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  • October 30, 2019 6:48 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    From Steve Marshall steve.marshall@myfwc.com

    Greetings,

    Florida developed a two full day, weekend, women’s outdoor skills workshop targeted at learning fishing skills.  We came up with a plan of what we wanted to cover, developed curriculum to fit the time table, developed pre and post feedback tools, ran the pilot workshop and ran the numbers.  What follows are some quick notes on the workshop.  If you would like a more in-depth summary, email me directly.

    The workshop ran Friday afternoon-evening, all day and early evening Saturday and Sunday morning at one of our overnight Youth Conservation Centers located on a freshwater lake in central Florida.  Friday afternoon we covered basic topics and spent the last 45 minutes on monitored fishing time with live/natural baits.  There were a total of 13 participants in this pilot workshop and all were given a push button spin-casting rod and reel and tackle box stocked with predominantly freshwater types of terminal tackle.  Saturday additional topics were covered, and at various times throughout the day a total of 3.5 hours of monitored fishing activity occurred utilizing different artificial lures and live/natural baits.  Sunday morning recapped, answered any remaining questions and included another 2 hours of monitored fishing with lures and live/natural baits.  After post-program feedback tools were completed, the group was asked the following:

    1. Did you learn the fishing skills you need to safely participate in fishing without the assistance of someone else who is highly skilled at fishing?  12 answered – YES, 1 answered – MAYBE
    2. Did you learn the fishing skills you need to pass along this activity to family and/or friends? 12 answered – YES, 1 answered – MAYBE

    Analysis of the 13 pre-feedback tools provided the following results.  When asked, “In the past twelve months, how many days did you go fishing?” one participant answered one time and all others answered no times.  When asked, “During which of the following years (2010 through 2019) did you go fishing at least once? six had not fished in any of those years, five had fished in one of those years, one had fished in two of those years and one had fished in three of those years.  For this pilot workshop, we purposefully selected these thirteen individuals, from a larger pool of applicants, because of their very low current and historically low levels of fishing participation.  However, they had all demonstrated interest in learning to fish.

    For a number of questions on the pre and post-feedback tools, we asked participants for fishing skills and confidence to fish on their own levels.  Answers were ranked from 1 (very weak skills) to 5 (very strong skills) and from 1 (not at all confident) to 4 (very confident).  According to Wilcoxon signed-rank analysis of the participant’s responses, all skill categories and personal confidence showed significant increases at the P<0.01 level.

    Some additional questions covered the area of personal behavior associated with ethical angling practices and their support of aquatic conservation projects.  Answers were ranked from 1 (very unlikely) to 4 (very likely).  According to Wilcoxon signed-rank analysis of the participant’s responses, all personal behavior attitudes showed no significant changes.  This is explained by all pre-feedback tool means starting higher than a 3.00 score.

    The workshop pre-screened individuals to select individuals that were new to fishing or lapsed anglers.  Pre and post-feedback and summary discussions with the group showed that skill levels, ability to pass on fishing skills and confidence to fish on their own was clearly established in twelve of the 13 participants.  Although a very small sample size, we will be following up with them to see how active they become as anglers.

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • October 29, 2019 6:49 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    To Prospective Applicants and Professionals:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is sharing its current list of position vacancy announcements on USAJOBS.

  • October 17, 2019 10:36 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    R3 Community Newsletter October 2019

    • R3 Spotlight, Stephen Sowell
    • Americans Love Public Lands And Species Conservation But How Do We Pay For Them?
    • Hunter Mentoring: Coaching a Successful Series of Failures
    • Upcoming Events

    ....and more

    https://mailchi.mp/12d4a64d4ef2/nature-of-americans-2424817?e=07f0cf93c8

  • October 15, 2019 8:18 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    In Summer 2020, the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) will collaborate with its partners to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP). The DFP is a 12-week (including 1-week orientation) internship working on projects that support FWS conservation priorities. Eligible students who are pursuing degrees in biological science and/or natural resources management will possess the desired qualifications to apply for participation in the 2020 DFP.  These fellowships offer a unique opportunity to gain direct hire authority (upon successful completion of the program), which enables U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other land management agencies to be able to hire former fellows into permanent, full-time positions within two years of graduation without having to use the competitive process. 

    Eligible students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate (rising seniors) or graduate degree program, and who will not complete their degree requirements prior to the completion of the 2020 DFP 11-weeks fellowship that ends in August 2020. 

    Specific information on the announcement and application instruction will be available later this fall.  When the announcement is open for applications, we will send a message to our subscribers.  You can also monitor our FWS Facebook DFP page for information.

     

    NOTE: 

    If you were forwarded this message and would like to added to our contact list to receive future updates from FWS, please click this link to sign up


    Workforce Recruitment & Outreach
    connect@fws.gov 
    Office of Diversity & Inclusive Workforce Management
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

  • August 27, 2019 10:30 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    From Discover MediaWorks. R3 Programs underway

    Television programs, classroom videos and lesson activities are free, "creative commons" that can be downloaded and used by the entire R3 Community - including all state agencies that want free R3 media to webcast from their websites.

    Dan Bertalan, Director
    Into the Outdoors Education Network
    C 608.512.9596
    IntotheOutdoors.org

  • August 17, 2019 7:04 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    1. Finding The Treasures Of The Trails, Kayak Fishing

    Gary Rankel

    152 pages | $20 

    www.squareup.com

    Why Read It?

