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Children In Nature Part Two

After a four week hiatus, for distribution season, class started back up on May 19th with the children
learning about entomology, which included terrestrial and aquatic insects. Guest speaker, Dr. Ashley
Moerke from LSSU, taught the class all about insects. Along with learning about general anatomy, Dr.
Moerke also spoke about what makes an insect, life cycles, what you can tell from different types of legs
and a few interesting facts about some very unique insects. Specimen boxes, collected by Dr. Moerke
students, were used to show the class different species. After going over terrestrial insects the class looked
at live aquatic insects collected from Videan's Creek. Then it was time for the class to collect their own
insects. Dr. Moerke showed the class the proper way to use a bug net before they headed out behind the
elementary school to see what they could collect. Also, cups with isopropyl alcohol were set outside a few
days in advance which caught mostly ants, flies and various types of true bugs.

Dr. Moerke showing students a live Giant Water Bug Checking out a stream mayfly larva

The 4th class in the Children in Nature series, held on May 26th , was dendrology which is the study of
trees. Expert guests Don Mikel of the US Forest Service from Hiawatha National Forest and Dr. Dennis
Merkle from LSSU both came to offer up their extensive knowledge of trees. Students learned about what
a tree is, the importance of trees for such things as oxygen, food and shelter, why leaves change colors
during the fall, how to identify different trees by their bark, leaves, cones and shape. After learning all
about trees the class was taken around the parameter of the school grounds where they identified such
trees as the quaking aspen, apple, choke cherry, white spruce and balsam poplar.
Inspecting a white spruce with Dr. Merkle Don Mikel showing the difference between two tree leaves

Lastly, on June 2nd the children were educated on local botany , ecology and nephology. Dr. Gregory
Zimmerman of LSSU and his students from his General Ecology class taught the children about
wildflowers, photosynthesis, the water cycle and a little about biodiversity and ecology. With their
last set of worksheets the kids set out to identify wildflowers. We also went over the different types
of clouds and then identified as many clouds types as possible. As a last treat, the children were
surprised with a celebratory Children In Nature cake, for a successful completion of the course!

Dr. Zimmerman talking about ecology & biodiversity Jaime Masterson & the Brimley 6th Grade celebrating

Through these five classes, not only did the children learn about the different subjects of science but
they were also given a short synopsis of how all the expert guests achieved their professional
occupation. All class work was saved, copied and put into binders for each student to have so that
they may continue to learn about the nature around them. Hopefully this experience will open the
eyes of these young students to the possibilities of what may lie ahead in their future careers.

I would like to thank the Friends of Pendills members for chaperoning the first two classes and all my
guest experts and for their willingness to volunteer their time to help us teach children about science
and nature.
- Jaime Masterson
Second Annual Kid’s Fishing Event

Pendills Creek NFH held its Second Annual Kid’s Fishing Day Event Saturday June 19th, 2010.
This year the event was for children ages 15 and under with a maximum of 160 kids. 300
rainbow trout were shipped up from Genoa NFH in Wisconsin and 75 lake trout were brought
over from Sullivan Creek NFH for the derby. Children were allowed to catch two fish with the
bigger of two entered in the derby. A total of 227 rainbows were caught, with the largest

going to 4 year old Asher Croad with a 2lb rainbow. Cash prizes were awarded to the three
largest fish caught of $75, $50 and $25. Prizes were given to the top 20 fish in two age classes, 1
to 8 and 9 to 15 years old. Top prizes included a bike, pool parties at local hotels, Soo
Locke Boat Tours, tackle boxes, fishing poles, gift certificates and many more, all of which were
donated by 102 local sponsors. A variety of activities including games, contests and face
painting were also enjoyed by the young anglers. All participants received lunch and snacks, a
goodie bag and a chance to see Smokey the Bear, Lucy the Lake Trout and the Cloverland
Energy Bee. Random drawings were also held throughout the day for kids and adults. The event
could not have been pulled off without the many months of preparation , support from the
Friends of Pendills Group and the many volunteers who took the time to make this day
-Randy Obermiller
FISH PRODUCTION fish tanks on its deck. The Baird will then
sail the lake trout out to different reefs in
Yearling Distribution 2010 the lakes and stock the fish overboard to
Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery their new homes.
(NFH) raises lake trout for release into the
Great Lakes under the Great Lakes Pendills Creek NFH stocked the following
Restoration Program. With the help of strains of lake trout in May 2010: 303,827
Jordan River NFH, Iron River NFH, and the Superior Apostle Island Wild; 254,685
MV Spencer F. Baird; 1,009,559 yearling Lewis Lake Wild; 451,047 Seneca Lake
lake trout were stocked onto reefs in Lake Wild; for a total of 1,009,559 yearlings. The
Michigan. Fish stocking and distribution is fish ranged in length from 5 to 6 inches,
a very busy time of year, and requires much and weighed in total over 50,000 pounds.
coordination among the lake trout - Crystal LeGault-Anderson
hatcheries and the fish stocking vessel, the
Spencer F. Baird. All three hatcheries have
millions of lake trout to stock into the 2010-2011 Year Class Arrives
Great lakes in a span of about two months, Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery
and each must help the other haul their raises lake trout for the restoration of the
fish in special fish distribution trucks with Great Lakes. Each year hundreds of
bulk tanks designed just for hauling lake thousands of lake trout are transferred
trout. Once the fish are in the distribution from Jordan River NFH to Pendills Creek
trucks, they are hauled to the MV Spencer NFH for grow-out. Pendills Creek has a
F. Baird, which has ten specially designed very small tank room to start fish, and
produced only 166,000 of its own baby fish.
Jordan River raised and transferred over
one million baby lakers to Pendills this May
and June.

It takes a lot of little fish distribution trucks

to move the young fish from Jordan River
NFH (in Elmira, Michigan) to Pendills
Creek NFH (in Brimley, Michigan), and
staff with trucks from both facilities made
many crossings over the Mackinac Bridge to
accomplish the task.
Randy Obermiller and John Shuman
attended the MOCC Spencer F. Baird
training June 22nd to the 24th in Cheboygan,
MI .

June 30th CPR and First Aide Training was

taken by all at Pendills and Sullivan Creek

Nomad Construction broke ground on June
Total lake trout fry on station at Pendills
Creek for grow-out into fall fingerlings and 7th for the new clear span building that will

spring yearlings is 1,334,000 fish. Pendills be erected over the new raceways at

Creek NFH is currently under construction, Pendills Creek NFH. Concrete footings and
a new metal building is being foundation were poured the third week of
constructed over the top of the baby fish June. Next they will be onto the piers for
now in the raceways. Hopefully they the steel beams and rough skeleton of the
survive through the exposure to the
elements, critters, birds, and construction
- Jaime Masterson
workers to be stocked later this fall and
early next spring.
-Crystal LeGault-Anderson


Hatchery Manager Curt Friez attended the

Great Lakes Fisheries Commission annual
meeting in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on
June 3rd.