The Grayling Fish Hatchery, Anglers of the Au Sable, and Lake Superior State University’s (LSSU) Center for Freshwater Research and Education partnered to create an environment to learn, discover, and conserve. Each year, the Anglers fund the Anglers of the Au Sable Coldwater Ecology Early Career Summer Fellowship, which supports a LSSU undergraduate student to work at the Grayling Fish Hatchery on priority research issues relayed to the Au Sable River and the hatchery. Priority projects focus on coldwater aquatic ecology salmonid production dynamics research, as well as community engagement activities to support conservation of the Au Sable River system. This unique partnership provides novel, real-world training.
Meet the Fellows
Summer 2020 – Julia Grenn
I am Biology major with minors in environmental policy and aquaponics production. My purpose this summer includes authoring an operations manual and enhancing community outreach initiatives. Commissioning a mural, installing a live-streaming trout camera, establishing a new visitors center, and writing nearly 30 educational signs for the center and self-guided tour are examples of some of my outreach projects. My favorite thing to do at the hatchery is hanging out with our turtles who live in the turtle sanctuary.
Summer 2021 – Kathleen Gerard
I am pursuing a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. My purpose this summer includes maintaining and improving the hatchery, developing more community outreach initiatives like the “Bug Spot”, and creating a guide for how to conduct research at the hatchery. My favorite thing to do at the hatchery is working with the trout – both wild and in our raceways!