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  • So Many Thanks- NANFA 98 Meeting
    Fish Heads 98 so memorable We thank the Tennessee Aquarium for donating our passes and providing a meeting room We also thank Chris Coco Stephanie Brough and Darlene Walder for taking the time on a Friday night to show us their impressive facility Stephanie gets an extra thanks from me for supplying information on the Aquarium s exhibits and reviewing this manuscript We thank our many donors Memphis Net and Twine fish potholders Penn Plax aquarium supplies Windsor Nature Discovery fish posters Garold W Sneegas photographs Joseph R Tomelleri artwork Tennessee Valley Authority posters Virginia Tech posters and video Chattanooga Bakery Moon Pies McKee Bakery Little Debbie snacks R C Steele fish foods and supplies Hagen aquarium supplies Rainbow Plastics Filter Division fluidized bed filter Ginger fish foods and filter cartridges Hikari fish foods Perfecto powerhead and UG filter Jungle water conditioners Scott Mettee sturgeon t shirts Peter Unmack Arizona fish posters Florida State Marine Lab posters Chattanooga Coca Cola Bottling Company refreshments Market 212 dinner Aquatic Promotions Cichlid News magazine and the Chattanooga Choo Choo room discounts We thank our speakers especially Dr David Etnier for leading our Saturday collecting trip But most of all we thank the one

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  • Meeting Report, Portland OR 1997
    by members of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Sedro Woolley WA John said he would hand deliver Konrad s gifts Dan then introduced the speakers whose talks and slide presentations lasted until mid afternoon They were John Bondhus History of NANFA Jay DeLong Observations of South Carolina Stream Fishes Dan Logan Fishes and Fishing in Aboriginal Klamath Basin Lisa Hayashi Indigenous Freshwater Fishes of Hawaii Joe Middleton Aquarium Rearing of Marine Invertebrates of Oregon s Rocky Intertidal Zone Louise Christensen Zak Strategies for Maintaining Biodiversity and Our Quality of Life Jennifer Bayer Columbia River Minnows Amy Luedtke The Dos and Don ts of Releasing Fish We then drew the winning fish art raffle winners and they were 1st prize Bob Moody Lanesboro MN 2nd prize Dennis Brown Mendota Heights MN 3rd prize Eric Isaacson El Cajon CA 4th prize Leonard Juska Costa Mesa CA We then embarked on a naturalist led tour through the Oak Bottoms a Portland nature preserve During the day we enjoyed looking at several aquaria containing native and introduced minnows sticklebacks sculpins catfish sunfish mosquitofish and killifish all caught in Oregon lakes and streams Also on display was a beautifully planted aquarium brought by Shawn Van Doren and highlighted by colorful Mexican goodeids We also enjoyed browsing a table covered with donated aquarium and fish related items in preparation for their auction NANFA members each chose one item free before the auction Surprisingly not a single member objected to this Steve Lundblad played the part of auctioneer and everyone had a good time bidding on their favorite items Money raised through the auction will be used to fund our regional newsletter Day one ended with a delicious dinner prepared by Dan s wife Christine and her culinary assistants Dan s parents The highlight of the

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  • Meeting Report, New Orleans LO 1996
    native fish species From the freshwater sites we collected a small alligator gar Atractosteus spatula three or four species of sunfish pygmy sunfish Elassoma zonatum least killifish Heterandria formosa three Fundulus species F chrysotus F notti and F olivaceus pirate perch Aphredoderus sayanus shadow bass Ambloplites ariommus and mosquitofish Gambusia affinis The fresh to brackish water sites yielded an impressive diversity of species We were especially impresed with the wild type green sailfin mollies Poecilia latipinna These came from Lake Ponchartrain where the species was first collected and described Later we collected gulf killifish Fundulus grandis rainwater killifish Lucania parva and sheepshead topminnow Cyprinodon variegatus We also collected a few specimens of the Gulf pipefish Syngnathus scovelli This species is a member of the seahorse family and several of the males we caught were carrying eggs Plants we observed included Bacopa Ludwigia Naja hornwort and the carnivorous pitcher plant That same weekend the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists ASIH were in New Orleans for their convention The group was kind enough to provide us with a room in which we could hold a cocktail party and spend time with the NANFA members who were also with ASIH but were unable to join us for our other activities There was plenty of food beer and soft drinks available as well as the company of plenty of fishy characters Sunday morning was reserved for rest and relaxation and the preparations for the NANFA cookout that afternoon Everyone met at my house for a feast of New Orleans boiled crawfish Cajun jambalaya sandwiches barbecued hamburgers and other goodies At about 3 p m we held the raffle drawing The top prize was a beautiful 5 piece set of darter prints signed and numbered by the artist NANFA member Joe Tomelleri which he

