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									   Japanese Media Highlight Invasive Asian Carp in Midwest
   8/14/2007                                                                                      By: Mark Steingraeber
                                                        A New York City-based television news production team from Nippon
                                                        Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the Japanese public television network,
                                                        accompanied staff from the La Crosse NFWCO on 14 August as
                                                        they conducted surveillance for bighead carp and silver carp in the Des
                                                        Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois. This film coverage was combined
                                                        with additional footage, taken upstream at an electrical fish barrier
                                                        and at downstream sites where these Asian carp species are abundant,
  U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Jerrold Federer (left)
                                                        to produce a 4.5-minute feature on the problems posed by these
  stands ready to net fish with La Crosse NFWCO
                                                        invasive fish in Midwestern rivers. This report was recently televised
  biologist Heidi Keuler (right) while a cameraman
                                                        via satellite throughout Japan and around the world on the bilingual
  from the Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Japanese
                                                        (Japanese-English) NHK News Watch 9 program. The opportunity to
  television network (center) films the action during
                                                        highlight the complex issues posed by the introduction of these fish in
  electrofishing efforts to detect Asian carps in the
                                                        the U.S. to the diverse international audience served by this television
  Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois.
                                                        network should help to raise public awareness around the globe of the
  Photo credit: David Hirsch, NHK.
                                                        need to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
   In today’s high technology world, news is quickly transmitted far and wide to inform others around
   the globe of noteworthy events. Such was the case when a New York City-based television news
   production team from Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the Japan Broadcasting Corporation,
   accompanied staff from the La Crosse NFWCO on 14 August as they conducted surveillance for
   bighead carp and silver carp in the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois. This film coverage was
   combined with additional footage, taken upstream at an electrical fish barrier and at downstream
   sites where these Asian carp species are abundant, to produce a 4.5-minute feature on the problems
   posed by these invasive fish in Midwestern rivers. This report was recently televised via satellite
   throughout Japan and around the world on the bilingual (Japanese-English) NHK News Watch 9
   program. Interviews with recreational boaters, commercial fishermen, and conservationists
   (including NFWCO fishery biologist Mark Steingraeber) stressed the adverse impacts these leaping
   exotic fish pose to regional navigation, economies, and ecosystems in North America. The native
   range of bighead carp and silver carp includes vast continental drainages in eastern Asia where these
   species evolved and reproduce in lengthy, uninterrupted river reaches. Although these species have
   also been introduced to Japan, they do not seem to pose as great a threat as in the U.S., due in part
   to the relatively short, high-gradient drainages that characterize this small island nation. The
   opportunity to highlight the complex issues posed by the introduction of these fish in the U.S. to
   the diverse international audience served by this television network should help to raise public
   awareness around the globe of the need to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.



La Crosse NFWCO Highlights September 2007                                                                              Page 1
   La Crosse NFWCO Assists USGS
   NAWQA Program in Iowa
   9/6/2007
   By: Heidi Keuler & Scott Yess
  The NAQWA Program has a goal to provide current and trend
  information on the status of the Nation's water resources, which
  will allow resource managers to make informed decisions.
  Information on the quality of the Nation's water resources is
  critical to assuring the long-term availability of water that is safe
  for drinking and recreation and suitable for fish and wildlife.
    During August and September, 2007, Louise Mauldin and Heidi Keuler from the La Crosse
    National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office assisted the Iowa City Office of the U.S. Geological
    Survey on their National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. This program was
    implemented in 1991 to support informational needs and decisions related to water-quality
    management and policy. The NAWQA Program is designed to answer questions concerning our
    Nation's water resources. Information on water chemistry, physical characteristics, stream habitat
    and aquatic life are collected. This allows resource managers to make science based decisions on
    water quality issues. La Crosse NFWCO has been called on to provide their expertise on the fishery
    aspects of this project. During August and September, four sites along the Iowa River and its
    tributaries were electrofished to determine the fish community structure. One of the sites sampled
    in August by Louise Mauldin was on the Meskwaki Tribal Land near Tama, Illinois. All fish were
    identified, weighed, and measured. Fishery information will be analyzed in combination with the
    other aspects of the study which will allow water resource managers to make informed decisions.
    The NAWQA Program has been active for over ten years and 42 of the original 51 Study Units will
    be reassessed for an additional ten years.



