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Bio for Brenda Beckley

Aquatic Education Supervisor, Idaho Department Of Fish And Game

Brenda is the Aquatic Education Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. She helps people learn how to fish and teaches others about fish and their habitats. She has worked for the department for 14 years.

Brenda grew up in Idaho and has lived in the Northern, Southern and Eastern part of the state! As a child she collected bird's nests and rocks - and she still does! One of her favorite activities is swimming underwater with a mask to view fish. She loves to garden with native plants that attract quail and other wildlife to her yard. She lives with her husband and her two boys. Her family loves to play outdoors boating, fishing and camping in the summertime.

Brenda earned a degree in Natural Resource Science, majoring in Wildlife Management, from Washington State University in Pullman. She is a certified Interpreter and Master Gardener.

Bio for Jeff Heindel

Fish Hatcheries Supervisor, Idaho Department Of Fish And Game

Jeff Heindel is a Fish Hatcheries Supervisor for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and works out of the Fisheries Bureau office in Boise, Idaho. The vast majority of Jeff's 19-year career with the agency has been involved in the care of Idaho's most endangered of salmon species: Snake River sockeye salmon.

Jeff's love of the outdoors developed while growing up in Southwest Idaho. He spent countless days as a youth fishing Idaho's many lakes, streams and reservoirs in pursuit of the critters he has committed his entire adult life to studying: fish!

Jeff graduated from Borah High School in 1985 and earned his Bachelor's of Science from Boise State University in 1995. Jeff lives in Middleton with his wife, three children, two dogs, one cat, one horse, two goats, and twenty-something chickens . . . oh, and an aquarium with 10 FISH!!

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