We've come a long way since the days of hauling fish in milk cans by a horse drawn buggy. Our new oxygenated fish distribution unit will soon be ready for use and outfitted with a graphic wrap. The wrap was selected to draw attention to endangered species and the fish hatchery and is provided by Thunder Grafix in Joplin. The tank can safely transport up to 900 pounds of fish. You will be able to see the completed project during Neosho's Christmas parade on Dec. 7.
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Biologist Justin Perkins traveled to Harrisonville last Friday to pick up another brood fish making our total 12 for next year's spawn of the pallid sturgeon. The more we can acquire, the more likely we are to have a successful spawn.
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Hatchery Maintenance Mechanic and veteran Raymond Villa, SFC, Retired, was featured in the Midwest Regional news last week for his military service and service to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Ray spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, retiring at the E7 rank of sergeant first class. He served in many locations including Hawaii, Kentucky, Colorado, Pennsylvania and the Pacific Islands. He was a construction engineer for all his years of service, and began his career at the age of 17. The article reported, "Even after veterans take off the uniform, they continue to apply the skills and experience they developed in the military toward a life of service here at home. Many of them have chosen to bring their skills here to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For their service, and the talent they bring to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, on behalf of the entire midwest region, we say thank you," and on behalf of the NNFH, we say thank you Ray!
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Staffers attended the McDonald County High School Career Fair last Wednesday. About 100 Anderson third graders toured on last Thursday. Joplin Children's Center met in the Rainbow Room Wednesday. Long distance visitors of the week are Mark and Rider Sloan from Salt Lake City, Utah. Local visitors of the week are the Logston family of Neosho.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.