April 10, at the Southeast Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office (Service) in Atlanta. Five judges selected Kang’s acrylic rendition of an emperor goose as the Georgia Best of Show. Read the full story...

Rayen Kang’s acrylic rendition of an emperor goose took home the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show. Painting by Rayen Kang.


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