NANFA-L-- April 29th Michigan Program

Todd D. Crail (tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Wed, 5 Apr 2006 11:06:48 -0400

Hi gang,

For those of you near the Ann Arbor Michigan area...

I have a program-in-Sharon Mills-in-2:30 demonstrating the aquatic ecology
of the River Raisin. This will be open and publicized to the public and
will also be part of a day out with native plant gardeners, who will have
been on a walk-in-the Nan Weston Preserve in the morning to look-in-spring
blooms and vernal vertebrates (and you're welcome to join us for that).

I could use some help doing the demonstration, mainly just seining while we
talk to folks and bringing in new specimens of fish and bugs. So you can do
whatever you're comfortable with.

You might even learn a thing or two, or could teach me a thing or two if you
do this extensively... We were up there to gather macroinverts for a lab and
a program I'm doing Saturday with Central City 5th Graders. That was the
first time I strictly sampled bugs... I CAN NOT believe how many taxa were
represented in our sample. It is unbelieveable. I had to get the key out
this morning lol.

The fish community is lower richness than what I'm used to further south,
but still, there's a lot of neat stuff. Rainbows and greensides were all in
their best "burn your eyes out" wear last night lol. I'm also hoping to
gain permission from the park district to use the 30' purse seine to see if
we can't get something big from below the mill dam. This won't be a
collecting focused event, and remember, darters are illegal for take in
Michigan. But this will be a great outreach experience, and very worth your
time promoting, if anything, the presence of all these beautiful animals.

If you're interested, please let me know...

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