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July 18, 2018 | 1 minute read
The 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...
July 18, 2018 | 2 minute read
Wolf 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...
May 31, 2018 | 1 minute read
An increased affection for fly fishing has grown with the popularity of the newly extended Hatchery Creek that flows from Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Last year, Moria Painter partnered with fly fishing experts throughout Kentucky to offer monthly fly fishing workshops on topics ranging from basic rigging and knots to fly tying. These workshops sparked an appetite for fly-fishing with newcomers to the sport from Kentucky and nearby states. Learn more...
May 31, 2018 | 2 minute read
Employees from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in Kentucky met in Louisville, Kentucky, in February for their annual meeting that provides updates about projects throughout the Commonwealth. The meeting allows Kentucky offices an opportunity to highlight their successes from the previous year. The connections formed from the meeting produce year-long interaction and involvement among the offices. Represented at the meeting were the Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, and the Office of Law Enforcement, Port of Louisville. Learn more...
May 31, 2018 | 1 minute read
More than 100 participants gathered at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery on April 14, to experience the third Annual Trout Trot 5K. Even in the rain, these dedicated runners had a great time. Participants came from as far as Florida to join in the hatchery run along picturesque Hatchery Creek. Participants comment that the race course is one of the best in Kentucky. Moria Painter attributes the continued success of this event to many race sponsors including, Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Russell County Health Coalition, Stantec, Ridgewater, Eco Grow, and Sweetlife Natural Food. Learn more...
March 19, 2018 | 8 minute read
Eastport, Mississippi — This stretch of the Tennessee River is considered the most aquatically biodiverse in the nation, teeming with sportfish and at-risk snails and mussels. Locals boast that Pickwick Lake, where Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee come together, is “the smallmouth bass capital of the world.” Catfish and buffalo fill commercial angler’s nets. Marinas lining the reservoir’s roads attest to Pickwick’s huge economic impact. Yet the Tennessee River, and a way of life, is under siege. Learn more...
March 16, 2018 | 1 minute read
On Jan. 27, 2018, I represented Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery at the 13th Annual Kentuckiana Fly Show in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Derby City Fly Fishers, a non-profit organization based in Louisville, hosts the Kentuckiana Fly Show each year, drawing about 400 members of the public. More than 40 exhibitors and vendors participated, including professional fly-fishing guides, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources were available to answer questions concerning regulations. Learn more...
May 18, 2018 | 4 minute read
Jamestown, Kentucky – Lots of exciting things are happening at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! Ranger the Skunk’s First Birthday Party - Saturday, May 19 Our little stinker is turning one! Come on out at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, May 19 to help us celebrate. Grab a complimentary cupcake; create an animal track work-of-art; and watch Ranger play. Gifts and donations welcome, but certainly not required. Wish list items: gently used towels, World’s Best Kitty Litter, cat toys (no catnip please). Read the full story...
April 2, 2018 | 3 minute read
The Cumberland darter is a pencil-sized fish that lives in the Upper Cumberland River Basin in Kentucky and Tennessee. It is endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is releasing a draft recovery plan for the fish. The public is invited to submit comments concerning the draft recovery plan through June 4, 2018. The Cumberland darter lives in pools and shallow runs of streams with sand-covered river bottoms in that basin. Read the full story...
March 20, 2018 | 4 minute read
Horicon, Wisconsin – Today U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts. The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. Download state-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of the Wildlife Restoration Program fund and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund. Read the full story...