The NMFH Visitor Education Center gave participants young and
young at heart the opportunity to create environmentally
friendly bird feeders from materials found around the
home. From orange peels to paper towel rolls and cardboard boxes,
participants of all ages were able to create these
treats while learning fun facts about some of the birds
they will see in their yards throughout the year!
The NMFH VEC Pumpkin Painting Program was well attended by young
artists with great painting skills. After the program,
participants and parents tested their hunting skills in the
scavenger hunt! For pictures of this colorful (and
creepy) event, see the photo section.
History of Enid Lake
Mike Robinson, Supervisory Ranger for the USACE at Enid Lake,
took participants on a trip back to 1947 when construction of Enid
Dam started. Having pictures, memorabilia, and a
wealth of knowledge from that day, Robinson answered questions and
told many stories about obstacles the workers
faced. Those attending the program learned about the changes
that took place then and the changes soon to take place at the
Ford's Well recreation area. "My dad worked on the lake during the
construction; alot of the tales and the history that I know about
the lake came from him," Mike Robinson told those in the audience.
This enlightening and "entertaining" program illustrated how
Enid Lake has changed from merely flood control to recreation.
(In the history of the dam,
the emergency spillway has
experienced flow four times 1973, 1983, 1991, and 2002.)
2012 Nursing Home Rodeo
This year the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor
Education Center hosted its first Nursing Home Rodeo. Some
anglers were able to show the VEC staff a trick or two and were
able to share some interesting fish stories. Other anglers
had never been fishing but were able to land several catfish!
See our photo gallery for more images of this fun-filled
2012 Youth Fishing Rodeo
If you missed the Youth Fishing Rodeo on May 19th, be sure
to "catch" us next year! To see all the anglers and their
catches visit our Fishing Rodeos page in the
featured topics section and our photo
gallery. The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor
Education Center had hundreds of young people landing
catfish in the rodeo pond and participating in the
Bowfishing activities. So much going on in one day, you will
have to see the pictures to believe it!
Fish Predators Program
Lurking in and around Mississippi rivers, lakes, and ponds
are many predators for the fish raised at the North
Mississippi Fish Hatchery. The Fish Predators Program on May
5th allowed participants to learn about fish hunters
like alligator snapping turtles, bald eagles, lesser sirens,
alligators, and gar! Kids young and old were able to see the
skull of a 12-foot alligator taken in one of the MDWFP drawn
hunts last year and see pictures of the giant alligator
gar caught in 2011 weighing 327 lbs. along with much
more! Many kids are glad they are one of the
predators instead of the prey!
WOW! Wonders of Wetlands - Teacher's
Thank you to Megan Fredrick for presenting the WOW! Wonders of
Wetlands Teachers Workshop at the Education Center. This
event allowed local teachers of all grade levels to
participate in this 6 hour workshop and receive CEUs from
As seen above, teachers participated in hands-on activities,
searching for signs of wildlife and macroinvertebrates living
in and around the Center pond and habitat area.
Kid's Fish ID Program
The Fish Identification Program on April 14th was a good
start to many kids' fishing season! MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Josh
Howell covered many of the fish species young anglers
will hook at Enid Lake and other areas around the state. He
also gave participants pointers on
identifying the invasive Asian Carp. Those who did not
know about these fish will now be on the lookout! These young
people were able to ask questions and later shared a few fish
stories of their own.
The Pond Management Workshop was attended by owners with many
pond problems ranging from alligator weed to snapping turtles.
MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Keith Meals covered these and
other areas. Participants received pointers on managing their
ponds for some great bass and bream fishing.
The Jig-Tying seminar presented by Gwin Jackson on March 3rd was
well-attended by adults and youth who watched Jackson create
his jigs, then tied jigs with the colors of their choosing.
Below Trace Ramage (age 10), Nathan Ramage (age 6), and Hayden and
Lee Jackson (ages 13 & 6) are hard at work creating jigs that
may land the next record!
Participants were able to talk to Jackson about his techniques,
materials, and his most successful jigs. According to Jackson, the
orange, black, and chartreuse are the winning crappie colors!