The hatchery's annual open house is set for Sunday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to coincide with the city's annual Dogwood Tour.
The hatchery's annual open house is set for Sunday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to coincide with the city's annual Dogwood Tour. The Missouri Department of Conservation will be on hand giving away various tree saplings of native short leaf pine, white pine, flowering dogwood, redbud, bald cypress and tulip poplar. Free coffee and cookies will be provided in the a.m. and a free hot dog lunch will be served at noon. Various exhibitors will be on display.
Bruce Hallman, educational outreach specialist is working hard to create a Facebook following for the hatchery. He posts engaging photos and comments daily. "Like" us at "Neosho National Fish Hatchery" and "Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery" to get a first-hand look at the goings on and nature transpirings of our grounds. One of Bruce's photos was selected for distribution by our national fish and wildlife services headquarters.
At the first signs of spring, it's not love that is in the air, it's spores and our bookstore features an excellent book on Missouri mushrooms. Morel mushroom hunters get fidgety for just the right conditions to land them a skillet full of these tasty morsels. Some hunters begin their search after a week of night temperatures above 50 degrees F. As long as adequate moisture is in the soil, mushrooms will emerge. The best time to search is a few days after a good soaking rain. If anyone has a surefire method for finding mushrooms and wants to share .
Bruce Hallman provided a booth for the preschool fair at East Newton High School last week. Area spring breakers are still flocking to the hatchery. Long distance visitor of the week is Lois Mattox of Keyes, Calif. Local visitors of the week are Lilly and Chance Tindall of Neosho.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.