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  • A child holding a rod looks on with amazement.

    Reaching for Rainbows fishing derbies

    October 12, 2017 | 1 minute readOn 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 child reels in his catch as his friend cheers him on. Photo by Ashley Buffington, USFWS.

  • A senior holding a fishing pole with a wide smile.

    Catch a Smile Fishing Derby

    October 11, 2017 | 1 minute readOn 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...

    A participant in the 10th annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby shows off his catch and his smile. Photo by Ashley Buffington USFWS.

  • Four half mussel shells. The interior of the shells are irodescent pink/purple while the outisde are striated with brown and orange markings.

    ‘From the brink’

    October 4, 2017 | 6 minute readYou 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...

    Purple cat’s paw mussels. Female specemin on top, male on bottom. Photo by Monte A. McGregor, Ph D., KYDFWR.

  • Several dozen veterans stand in front of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery visitors center holding their catch.

    Wolf Creek honors wounded warriors

    September 26, 2017 | 1 minute readOn September 11, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Kentucky hosted its sixth annual Wounded Warriors Fishing Event for veterans who sustained injuries during their service. Twenty veterans participated in a guided striped bass trip on Lake Cumberland just after sunrise. the Russell County Honor Guard conducted a special ceremony to honor and remember our service personnel for their sacrifice. Participants were then treated to a catered barbecue lunch. Many participants tried their hands at fly fishing at Hatchery Creek after their meals. Learn more...

    Veterans show off their catches. Photo by Ashley Buffington, USFWS.

  • Purple/grey and bright orange flowers bloom in a grassy field.

    Partners join to conserve rare prairie barrens in Kentucky

    August 31, 2017 | 3 minute readMonarch butterflies descend on the fields in droves, drawn by the abundance of milkweed, their favorite pollinator plant. Endangered northern long-eared and Indiana bats swoop through the sky. On the ground, biodiversity abounds, with rare plants like scurf pea and false gromwell. This little Eden - 160 acres now owned by the non-profit Southern Conservation Corps (SCC) – is a combination of forest and extremely rare prairie barrens habitat in Garrard County, a mostly rural county in central Kentucky. Learn more...

    Two species of milkweed, common and butterfly, grow wild in the barrens. Milkweed is a favorite plant of monarch butterflies. Photo by J. Brent Harrel, USFWS.

  • The sun begins to emerge from behind the moon during a solar eclipse.

    Stellar eclipse at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge

    August 24, 2017 | 2 minute readClarks River National Wildlife Refuge in Benton, Kentucky, hosted a Great American Solar Eclipse event for visitors from a dozen different states and five different countries on August 21. Visitors enjoyed one minute and 57 seconds in the shadow of the moon. While waiting for the total solar eclipse, visitors participated in activities including fishing, and learning about wildlife, fisheries, and illegal wildlife trade. The younger visitors were treated to a story time and a Kid Zone with a bouncy castle that allowed children to jump like a frog. Learn more...

    The eclipse just as totality is ending and the "diamond ring" is beginning to appear again. Photo by Bob Herndon, USFWS.

  • Small plants growing out of a low depression next to the parking lot.

    New rain garden and outdoor classroom at Wolf Creek

    August 1, 2017 | 3 minute readWolf Creek National Fish Hatchery has completed its new onsite rain garden and outdoor classroom, a project that began in late March. This project was no easy feat, requiring substantial assistance from partnerships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wolf Creek Dam and Powerhouse, and the University of Kentucky Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. A rain garden is a shallow depression, planted with native plants and grasses, which is designed to capture runoff from nearby impervious surfaces. Learn more...

    The completed rain garden basin. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

  • Wolf Creek’s Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby

    July 24, 2017 | 2 minute readOn June 3, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery held the 31st annual Catch a Rainbow Kids’ Fishing Derby, a free fishing weekend. Learn more...


  • A hand plunges into shallow water to place a tiny mussel with id number on the stream's rocky bottom.

    Clinch River mussel pulled back from the brink of extinction

    October 16, 2017 | 6 minute readThe 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...

    Golden riffleshell mussel gets placed in Indian Creek. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas.

    Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

    September 9, 2017 | 2 minute readHurricane Irma is headed toward the Florida Keys and the south-central part of the state. Its winds are at 130 mph, but it’s expected to gain strength over the water. Irma should be a category 4 tempest, with winds at 150 mph, when it makes landfall around 8 a.m. Sunday. Hurricane Irma forecasted path. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS. Already, say meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center, south Florida is experiencing 30 mph wind gusts. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Irma image from space. NOAA/NASA.

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