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  • NANFA Regional Representative Program
    once a year Ideally this communication will relate to an upcoming trip the results of an event or to otherwise communicate information regarding activities in the region This will allow information to be shared better with other members via the website American Currents or any other means The Regional Representative is also required to respond in a timely manner to surveys or other communications required to support Outreach Program operations Additional Representative Requirements NANFA strongly encourages regional reps to undertake activities to promote the organization and its goals to the general public To this end the Representative is expected to fulfill to the greatest extent possible all of the following major requirements Proactive Activities In additiion to the minimum event requirement noted above the Representative will proactively promote the NANFA organization and its goals by establishing communications with other organizations and institutions through the arrangement of activities designed to broaden local participation Communication The Representative is part of the Outreach Program network an informal e mail based communication network that is beingorganized for the purpose of discussing matters of mutual interest to compare notes on activities and ideas for promoting NANFA and where appropriate to coordinate field activities Management The

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  • The NANFA Contact
    their habitats and collecting locales collecting regulations etc Usually these questions will be from visitors to NANFA s website who see your name listed under the Contacts page The goal of the Contact position is to extend NANFA s message by providing multiple points through which people can learn about the organization By becoming a NANFA contact you can contribute in a meaningful way to NANFA s future success with

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  • Cahaba River NANFA Trip, October 2002
    being yet another gathering of the ancient ones he broke out the backpack shocker and started making the fish dance The quest begins L R Casper Bruce Stallsmith Huntsville AL Stott Noble Birmingham AL The first catch L R Casper Stott Prez Casper Stott attempt to rival SE radio s Rick n Bubba as the two sexiest fat men in the world You make the call According to the date some would be artist left this message under the bridge almost a year to the day from our visit I t was apparent by the rope swing hanging from a nearby tree that one of the larger pools also served as a swimming hole for the locals One of them arrived just before we left putting the swing to good use His dog looked like a black Lab but I m sure it was a Fish Retriever joined him for a swim Later a couple of mud splattered ATV riders stopped to watch us from the bridge Casper left fills his cooler as one of the locals trains his Fish Retriever Photo by Bruce Stallsmith as Stott left and Steven Ellis Kennesaw GA look on Photo by Bruce Stallsmith At that location we found largescale stoneroller Campostoma oligolepis Alabama shiner Cyprinella callistia tricolor shiner C trichroistia blacktail shiner C venusta silverstripe shiner Notropis stilbius riffle minnow Phenacobius catostomus creek chub Semotilus atromaculatus Alabama hog sucker Hypentelium etowanum black redhorse Moxostoma duquesnei blackspotted topminnow Fundulus olivaceus mosquitofish Gambusia affinis undescribed sculpin Cottus sp cf carolinae green sunfish Lepomis cyanellus bluegill L macrochirus longear sunfish L megalotis redspotted sunfish L miniatus redeye bass Micropterus coosae redspot darter Etheostoma artesiae Alabama darter E ramseyi Mobile logperch Percina kathae blackbanded darter P nigrofasciata We could have spent the whole day there it was such a great spot It was close to 4PM by the time we reached our second stop Turkey Creek at Tapawingo Spring Jefferson Co AL Our site at Turkey Creek put us right at the mouth of Tapawingo Spring As the rest of the group worked downstream Casper and I donned the wetsuits to use the remaining daylight for snorkeling The right fork of the stream apparently led directly to the spring as the water was ice cold Casper was braver than I so I thankfully yielded that side of the fork to him while I took the wider fork of the main stream where the water was much more to my liking Multi tasking in the field Dave Neely does the darter dance while running the shocker at the same time Kids don t try this at home L R Casper Steven Dave Neely Tuscaloosa AL Photo by Bruce Stallsmith L R Stott Casper Dave Steven Photo by Bruce Stallsmith Casper must have caught some of the current on this one L R Casper Dave Steven Photo by Bruce Stallsmith Steven left Casper snorkeling in Turkey Creek Photo by Bruce Stallsmith Time underwater just vanishes at an astonishing rate and

