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  • A hand holding eight endangered Cumberland bean mussels.
    Information icon Cumberlandian combshell mussels. Photo by USFWS.

    2017 mussel harvest in Kentucky is a success

    January 30, 2018 | 1 minute read

    Expectations were high on Nov. 15, 2017, when personnel from the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Center for Mollusk Conservation anxiously harvested 15 cages that had been suspended in Lake Cumberland earlier in the spring. Each cage contained infested host fish and substrate suitable for juvenile mussels when transformation was complete. The hard work and the long wait were rewarded as the cages were lifted after almost six months in the lake and the counting began.  Learn more...

  • A group of participants poses for a photo in front of the visitor’s center
    Information icon Outdoor Eco Day partners gather at the end of a rewarding day. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    STEM enrichment for fourth graders at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

    November 30, 2017 | 2 minute read

    What could be better than a beautiful, crisp, sunny October day spent at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery enjoying hands-on science fun? On Friday, Oct. 27, a 10-year tradition continued when more than 230 Russell County fourth graders spent the day immersing in nine exciting STEM stations at the annual Outdoor Eco Day hosted by Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Russell County Soil Conservation District.  Learn more...

  • Wolf Creek receives recognition for work with local children

    November 30, 2017 | 1 minute read

    On Oct. 23, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery staff members and volunteers from Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery attended the monthly Russell County Board of Education meeting for a special recognition ceremony. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Wolf Creek’s Reaching for Rainbows fishing derby for local children with moderate to severe physical and intellectual disabilities. Ashley Buffington accepts a commemorative plaque presented by Russell County School District Superintendent Michael Ford, and students, Tina Thomas and Matthew Pickett.  Learn more...

  • A group of students gathers around an instructor on the bank of a creek.
    Information icon Participants watch as instructor shows how to trace the fly in the current. Photo by Ashley Buffington, USFWS.

    Wolf Creek offers fly-fishing clinics

    October 25, 2017 | 2 minute read

    On the second Saturday of each month, Kentucky’s Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery hosts a fly-fishing clinic that addresses an aspect of fly-fishing. In October, Rob Worthing of Tenkara Guides gave a presentation on the tenkara technique. Tenkara is an ancient Japanese fly-fishing method involving a rod, line, and single fly. The class provided hands-on instruction, with 15 participants learning how to rig, cast, catch and land fish with fixed line rods.  Learn more...

  • A child holding a rod looks on with amazement.
    Information icon A child reels in his catch as his friend cheers him on. Photo by Ashley Buffington, USFWS.

    Reaching for Rainbows fishing derbies

    October 12, 2017 | 1 minute read

    On Sept. 27- 28, 2017, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Kentucky hosted its annual Reaching for Rainbows Special Needs Kids’ Fishing Derbies for four local county school districts. These annual events were established to allow children with moderate to severe developmental and intellectual challenges the opportunity to connect with nature. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event’s beginnings with Russell and Clinton County school districts, and the third anniversary for Adair and Cumberland county school districts.  Learn more...

  • A senior holding a fishing pole with a wide smile.
    Information icon A participant in the 10th annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby shows off his catch and his smile. Photo by Ashley Buffington USFWS.

    Catch a Smile Fishing Derby

    October 11, 2017 | 1 minute read

    On September 26, 2017, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Kentucky hosted its annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby, inviting anyone 62 years or older to participate. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event, which was established to promote outdoor activity and connect senior citizens with nature. More than 130 seniors joined in on the fun – fishing at Hatchery Creek, sharing a complimentary lunch, and winning a prize.  Learn more...

  • Four half mussel shells. The interior of the shells are irodescent pink/purple while the outisde are striated with brown and orange markings.
    Information icon Purple cat’s paw mussels. Female specemin on top, male on bottom. Photo by Monte A. McGregor, Ph D., KYDFWR.

    ‘From the brink’

    October 4, 2017 | 6 minute read

    You cannot talk with biologists about mussels without delving into the shelled creatures’ sex lives. We’re not discussing impassioned grappling on a stream bed, either. No. For mussels to thrive, they need more inducement than a come-hither glance, the music of moving water. Sometimes they need scientists — one in a snorkeling mask, another with a mixture containing rabbit blood. Let us go to Killbuck Creek, an Ohio stream that curls through wood and field until it finds the Wahonding River, a tributary of the Ohio River.  Learn more...


  • A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths.
    Information icon Venus flytrap. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.

    Bat, snail, and popular plant may need endangered species protection

    December 19, 2017 | 5 minute read

    More research is needed on three species before U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials can determine whether to add them to the threatened and endangered species list. More scientific and commercial information will be compiled for the Venus flytrap, located in the Carolinas; oblong rocksnail, located in Alabama; and tricolored bat, located in 38 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Service and its partners will continue to research the species’ life history, biological requirements and habitats to develop a Species Status Assessment (SSA) and 12-month finding.  Read the full story...

  • A small fish with dark stripes on a yellow tinged back and white belly.
    Information icon Blackfin sucker. Photo by Matthew Thomas, KDFWR.

    Endangered Species Act protections not needed for Southeastern fish and crayfish

    December 5, 2017 | 2 minute read

    A crayfish found in sinkholes and freshwater spring caves in the Florida panhandle and a small fish found in clear headwater streams of the Upper Barren River System in Kentucky and Tennessee, do not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Read the full story...

  • A hand plunges into shallow water to place a tiny mussel with id number on the stream's rocky bottom.
    Golden riffleshell mussel gets placed in Indian Creek. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Clinch River mussel pulled back from the brink of extinction

    October 16, 2017 | 6 minute read

    The plight of the golden riffleshell, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, took a leap forward on September 21, as 700 captively-reared individuals were released into three sites – on Indian Creek, and on the Clinch River on the edge of Richlands, Virginia, and further upstream at a site owned by The Nature Conservancy.  Read the full story...

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