    Finding the Treasures of the Trails, Kayak Fishing is a treasure for any angler. The first 66 pages of the spiral-bound book offer step-by-step instruction on inshore saltwater and freshwater fishing. Rankel shares his experiences, backed by thorough research, to describe everything from essential kayak gear to safety gear and fishing tackle.

    Then Treasures of the Trails prepares the angler to fish every corner of Florida’s Citrus County. Nestled in the crook of the panhandle, the county harbors too many parks and preserves to count. The book covers redfish, trout and snook on the west coast to freshwater bass fishing in the inland lakes. Rankel shares detailed description of each hot spot along with a winning game plan.

    The book’s most valuable treasures are detailed maps and illustrations labeled with launch spots and fishing holes. Whether you’re heading to Citrus County for vacation, moving to town or lived there all your life, Finding the Treasures of the Trails is priceless.

    2. Strong Is The Current

    Joel Spring

    182 pages | $23

    www.westriverpublishing.com

    Why Read It?

    “Grief is a strange fishing partner,” Joel Spring writes in his memoir Strong is the Current, A Grieving Father’s Meditations on Life, Loss and Fishing. The collection of essays chronicles Spring’s journey through losing his young-adult daughter to brain cancer.

    Spring shares fish stories from before, during and after his tragic loss; the author remembers the good times, survives the bad and emerges on the other side wiser and happier. Not only does the reader grow with the author, but we join him for some exciting fishing.

    In addition to reflection and spiritual awareness, Strong is the Current is funny and fun. While we’re sorry for Spring’s loss, we’re glad for the insight and understanding his book brings.

    3. Kayak Fly Fishing

    Ben Duchesney

    190 pages | $29.95

    www.stackpolebooks.com

    Why Read It?

    When readers pick up Kayak Fly Fishing, they are holding two books under one cover. Duchesney, a former web editor for Kayak Angler, covers everything to get started kayak fishing and fly fishing with practical tips for combining the two pursuits. Readers benefit from Duchesney’s experience in both sports.

    In addition to running the online side of this magazine, Duchesney also worked for Postfly, the world-famous fly-of-the-month club. The book starts with chapters on choosing and rigging a boat, then the author describes the best tackle and gear for any level fly angler.

    The clear, how-to information is glued together with fish stories making Kayak Fly Fishing as engaging as it is instructional.

    4. 101 Freshwater

    Kayak Launching Points

    Paul Batchelder, Sr.

    248 pages. | $19.95

    Why Read It?

    If you fished two days each week, it would take almost two years to hit all the spots described in 101 Freshwater Kayak Launching Points by Paul Batcheler, Sr. The author has lived and fished in Texas for almost 40 years, exploring the best water for the biggest fish.

    The book opens with chapters on safety, rigging and angling ethics. “Pick up after yourself and someone else,” Batchelder encourages in the Etiquette chapter. The bulk of the book is devoted to how to access and fish every hole and holler in the Lone Star State. Batcheler says, “We ended up with more locations than expected and included them all in this book.”

    5. An Angler’s Journal

    Quiet Fox Design

    145 pages | $12.99

    www.foxchapelb2b.com

    Why Read It?

    With high-powered, multi-function fishing applications available on smartphones and computer screens (see page 25), An Angler’s Journal takes a creative approach to saving memories. The beautifully-illustrated journal includes pages to track rod, reel and tackle purchases.

    Each log page has labels for when, where and how fish were caught. On the opposite page, readers can paste a print-out of a satellite image marked with notes and hot spots. In the back of the book, a life list allows anglers to check off significant catches. The last ten pages are left blank for photos of the catch to create a practical album of fishing memories.


  • August 17, 2019 6:48 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    The best anglers I know have one thing in common: they keep a detailed fishing log. After each trip, these guys note the weather, water and fishing conditions in a pocket-sized calendar or grease-stained journal.

    Less disciplined anglers have a hard time finding the time, let alone a pencil, to keep a paper record of their success, but we always manage to post our photos and stories on social media. What if we could turn Facebook into Fishbook?  Article at

    https://kayakanglermag.com/gear/fishing-gear-accessories/digital-fishing-logs-make-data-collection-effortless/

  • August 05, 2019 8:46 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Apply for FWS positions, please click the following link (FWS Vacancy Announcements)

  • June 21, 2019 5:17 PM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held at the BSA’s new permanent Jamboree home: the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. It’s actually co-hosted by three Scout organizations: the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México.

    A World Jamboree in our country is a once-in-a-generation event. The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be the first held in North America in 36 years (1983, Alberta, Canada) and the first held in the United States in 52 years (1967, Idaho).

    Some 50,000 Scouts and Scouters from 167 different countries are expected at the event to be held July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019.

    The Fishing program will play a prominent role in the CENTRO MONDIAL - Living in the 21st Century - Food Program with the 24th World Jamboree Program Pillar.

    Please like us on Facebook and share our public group
             
    2019 World Scout Jamboree - FISH ON!

    Pictures of Scouts from around the world with there #FIRSTCATCH experience will be posted here.

    Pictures of our Fishing Staff in Action will be posted here as well.
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Our organization leads the discussions for aquatic leaders. AREA is organized for educational purposes. AREA members include representatives of State, Federal, industry, fisheries and educational professionals involved in aquatic resource education programs. The nationwide non-profit Association is created to foster, promote and encourage aquatic education.

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For payment assistance, contact Treasurer Steve Marshall, Phone: 561-292-6050, Email: steve.marshall@myfwc.com

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