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  • NANFA Little River Trip, Alabama, May 2002
    Percina palmaris Federally protected blue shiner Cyprinella caerulea released intact immediately after photo From left Steven Ellis Kennesaw GA Bruce Stallsmith Huntsville AL Andrea Haney photo L R Bruce Stallsmith Steven Ellis Casper Cox Andrea Haney photo Casper Cox aka the Snorkelmeister scouts the fishes as Steven Ellis works the dipnet Andrea Haney photo While we collected Anthony Haney Ellenwood GA took a swim with his boys Austin center and Matthew In the wider places the current wasn t too strong but it was still not easy to remain in one spot without holding onto something In the shallow riffles however I had to really hang on to keep from being tossed around That s where we began to find the shiners and darters some of the latter displaying brilliant coloring At the edge of a reedy area a small turtle swam right in front of my mask I grabbed it quickly and turned to show Casper only to find him coming toward me with the exact same kind What are the chances of that We reached a spot where the river forked around the park The descent begins with a stretch of surprisingly swift water where the channel narrows The stones on the bottom are mostly smooth so it s possible to ride it out without injury Nevertheless I went down feet first through the roughest part As soon as I dared I switched back to the head first position Wow What a ride No theme park ever came up with a ride like this I suddenly found myself flying though a narrow chute dodging underwater logs and boulders wishing that I had a video camera strapped on cause stopping was not an option All too soon the stream broadened out again and the current relented giving me a placid drift back into the picnic area For Memorial Day weekend the crowd was surprisingly small but the bubba factor was still in effect I was certain that I had spotted Jabba the Hutt among the swimmers until it bellowed Day um it s cold Bruce found me as I exited the stream and we returned to the picnic tables to wait for Casper who emerged shortly afterwards My daughter and her family showed up about that time After about a million rapid questions from the grandkids they headed to the water which they found a bit too chilly In order to collect we had to go outside the park boundary Trying to walk in the river proved much more difficult than snorkeling it Round slick stones reminiscent of the Little Sequatchie challenged every step Still we came away with some AL shiners various darters and a quick look at a spectacular blue shiner My two grandsons were delighted to have their picture taken with the President of NANFA As the daylight faded I headed back to GA tired and pleased This place is so close I know I ll be back soon Steven A Ellis Kennesaw GA Casper Cox adds his account of his adventures in the day after their outing I decided to spend another day in the area After a evening meal with president Bruce and our good bye I booked a room and did a short run to Ft Payne for an airpump toothbrush and clothing since I had not originally intended on staying overnight K mart had a nice 1 gallon acrylic tank w an airpump tubing airstone hood and under gravel filter with the gravel for 10 bucks It makes a good travel tank even better if I had a lighted hood They make a bigger one which I will check out later perhaps its hood is lighted Sunday Full Moon May 26 That morning I ate a good country breakfast and headed to a site I had scouted before It is at a bridge located next to an old brick African American church While putting on my gear I meet a church elder as he was about to ring the big cast iron church bell We talked a bit about life and growing up playing in the creeks fishing and getting baptized in the pool just downstream He told me the stream was much wider and had deep pools before the roads and building all pushed in its sides I thought a lot about that during the day and mankind s impact on natural sites He invited me to a late afternoon picnic celebrating the church s 120 year anniversary I m sure it would have been very good but with all my gear on I would have left quite a puddle on the dining hall s floor I had a lot of sites I wanted to visit this beautiful day and once my gear is on it stays on I appreciated his Christian southern hospitality with not a hint of the always media mentioned racism Church dinners are one of the best places to get a home cooked meal and with all those pie baking ladies out to impress your in for a good meal and fellowship The church is right by the highway where 2 spring fed creeks converge Clear water flows through grasses mint cattails and watercress tho it is a bit trashed out as it flows though the center of this small town Still I immediately observed lots of unknown small fry of which I collected a few and have put them in a flowing pool next to my cement pond proper Perhaps they will develop and I will ID them later A single male Mountain Shiner with his hot white blue head rode the flow A speckled Darter danced on the silty sand and plenty of Coosa Darters appeared a very close kin to my TN Snubnoses Big suckers or Red Horses I still can t ID them yet lounged about Bass and Sunfish I didn t pay attention to which species they were as I was keen on the active shiners A few Rainbows Creek Chubs Black

