Upcoming Events: Baird Creek Fish Walk

On Saturday, September 27th, the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation board president Charlie Frisk will be leading an event deemed the “One Fish, Two Fish Hike”.  Being the board president, Mr. Frisk knows all the best places to find the most diverse groups of fish.  He will use a large seine net to capture the fish & other aquatic species in order to observe the diversity of the creek.

This is a kids focused event, so there will be people of all ages attending.  It is a great opportunity for us to interact with the public as a group.  The event starts at 1:00pm, and everyone is meeting at Christa McAuliffe Park.

If anyone is interested in attending, please email cotta01@uwgb.edu for more information!

UPDATE: September 18th meeting recap

Yesterday we had Amanda Strick at our meeting, talking with us about the vast number of aquatic invasive species in our area.  She is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Oconto County Land & Conservation Association, and has been with them for almost three years.

Invasive species are those that aggressively establish themselves in an environment, bringing little to no benefit to an ecosystem.  They can cause ecological, economic, and/or human harm in the process.  Amanda mentioned that people are the number one contributor to spreading AIS.  She went into detail on the Asian carp species that are of most concern to us (Silver & Bighead), zebra mussels and quagga mussels, and phragmites.  Some other invasive species in Wisconsin include: Round gobies, earthworms, the New Zealand mudsnails, Chinese & Banded mystery snails, sea lamprey, and the spiny water fleas.  A large part of her work is public outreach, and she is involved with the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, which focuses on educating the public about invasives.

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday!

Guest Speaker Amanda Strick

This coming Thursday, September 18th, Amanda Strick from the Oconto County Land Conservation Division will be coming to our meeting to talk with us.  She is an aquatic invasive species coordinator, and will be be sharing on many topics of interest.  Her presentation will consist of up to date findings and concerns dealing with Asian carp species, New Zealand Mud snails, and the zebra/quagga mussels.

Again, our meeting will be held in MAC 201 from 3:00pm-4:00pm.  We look forward to seeing everyone!


UPDATE: September 11th Meeting recap


As announced, we had aquatic ecologist Solomon David come in to speak with us at yesterday’s meeting.  Right now Solomon is a field researcher for the Shedd Aquarium, and much of his work is focused on the Great Lakes.  He covered two studies he is currently working on in and around the Green Bay area.  The first was on the reemergence of lake whitefish in the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Michigan.  The lake whitefish migrations abruptly stopped near 100 years ago due to habitat loss, and within the last 5 to 10 years began moving back into the rivers to spawn.  He is working to find out what is causing the whitefish to migrate again, and if there are any differences between lake and river spawners.

The second project he discussed was his research on the effects of dam removal and habitat restoration on northern pike.  Some questions he is seeking to answer include: How quickly do migratory fish utilize newly available habitat?  How does habitat restoration compare to natural wetlands?  This is the project that Solomon has been collaborating with UWGB students on.  The fieldwork includes noting the locations of adult pike in tributaries and ditches, as well as capturing and measuring a subset of spawning adults.  A portion of this study also includes setting out box traps at tributary confluences/key areas to count & measure YOY pike and other species.

In addition to Solomon’s talk, we brought up the possibility of traveling to the Sturgeon Bay DNR’s Strawberry Creek weir to help some fish biologists conduct data and egg collections for Chinook salmon this October.  If anyone is interested in this, please email cotta01@uwgb.edu for further details.


Guest Speaker Solomon David

NOTE: This week’s meeting will be held in MAC 301 Vista.  Next week, the meetings will resume in MAC 201 for the rest of the semester.
NEW solomon UWGB Team Pike
Solomon David (center) with the UWGB field crew from 2013 season
On Thursday, September 11th, we will be having guest speaker Solomon David come in to talk with us about his Great Lakes research that deals with Northern Pike migration and habitat restoration.  Overall, his work focuses on migratory patterns of nearshore fishes in Lake Michigan and what role this migration plays in the ecosystems of the Great Lakes.  He collaborates with UWGB for the part of his work that focuses on northern pike habitat use after the dam removal on Duck Creek – a tributary of Green Bay.
Solomon is an aquatic ecologist, and his current position is as a postdoctoral research associate at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL.  Solomon holds a PhD and M.S. in aquatic conservation ecology, which he obtained from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment.
Solomon also has a strong passion for the primitive fishes, so I’m sure he will slip some interesting gar, bowfin, (maybe another species?!?!) information into his talk.
We hope to see you all there!

SRD UWGB Field Crew 2014 - Gars

Solomon with part of the field crew from 2014 field season

Pike River Revival

On September 20th, the annual Pike River Revival, located at Petrifying Springs Park, will be taking place in Kenosha, WI from 8:00am-3:00pm.  This will be the fifth year of the event, and they partner with the Wisconsin DNR and the Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation Association.  The goal of the clean-up is to restore the river’s natural beauty and essence, and to make it more enjoyable for those who are active on the trails, as well as those who enjoy the park by water.  
The process involves removing any trash found in and along the water, as well as any log jams that prevent fish (specifically salmon) from getting to their natural spawning areas.  You are welcome to wear waders, but don’t feel the need if you don’t have them.  Some other recommended items to bring include: gloves, boots, a rake/reacher stick, or even a canoe/kayak for larger sections of the river.
If anyone would like to go, email cotta01@uwgb.edu and we can get a group together to participate in this awesome event!
Fore more information and photos of last year’s Revival, visit: www.kenoshasportfishing.com/pike-river-revival/

UPDATE: September 4th meeting recap


NOTE: The meeting next week will be held in MAC 301 Vista.  For the rest of the year, the meetings will continue to be in MAC 201.

We had a great first meeting hearing from and talking with Titus Seilheimer.  He shared in detail on his many experiences while in college, and the different positions he held afterwards.  One of the first things Titus participated in was an internship through The SCA while still a college student.  This is something we can get involved with now, and is an excellent way to see what working in the field is all about.  He also mentioned that networking and getting to know as many people as you can is a huge asset, seeing that some of his positions came about this way.  Note that he also had an education and experience under his belt.

Titus started his first postdoc at Oklahoma State in a project leadership role, and continued that at the NY Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Unit.  He then moved on to do his third postdoc (!) with the US Forest Service.  The above photo shows Titus explaining his use of the Vegetation Change Tracker algorithm in GIS.  He now works for the UW Sea Grant, focusing on outreach to the public, research, and education.

It was great to see everyone yesterday!