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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service March 2009 Neosho National Fish Hatchery Newsletter

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

March 2009

Neosho National Fish Hatchery Newsletter

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service March 2009 Neosho National Fish Hatchery Newsletter

Current Events in Fish Production

Fish Hatchery Newsletter Current Events in Fish Production Fish Health Inspection Time This month, we received
Fish Health Inspection Time This month, we received the second and final visit from LaCrosse
Fish Health Inspection Time
This month, we received the
second and final visit from
LaCrosse Fish Health for this
fiscal year. Rainbow trout and
pallid sturgeon samples were
obtained.
Janice performs endoscopy while fish
is kept submerged in a sling.
Community Activities
fish is kept submerged in a sling. Community Activities LaCrosse Fish Health staff prepares our fish

LaCrosse Fish Health staff prepares our fish samples for further analyses.

Job Shadow Program

A sophomore student from nearby

Carthage, MO, Ethan Herron

spent half a day at our hatchery. Following lead biologist Jaime Pacheco, Ethan was able to see a glimpse of our everyday operations here at Neosho National Fish Hatchery. To put it

in his words, “I thought that this

experience was great. I learned a

lot and had a good time”.

Broodstock Sturgeon Update

Our broodstock pallid sturgeon were visited by Janice Bryan of US Geological Survey to determine if any of our adult pallids were ready to spawn this year. Equipped with ultrasound and endoscopy equipment, Janice determined that we currently have 8 females and 7 males on station. Unfortunately, none of these 15 adult pallids are ready to spawn this year. We are currently waiting to see if we will keep any of these adults on station until the next spawning season or return them to the Missouri River. To view video footage of the ultrasound and endoscopy, visit our hatchery blog at www.NeoshoNFH.blogspot.com.

Another Helping Hand

Sixteen-year old Dylon Briley started working with us at the end

of

February through the Division

of

Youth Services Job Program.

Funded by the state of Missouri, this program matches young adult’s interest with a job placement to help them acquire job skills. From Dylon’s perspective, “the job program is designed to help kids get a head start in the working world and get an idea of what working is all about. It also shows what responsibilities you have in order to obtain and hold onto a job.” Dylon is working with us for a total of 3 months. Thus far, he thinks the program matched him with an appropriate job

he thinks the program matched him with an appropriate job placement. Since his two months of
he thinks the program matched him with an appropriate job placement. Since his two months of

placement. Since his two months of working with us, he has enjoyed working outside and appreciates the wide range of job responsibilities.

-Dylon Briley

Science Night at White Rock Elementary and Middle School

Biologist Melissa Cheung recently visited White Rock Elementary and Middle School in nearby Jane, MO for a family-filled Science Night. Science experiments from the 5 th and 6 th grade classes were on display. Alongside snake specialists, our hatchery display had live fish, a microscope and adult broodstock sturgeon video footage. Even our mascot Teddy the Trout made an appearance!

Even our mascot Teddy the Trout made an appearance! Teddy the Trout poses with some new

Teddy the Trout poses with some new friends at White Rock.

Career Day at Neosho Middle School

Neosho Middle School held their Career Day on March 13th. This day-long event gave presenters the opportunity to tell the story of how they chose their professions. This year the honor to inspire the

presenters the opportunity to tell the story of how they chose their professions. This year the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Neosho National Fish Hatchery Newsletter March 2009

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Neosho National Fish Hatchery Newsletter

March 2009

entire middle school 7 th grade class fell to Biologist Jaime

Pacheco.

Manager and future City of Neosho Mayor David Hendrix was scheduled to attend. Unfortunately, a last minute conflict interrupted Mr. Hendrix’s plans. Not to worry, our biologist made sure that the kids had their inspirational fifty minute talk filled with do’s and don’ts, tips, advise and of course a bit of humor. At the end, all six classes knew Jaime’s life story, their teacher got to catch up on paper work, and, more importantly, a future biologist may have been inspired.

-Jaime Pacheco

Originally Hatchery

Annual Business and Industry Fair

The 17 th Annual Business and Industry Fair was held in the Neosho High School cafeteria on March 13 th and 14 th . The event was open to the public while many of the community businesses participated in this fun- filled event. Our brochures, coloring books, pencils, and fish tattoos were of great interest as well as the live rainbow trout that were on display.

-Heather Williams

Hatchery Training and Meetings

Hatchery’s Friends Group Visits Washington D.C.

Hatchery Manager, David E. Hendrix and Vice President of the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery Friends Group Jerry Christian had the honor of attending the National Friends Meeting for Fisheries in

of attending the National Friends Meeting for Fisheries in Washington D.C. Attendees were Project Leaders, Presidents

Washington D.C. Attendees were Project Leaders, Presidents and Vice Presidents of Fisheries Friends Groups from across the country. The meeting was held March 9 th through the 12 th at the Fisheries Office in Arlington, VA.

the 12 t h at the Fisheries Office in Arlington, VA. Members of Friends Groups and

Members of Friends Groups and Project Leaders from the Division of Fisheries met in D.C. this month.

Monday’s meeting consisted of the National Fisheries Friends (NFFP) Partnership Board of Directors coming together to cover a range of issues: review of by-laws, elected officers, structural, membership and legal standing, initiate discussion about the financial relationship of the national organization, Fish and Wildlife Service, local Friends Groups, and potential third parties. The rest of the week allowed time for various introductions by Fish and Wildlife Service participants, NFFP Board of Directors, and Fisheries Friends Group members. Additional discussion topics included the National Hatchery System Volunteer Act, the Service’s Fisheries Program, and discussion of implementing the National Fisheries Partnership. Time was also made for a quick visit with the Capital Hill Legislators and/or Staff. All in all, it was a very productive week with Fisheries finally having a

was a very productive week with Fisheries finally having a National Friends Support Group in place.

National Friends Support Group in place. -David Hendrix

Unless otherwise stated, articles are written and assembled by Melissa Cheung.

Interested in learning more about what we do? Visit our blog at

www.NeoshoNFH.blogspot.com.

Stop by for a tour at 520 E Park Street, Neosho, MO

64850 or call us at 417-451-

0554.

at www.NeoshoNFH.blogspot.com. Stop by for a tour at 520 E Park Street, Neosho, MO 64850 or