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  • Sipsey River, Alabama, August 4, 2001 (NANFA)
    sized secondary growth hardwood forest While the gang sampled the creek I got some lunch going with excellent assistance from Coby Pork chops with spiced potatoes mushrooms and onions Steve had brought red hots baked beans and cream sodas A few illicit beverages were consumed to thumb a symbolic nose at Winston County Borden Creek where we camped and collected a variety of interesting fishes it s in the Sipsey Wilderness Bruce Stallsmith photo Borden Creek This shot was taken fron the bridge that we camped beneath just before nightfall Casper is barely visible in the lower right Steven Ellis photo I took Tony back into town to his motel and met the gang back out by the river After hanging out by the fire for a while Casper Coby and I walked about a quarter mile of stream looking for snapping turtles or fun stuff out and about The full moon made for easy mid stream walking except for a couple problematic rocks Campsite beside Borden Creek Saturday evening L R Coby Cox celebrating his 13th birthday Casper Cox Dave Neely Bruce Stallsmith Tony from Thailand It turns out that our friend Dave is also an excellent cook Steven Ellis photo Species List for Borden Creek Winston County Alabama Campostoma oligolepis Cyprinella callistia Cyprinella venusta Notropis asperifrons Notropis stilbius Phenacobius catostomus Fundulus olivaceus Ambloplites ariommus Lepomis macrochirus Lepomis megalotis Micropterus punctulatus Etheostoma sp cf zonistium Etheostoma douglasi Etheostoma stigmaeum Etheostoma whipplei Percina kathae Percina nigrofasciata Percina shumardi A nice shadow bass that I took home Steven Ellis photo Dave Neely right imparts some ID tips to Patrick Vinas Steven Ellis photo Next morning I drove into town and picked up Tony then brought him back to the campsite in time for omlettes with fresh chanterelles courtesy of Casper Excellent We headed out deciding to try a fun cold water site a bit to the south first crystal clear water and minimal silt it s amazing how an intact watershed will retain sediment leaving the stream s gravel silt free Hendricks Mill Branch at mouth Blount County Alabama Campostoma oligolepis Cyprinella callistia Luxilus chrysocephalus Notropis chrosomus Notropis stilbius Cottus sp cf carolinae Etheostoma douglasi Percina nigrofasciata Here the camera also seemed interested in something else but you can still see good detail on these 3 Tuskaloosa darters Steven Ellis photo Tony and I parted ways with Casper and Coby and headed east on I 20 The first site was deep and turbid with lots of debris to catch the seine on but still some fun stuff Tallapoosa River at CR 21 SSE of Heflin Cleburne County Alabama Campostoma oligolepis Cyprinella callistia Cyprinella gibbsi Cyprinella venusta Luxilus chrysocephalus Notropis stilbius Second site here was shallow and fast with better gravel Tallapoosa River at CR 18 WNW of Bell Mills Cleburne County Alabama Campostoma oligolepis Cyprinella callistia Cyprinella gibbsi Cyprinella venusta Luxilus chrysocephalus Notropis stilbius Phenacobius catostomus A young Alabama shiner These guys were very tame around snorkelers I had one nibbling

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