We have an exciting new display on loan at the hatchery!

We have an exciting new display on loan at the hatchery!

Mr. Joseph Leal has graciously allowed us to exhibit his 7 ft. “Soaring Eagle” sculpture. Mr. Leal’s art is crafted by using a chainsaw as a carving tool on a single huge black walnut tree trunk. You may have seen other exhibits of his art at the Neosho Barnyard Days. This art was inspired by Mr. Leal’s time spent observing eagles in flight in Pagosa Spring, Colo. The black walnut was obtained after a severe storm toppled the tree.
One hundred and eleven golden Fat Mucket mussels arrived from Missouri State University via an Igloo cooler brought by Bryan Simmons and grad student Beth Glidewell. The new “mussel room” constructed at the north end of sturgeon building one with its tanks and hatchling trays should serve the two-month old bean sized mussels well. Our partnership with Missouri State University and the freshwater mussel program is in its fifth year but we are still in the experimental stages of producing and growing these freshwater mussels which are critical to healthy waterways. Two students from Crowder College, Amanda Jones and Krista Kennedy will assist us in monitoring these mussels as part of their veterinarian and biologist training.

One hundred thousand trout eggs arrived last week. One female trout can produce 2,500 eggs. Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery staff picked up 6,700 ten inch rainbows for Lake Taneycomo. This is their ninth pick up for the year.

New stainless still holding tanks and pumps arrived and have been installed for the solar modifications to sturgeon building two.

Becky Wylie of Neosho is our local visitor of the week. Becky’s candid shot of a deer and three fawns posing on Peterson Road was featured in the new Missouri Conservation calendar. Her amazing photo of two whooping cranes midair was published in last year’s calendar. She purchased copies of the calendar in our Friends gift shop. Long distance visitor of the week is Doug Nelson from Blaine, Minn.

The hatchery will close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 21 and all day Nov. 22 in observance of Thanksgiving. Hatchery staff members are truly thankful for our supportive community and Friends group. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook at Neosho National Fish Hatchery and Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and don’t forget our ongoing digital photo contest sponsored by our Friends group. Pickup photo contest rules at the hatchery and pick up fantastic Christmas gift ideas in the gift shop.

Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.