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Educating Kids on Fishing and Ecology: SOLitude Lake Management Volunteered at Two Events
At Heritage Day at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA on April 6, the SOLitude team hosted an educational booth. They taught school-aged children about the native fish and invertebrate species in their area. The children could see and learn about these animals in the fish tank at the booth. The team also showed children about the importance of gathering aquatic scientific data through electrofishing, which is a process with a specialized boat that allows a fisheries biologist to measure, quantify, and possibly tag fish that live in a particular waterbody.
At the Family and Youth Casting Call at Fletcher's Boat House in Washington, D.C on the C&O Canal, June 13-14, the team pre-stocked the canal with catfish in order to teach the children how to “catch and release” fish. The team worked one-on-one with school-aged children to teach fishing skills and also hosted a booth with a “shad spawning game,” which taught the children about the difficult and dangerous journey the shad face to journey upriver to lay their eggs.
“We all find these outdoor education opportunities so personally enriching,” said Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Regional Manager. “Most of us found our love of nature at a young age, and, it is rewarding to share our passion with these amazing and smart children.”
For the second consecutive year, SOLitude volunteered at both events. Ms. Junior volunteered at the Family and Youth Casting Call for the past four years.
The SOLution is a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s company leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable”
Since 1998, SOLitude Lake Management has been committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Our services include lake, pond and fisheries management programs, algae and aquatic weed control, installation of fountains and aeration systems, water quality testing and restoration, bathymetry, lake vegetation studies, habitat assessments and nuisance wildlife management. We are the second largest distributor of AquaMaster fountains and aerators internationally and in the U.S. Lake and pond management services are available throughout the Eastern United States. Fisheries management consulting and aquatic products are available nationwide. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at www.solitudelakemanagement.com.