|During the second half of
the year, many areas along the Mongollan Rim were difficult to access
due to drought conditions or wildfires. Unfortunately, in many areas
exotics continue to be a majority of fish found in Arizona's waters.
Sampling in the Little Colorado River in August saw water levels that
were extremely low. We also sampled in the Verde River, and isolated
streams throughout Central Arizona. In one case, there were crayfish in
an isolated stream. Exotics caught ranged from plains killifish and
golden shiners in the Little Colorado River system to bullhead catfish,
red shiners, and crayfish in many of the other systems.|
I have donated equipment for a student experiment at Pine-Strawberry school that looks at the effects of current on varying types of plants growth. In addition, a preliminary plan is being developed for a wildlife area on school grounds. I will also be conducting a presentation on Amazon fishes and their native habitat which is important since some exotics from that region are found in Arizona.