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    • Fish and wildlife news: special issue on children and nature

    • Connecting people with nature; Environmental education; Recreation
    • This special edition of Fish & Wildlife News provides a glimpse of what Service employees from coast to coast are already doing to reconnect children with nature. From the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where youngsters...
    • Cleaning Equipment

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service; uniforms; service patch;
    • Everything is cleaned with an iodine solution and water after each use.
    • Male Chinook being milked

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service; uniforms; service patch;
    • Male Chinooks are milked and the eggs are then fertilized.
    • Sample Testing of Spawned Salmon

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service;
    • Scale and genetic testing are performed on some of the fish after they have donated to the spawning process.
    • Spawning Room

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service;
    • The spawning room at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery.
    • Holding area for fertilized eggs

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service;
    • The fertilized eggs are placed in these holding areas with an iodine solution, which kills bacteria.
    • Rinsing Eggs

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service;
    • The eggs are rinsed a final time.
    • Female Chinook Being Spawned

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service;
    • The eggs are removed from the females and placed in a container. Each female Chinook has between 4,000-5,000 eggs.
    • Male and female Chinook salmon

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Biologists (USFWS); Work of the Service;
    • Male and female Chinook salmon are separated prior to spawning.
    • Removing Pre-smolts from Hatchery Raceways

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS); Service patch;
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees move (known as 'crowding' juvenile Tule Fall Chinook salmon to the end of a raceway, or "pond," where the fish will enter an opened raceway gate, swim down a Hatchery channel, and then out the Hatchery...
    • Employees in Raceways

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS);
    • Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery employees in the raceways
    • FWS Employee Holds a Fall Tule Chinook

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS);
    • FWS employee, Maria Montoya, gets close with a Fall Tule Chinook on her visit to Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery with other USFWS Pacific Region employees to help with Fall Tule Chinook spawning activities at the hatchery.
    • Collecting Fall Tule Chinook Eggs

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS);
    • An employee collects eggs from a Fall Tule Chinook female at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery.
    • USFWS Employees in Raceways

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS);
    • Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery employees in raceways.
    • Mixing Harvested Eggs with Water and Milt

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Employees (USFWS);
    • Jane Chorazy, FWS External Affairs Specialist assists with one of the many spawning tasks. This one - mixing the harvested eggs with water and the milt (liquid containing the sperm) from the males.
    • Navigating the channel: salmon's exit from the hatchery

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes;
    • After being removed from a Hatchery raceway where they have spent the past few months, Tule Fall Chinook salmon pre-smolts swim down this channel, out the Hatchery intake pipe their parents entered six months ago, and enter the Columbia River.
    • Salt Water Is Added to the Eggs

    • Fish hatcheries; Fisheries management; Fishes; Work of the Service;
    • Each batch of eggs is mixed with salt water to assist in fertilization.

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