Veterans’ Fishing Event at Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery
by Phil Wyde
Fifteen people showed up to fish at the morning session. Of the 15, 4 were wives and 6 were children. Everyone had a grand time and expressed their delight with their fishing experience.
Twenty-two people showed up to fish at the afternoon session. Of the 22, 6 were veterans, 7 were wives or husbands, 6 were children. The remainder were buddies of the vets. As in the morning session, everyone had access to ice, water and transport to and from their fishing spots. Each group, again as in the morning, had a Friends of Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery (FOIDNFH) assistant that helped net the fish that the visitor caught, helped them remove hooks from the fish and helped them in any way that they could. Everyone of the participants said that they had a wonderful time and asked about when other Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery (IDNFH( events would take place.
All those that came really were delighted and left glowing. The children were particularly ecstatic and I think “hooked” for life on fishing. The low number of attendees was good in one way. It was relatively easy to maintain COVID19 safety protocols. Hatchery staff present on both Friday and Saturday were extraordinarily helpful in getting everything ready!
Photo by P. Wyde, more images to come
New Pavilion at Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery – A Joint Venture
The joint project between Friends of Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery (FOIDNFH) & Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program (HLMN) is moving forward, despite COVID-19, spring flooding, and literally “road blocks” (paving project throughout Hatchery facility). The Interpretive Pavilion, a metal shade structure, was erected several weeks ago. Volunteers recently added gravel flooring and a walkway entrance attached to the Pollinator Garden. Benches, courtesy of Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery (IDNFH), were assembled. More volunteer opportunities will be available with additional interpretive walkways. Plans to add signage/outreach materials, and additional native trees, shrubs & plants are also in the works.
The FOIDFH Pollinator Garden Committee requested this partnership with HLMN and received approval for the project. The Interpretive Pavilion and Pollinator Garden Project supports the Texas Master Naturalist Program mission statement. HLMN members look forward to participation in this ongoing venture with the Hatchery Friends. Linda O’Nan, Jerry Stacy
Virtual Get Together – collage
Awards Ceremony and Christmas Party
Photos by Mark Stracke. Click images to enlarge
Christmas at Candlelight Ranch
Photos by Martelle Luedecke. Click on images to enlarge.
Field Trip and Volunteer Service Project at Dinosaur Valley State Park
The Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery Friends Group is starting a new Archery Program. These photos show the new back stop that will be used in the Program and a few of the people that are working to get the Program off the ground.