            USFWS Represented at 20th Annual Great Lakes Native
                   American Fish and Wildlife Society
                                                           9/10/2007
                                                          By: Heidi Keuler
                                On September 10-13, Dave Wedan and Heidi Keuler represented the La Crosse National Fish and
                                Wildlife Conservation Office at the 20th Annual Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS)–
                                Great Lakes Region in Lac du Flambeau, WI. A total of 180 individuals attended and represented 23
                                Great Lakes Tribes, USFWS, USGS, NRP, EPA, BIA, USDA, US Forest Service, GLIFWC, WI DNR,
                                MI DNR, MN DNR, MI State University, Central MI University, UWSP, UW-Madison and many other
                                private organizations. The NAFWS conference was not only very informative about natural resource
                                management, but also about Native American culture. This event strengthened partnerships between the
                                USFWS and many tribal leaders throughout the Great Lakes Region.



La Crosse NFWCO Highlights September 2007                                                                               Page 2
   On September 10-13, Dave Wedan and Heidi Keuler represented the La Crosse National Fish and
   Wildlife Conservation Office at the 20th Annual Native American Fish and Wildlife Society
   (NAFWS)– Great Lakes Region in Lac du Flambeau, WI. A total of 180 individuals attended and
   represented 23 Great Lakes Tribes, USFWS, USGS, NRP, EPA, BIA, USDA, US Forest Service,
   GLIFWC, WI DNR, MI DNR, MN DNR, MI State University, Central MI University, UWSP,
   UW-Madison and many private organizations. The opening ceremony included a parade of colors
   with law enforcement from most of the Great Lakes tribes and some U.S. military and a local drum
   group with a ceremonial drum. Speakers in the ceremonial opening included Bob Jackson - BIA,
   Victoria Doud - Lac du Flambeau Tribal President, Charlie Wooley - Deputy Regional Director
   USFWS, Luke Jones - EPA, Don Reiter - Great Lake NAFWS Regional Director, and Joe Jay
   Pinkham - National NAFWS President. Later in the day, legislative and funding updates were given
   by John Leonard - Native American Liaison with the USFWS. On Tuesday evening, conference
   attendees were treated with the Lac du Flambeau Traditional Feast which included venison, wild
   rice, corn, fry bread, chicken, and of course walleye. During the entire conference approximately 70
   presenters from various federal, tribal, and state organizations provided information on fisheries,
   wildlife, environmental, and tribal historical preservation. Some of the presentations included data
   on VHS, bald eagles, moose, walleye rearing, black bear, trout streams, wolves, lake sturgeon, CWD,
   avian influenza, and many other topics. Heidi Keuler presented her thesis, “Growth and condition
   of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in Legend Lake and the Wolf River – Lake Winnebago System
   of northeastern Wisconsin.” Highlights of the conference included a Red Lake Walleye Fry for
   lunch on Wednesday and the NAFWS Regional Banquet and Silent Auction Wednesday evening.
   The banquet meal consisted of prime rib and chicken along with wild rice and steamed vegetables.
   Entertainment was provided by a traditional Lac du Flambeau dance group called the Waswagoning
   Dance Theatre which has performed across the United States and at the Vatican for the Pope. The
   NAFWS conference was not only very informative about natural resource management, but also
   about Native American culture. This event strengthened partnerships between the USFWS and
   many tribal leaders throughout the Great Lakes Region and sent home some very full people from
   all of the wonderful traditional food they ate.

               Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee
                             Holds Fall Meeting
                                  9/20/2007
                                                 By: Scott Yess

    The Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Tech Sections of the Upper Mississippi
    River Conservation Committee (UMRCC) held a joint meeting at the
    Kibbe Research Station near Hamilton, Illinois. The meetings were well
    attended and the food and lodging were excellent. A special thanks to
    Dan Sallee, Tom Beissel and the rest of the Illinois DNR staff members     Photos by Owen Johnson
    that assisted on hosting this meeting.




