SPOKANE — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will dedicate a new regional fish and wildlife science laboratory in a public ceremony Monday, Aug. 24, at its Eastern Region office complex in Spokane Valley.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., in front of the complex at 2315 North Discovery Place. The building is located in the Mirabeau Point development, north of Interstate 90, between Evergreen and Pine roads, off Mirabeau Parkway.
The facility, built with a $1.89 million capital budget allocation approved by the state Legislature, will be dedicated to former Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Fred Shiosaki of Spokane.
“This project would not have been completed without the leadership, support and advocacy of former commissioner Shiosaki,” said Regional Director John Andrews.
WDFW Interim Director Phil Anderson will lead the dedication ceremony, and local staff will conduct a public tour of the new lab building, which also includes fish and wildlife law enforcement evidence storage and department lands maintenance facilities. The building is the second phase of the department’s regional headquarters complex. An administrative office building was completed and dedicated in 2005.
“This state-of-the-art facility allows us to conduct science-based, natural-resource conservation and management work safely and professionally,” Andrews said.
Biologists use the lab to:
- Prepare animal tissue samples for testing for chronic wasting disease, avian influenza, and other diseases, and DNA analysis.
- Analyze fish samples to determine age, sex, diet and body condition for studies of various species.
- Perform necropsies on animal carcasses to determine cause of death or body condition.
- Conduct experiments to learn more about wildlife health issues such as deer hair-loss syndrome.
- Test for parasites, common diseases and other conditions.
- Maintain an animal blood sample library to track diseases and other conditions.
- Prepare and store vegetation samples to analyze their value to wildlife nutrition and productivity.