Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Fri, 22 Dec 2000 14:42:15 -0600

George Arndt wrote:

>We can talk about what it is that we as nanfa members do !!!!!

OK guys what do you do ?????

I want positive wonderful answers.

then we can plan on a good PROJECT to work hard on. an good project for all

of us to get involved in. in this new coming year. <

Just a weird idea that would take some additional thought....

Birders do a variety of nation/continent-wide counts that create an index of
bird populations over time. Most of these are coordinated through local
Audubon chapters and specific areas are identified and counted annually.
They cover X amount of ground and spend Y amount of time looking for and
identifying bird species with specific locations being identified before
hand. Could we not do something similar with each of us identifying a
number of watersheds with specific sampling points and a set sampling
regimen and then running these samples on a particular day each year,
thereby coming up with an index of fish populations for these sites.
Through annual growth (hopefully) we could slowly expand to include greater
numbers of watersheds/sites. I would be willing to help in working out the
logistics on this but would need some guidance from other members with
greater fisheries experience as to the relevancy of such data.

In my mind, I see this as an opportunity to import interested people into
the world of native fishes, create an interest in the media in our
activities nation wide, and lay down some baseline data that could be useful
to an array of researchers/managers around the country.

Let me know if I am way off base.

Happy Holidays,
Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
(where I went collecting yesterday for an hour yesterday and didn't even get

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