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  • September 11, 2018 8:56 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    https://www.federaltimes.com/it-networks/2018/02/08/interiors-magic-bullet-drones-that-are-dod-castoffs/

    Interior has been able to use drones for land surveillance, wildlife monitoring and visual assistance when dealing with natural disasters. In 2017, Interior drone operators were able to identify a spot fire that had started as a result of a larger wildfire they were fighting in southern Oregon. The identification via drone saved approximately $50 million in infrastructure damage.

    Interior plans on using drones to dart animals, as it is one of the most dangerous jobs they have to do, and to try analyzing and dropping charges on potential avalanche areas to safely clear the snow masses without endangering park rangers.

  • September 10, 2018 8:58 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    New lesson on fish migration is now available. 

     

    Designing Fish-Friendly Culverts (and bridges) is an environmental education science lesson created for educators of grades 5 – 8 to teach kids about fish migration. This hands-on, introductory lesson, can be adapted to other grade levels as well. All materials are easy to download and public domain. Feel free to take the lesson, edit to include your local barriers to fish migration, the fish they affect and even nearby fish passage projects. 

    This lesson was developed for the National Fish Passage Program.

      Denise Wagner

    Branch of Communications and Partnerships, Fish and Aquatic Conservation

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    405.635.4784 email: denise_wagner@fws.gov

  • August 08, 2018 8:59 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Since the 1990s there have been widespread reports throughout the world of male fish from different water bodies that exhibit female traits. This "feminization", which includes changes to the appearance and reproductive ability of the males, has often been associated with exposure of the fish to chemicals in runoff from animal feedlots and discharges from wastewater treatment plants. Chemicals responsible for feminization are collectively referred to as endocrine disruptors, because of their ability to "mimic" the effects of estradiol, a natural estrogenic hormone that controls endocrine systems involved in reproduction in female animals and humans.

    A significant amount of research has been focused on the identity of the estrogenic chemicals causing endocrine disruption, so that their release to the environment might be controlled. A recent paper authored by EPA researchers, "Re-evaluating the Significance of Estrone as an Environmental Estrogen", showed that the hormone estrone may be a very important cause of feminization of male fish. Estrone is produced naturally by livestock and humans, and is excreted from the body in waste. It has been known for some time that estrone can be present at high concentrations in wastewater discharges, but it has not been thought to be particularly important in causing feminization because it is a weak estrogenic chemical. However, the EPA scientists found that estrone can be changed by male fish to the much stronger estradiol, to a degree sufficient to cause their feminization. This indicates that estrone could be a much more important estrogenic endocrine disruptor than previously supposed.  

    The paper describing this work is featured on the cover of the May 16th issue of Environmental Science & Technology and was recently selected by The American Chemical Society as an Editor’s Choice article. 

    Sent by: Dennis Riecke, 2016 SDAFS Past President

  • February 20, 2018 7:55 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Minnesota DNR is establishing clear guidelines that are very conservative with regard to collecting and releasing electronic data involving minors.  If you are interested in seeing the MN DNR policy and procedures for the Release of Electronic Licensing Service minor data, just let me know and I can send that to you.

    The following article from Pediatrics – the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics opened my eyes to some of the serious issues and implications of data collection and data mining of minors in this digital age.
    Children’s Privacy in the Big Data Era: Research Opportunities

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/140/Supplement_2/S117?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_medium=TrendMD&utm_campaign=Pediatrics_TrendMD_1

    Michelle Kelly
    Education Specialist | MinnAqua Program
    Fish and Wildlife Outreach Section
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Region 3 HQ
    1200 Warner Road
    St. Paul, MN, 55106
    Phone: 651-259-5751
    Fax: 651-772-7974
    Email: michelle.kelly@state.mn.us

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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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