Eastern and SOSU joined together to host the annual Fall Festival on October 29th. Approximately 200 were in attendance including students, friends and family members who participated in fun and games for the children and bingo for the older attendees. Cash door prize winners are: Amanda Joslin, Cherie McClellen, Cody Allen, Brittany Mintz, Brandi Hess, and Payton Hamilton.
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From left to right: Dr. Chris T. McAllister (EOSC-Idabel), Uland Thomas (Chicago, IL), Bob Hrabik (Mo Dept. of Conservation), Dr. Dave Neely (Tennessee Aquarium), Dr. Henry Robison (Sherwood, AR), Dave Herzog (Mo Dept. of Conservation), David Ostendorf (Mo Dept. of Conservation).
Dr. Chris T. McAllister (EOSC-Idabel Biology Professor) and several colleagues went on a Fall break collecting trip to survey fishes in eastern Arkansas, Oct. 15-18.
The purpose of the trip were threefold: (1) collect fishes for photography in the upcoming book, 2nd Edition of Fishes of Arkansas by Robison and Buchanan, (2) survey fishes for helminth parasites (some of which are new species), and (3) discover new geographic distribution records for select fishes.
Three members of the Missouri Department of Conservation and Dr. Mac’s colleagues (see group picture) collected fishes in the Mississippi River out of Osceola, AR using a boat electrofisher and a Missouri trawl (middle photo). Several species were collected including shovelnose sturgeon (bottom photo).
All three purposes were accomplished and several publications in the scientific literature are expected from this field outing. “This is a great example of cooperative work between the college and outside state agencies,” McAllister said.