La Crosse NFWCO Highlights September 2007                                                       Page 3
   The Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation Tech Sections of the Upper Mississippi River Conservation
   Committee (UMRCC) held a joint meeting at the Kibbe Research Station near Hamilton, Illinois.
   The meetings were well attended and the food and lodging were excellent. A special thanks to Dan
   Sallee, Tom Beissel, and the rest of the Illinois DNR staff members that assisted on hosting this
   meeting.
   Highlights of the meeting were a presentation by Ken Lubinski (USGS) on the Fishers and Farmers
   Fish Habitat Imitative, Jeff Janvrin’s (Wisconsin DNR) presentation on Island Habitat, and Tim
   Schlagenhaft’s (Minnesota DNR) presentation on climate change. There were two excellent field
   trips. The wildlife section went to Lock and Dam 19 for a tour. The second tour group was treated
   to a river boating experience which they experienced the high tech research vessel used by Southern
   Illinois University (SIU) to conduct fish sampling. They also checked out the VR2 fish tracking
   receivers used by SIU to monitor sturgeon and paddlefish movements. A special thanks to Mark
   Cornish (COE – Rock Island) for setting this up.
   Scot Johnson (Minnesota DNR) has been very instrumental in reviving the Recreation Tech Section.
   At the fall meeting this group addressed several key issues concerning recreation on the UMR.
   Agenda items discussed were boating impacts, CCP activities, cultural resources, beach planning,
   Asian carp and geocaching. The group also had great ideas for the new web site which will be
   updated this winter. Cindy Samples (FWS) volunteered to construct the web site updates for the
   Recreation Section.
   The Fish Section will be updating their Fishery Management Plan. The Wildlife Section will work in
   conjunction with the Fishery group to finalize the resolution concerning connectivity. Future
   activities for the UMRCC also include Fish Habitat Initiative, work on designating the Upper
   Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge and adjacent state lands as a Wetland of International
   Significance and the upcoming annual meeting. The next Executive Board Meeting will be Oct.
   22nd in the Quad Cities.

          La Crosse NFWCO
             Demonstrates
         to Local 7th Graders
        How They Can Prevent
            Invasive Species
        9/21/2007               By: Heidi Keuler
 Heidi Keuler from La Crosse NFWCO presented
 “Fishing for Energy” and spoke to 120 7th graders about
 the cost of invasive species to the environment and how the
 students could help save energy by not dumping bait
 buckets after fishing, not releasing pet fish or aquatic
                                                                Heidi demonstrated to 7th Grade Students the impacts
 plants, and not transporting fish, water, or aquatic plants   of Invasive Species to the Environment. She showed a
 from one waterbody to the next. Heidi finished her talk       video of jumping silver carp like the one she has in her
 with a video of leaping silver carp to demonstrate the        hands here. USFWS Photo June 2007
 terrible affects of invasive species on the environment.


La Crosse NFWCO Highlights September 2007                                                                        Page 4
                                                                          “Fishing for Energy”




   The UW Extension out of the Trempealeau County Government Center hosted the 7th Grade
   Environmental Sciences Day on September 21, 2007 at the Trempealeau County Fairgrounds in
   Galesville, WI. There were a total of 307 students that came from Whitehall, Galesville – Ettrick –
   Trempealeau, Arcadia, Independence, and Osseo, WI. Organizations that presented included the
   National Eagle Center, Trempealeau County UW Extension, USGS, Riverland Energy, USFWS,
   and Honda Motorwerks. Heidi Keuler from La Crosse NFWCO presented “Fishing for Energy”
   and spoke to 7th graders about the cost of invasive species to the environment and how students
   could help save energy by not dumping bait buckets after fishing, not releasing pet fish or aquatic
   plants, and not transporting fish, water, or aquatic plants from one waterbody to the next. Heidi
   finished her talk with a video of leaping silver carp to demonstrate the terrible affects of invasive
   species on the environment.




                                                                       Back (L to R):
                                                                       Mark Steingraeber, Dave Wedan,
                                                                       Scott Yess, Ann Runstrom
                                                                       Front (L to R):
                                                                       Heidi Keuler, Louise Mauldin,
                                                                       Pam Thiel, Nancy Christopherson




  The USFWS and La Crosse FWCO participates in: Partnerships and
  Accountability, Aquatic Species Conservation and Management, Public Use,
  Cooperation with Native Americans, Leadership in Science and Technology,
  Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Management, and Workforce Management



La Crosse NFWCO Highlights September 2007                                                         Page 5

								
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