Dispatches for Jan. 31


Hatchery, volunteering topics for program

Steve Franks, manager of the Satsop Springs Hatchery and member of the Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force, will be the featured speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

Franks will talk about the work the hatchery staff is doing, and the volunteer opportunities available in the area.

He also will talk about the task force, one of 14 regional fisheries enhancement groups in the state. The groups are a network of nonprofit organizations that perform community-based salmon enhancement projects to restore salmon populations and habitat in their regions.

The meeting will be at 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. The general meeting starts at 7 p.m., with Franks’ presentation at 8 p.m.

For more information, go to sschapterpsa.com.

Audubon meeting

Pair will share foreign birding experiences

Sheila McCartan and Tom Schooley will talk about birding in Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of Venezuela at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Black Hills Audubon Society.

The small islands are home to more than 420 species of birds. In addition, McCartan and Schooley will talk about the important conservation work and education programs of the Asa Wright Nature Center.

The program is open to all. The society’s program meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, except March, July and August.

The program will be held at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia. There will be a social time at 7 p.m., with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about the chapter at blackhills-audubon.org.

Jim Unsworth

New director starts

at Fish and Wildlife

Jim Unsworth begins his new job this week as the director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Unsworth was chosen Jan. 10 by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to lead the agency of more than 1,600 employees and a biennial operating budget of $376 million. Prior to coming to Washington, the 57-year-old Unsworth was the deputy director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

He takes over for Phil Anderson, who announced last August that was retiring at the end of the year. At the request of the commission, Anderson stayed on until the director was hired.

In his new position, Unsworth will be paid $146,500.

He has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University and a doctorate in forestry, wildlife and range sciences from the University of Idaho.

Unsworth and his wife, Michele, have four adult children. He is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com