Invasivores Unite: Eat invasive species, save the world

Author: Patrick Cooney Artist: Henry Hershey (twitter: @spoonbill_hank; insta: @hanks_fish_art) Invasivore: A person who eats invasive species to reduce the ecological impact of invaders. Bad news Humans are to blame for the spread of aquatic invasive species across the globe.  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) says, “Aquatic nuisance species are spread many ways…

Woman scientist of color blazes path for others

Guest Author: Christina Uh Editor: Patrick Cooney Resilience. What does this word mean to you? To me it means overcoming obstacles that obstruct your mission, your goal, your purpose.  It is your ability to succeed in the face of adversity; it is your power to be adaptable, strong, and tough. I am of Mayan and…

9 Key Principles for Instructors to Help Students Learn

Guest Author: Dr. Don Orth Editor: Patrick Cooney We are all teachers and learners, albeit too often flawed, slow learners. Here, pictured with a filmstrip projector, I listened as the Beatles sang “You say you want a revolution. Well, you know. We all want to change the world.” (John Lennon / Paul McCartney Revolution lyrics…

What is Bowfishing?

 Guest Author: Jason Emmel Editor: Patrick Cooney WHAT IS BOWFISHING? It’s not really fishing in the traditional sense.  It’s not really bowhunting either.  Bowfishing is somewhere in-between and the basic principle is quite simple.  You spot a fish lurking in the shallows, carefully move in closer, draw back your specially equipped bow and arrow, take…

The Future of Field Notes

Guest Author: Jennifer Cochran Biederman Editor: Patrick Cooney My father was a field biologist, fish professor, and natural historian down to his DNA. Most evenings, he’d make his way from the dinner table directly to his chair in the living room. It was his spot – surrounded by not-so-neatly arranged stacks of exams to grade,…

Beavers are fish? During Lent they are, and so are other weird creatures.

By Patrick Cooney We know just how important fish are for all you folks waking up this morning with a raging headache after a Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday bender.  Just ask McDonalds how important fish are during this time of year…they sell 25% of all Filet-o-Fish sandwiches during the 40 day Lent period. Besides fish, did…

Bring Out Your Dead: Donation of fish carcasses supports community

Guest Author: Henry Hershey Editor: Patrick Cooney Open up the chest freezer at a fish biology  lab and you will find a frosty collection of funky smelling specimens: maybe an old green sunfish that did not quite break the state record, or a tote full of rotten walleye from an old gillnet survey. To a…