All The Fish

Fishing for a Connection

woman fishing on a dock
Riley takes a cast into Anchorage’s Little Campbell Lake. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
young child in a canoe with grandmother
grandmother in a flower garden
Left: Riley and her grandmother, Nancy, in her canoe in 1999 (📷 Whitney Family) Right: Nancy in her garden in 2019 (📷 Gray Whitney)
Young people outside in mountainous terrain
2 young women in a canoe
Young people wearing construction hats and carrying shovels
Left: elevateHER participants hiking in the San Isabel National Forest (📷elevateHER/Riley Whitney) Center: Paddling on the Rio Grande River near Taos, NM (📷 elevateHER) Right: Volunteering with a Forest Service trail crew near Mount Elbert, CO (📷 elevateHER)
young woman in a snowy environment wearing a USFWS hat
Riley Whitney joined Anchorage’s Urban Fishing Program in spring of 2020 as the lead Fishing Intern. 📷 Gray Whitney
kids bobber fishing off a dock
Young girl sitting on a dock fishing
Fishing new water near home instills a sense of wonder in many Anchorage kids. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich

“Some of the participants haven’t had the opportunity to connect with Alaska via fish—to feel amazed by them, catch them, and consume them. This program offers that opportunity. I hope it encourages young people to connect with the world around them in a new way, fosters a sense of competence and confidence, and maybe even sparks an interest in future work in an outdoor or science-related field. Most importantly, I hope they have fun.”

Mom and daughter fishing a lake
young girl holding a trout by a lake
New anglers try their hand at fishing in Anchorage, Alaska. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
two people share a drawing of a fish over zoom
Virtual programming in 2020 included a session about drawing salmon with USFWS Visual Information Specialist Sara Wolman.
screen shot of a zoom presentation with kids watching
One of the weekly topics covered virtually during the COVID pandemic in 2020/2021.
young woman holding a fish by a lake
Riley and her first fish in Alaska after a year of virtual programming. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
girl holding a small fish
A bobber fishing success on an Anchorage lake. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
boy holding a small fish with a group of kids behind him
Fishing brings out a smile in Anchorage, Alaska. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
young woman giving a thumbs up online
Riley connects with Anchorage youth on Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich

How do Alaska’s wild places sustain you?

What’s your foremost concern about Alaska’s wildlife resources?

When I’m not at work, I’m…

What’s the greatest misconception people have about Alaska?

What’s a particularly treasured memory you have about Alaska or your job?

What advice would you give someone interested in a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

What wildlife species particularly impresses you?

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