NANFA-- Fall 2000 AC

Jay DeLong (
Sat, 25 Nov 2000 19:43:43 -0800

Chris, I received my AC today. Great job as always! Seeing your Olympic
mudminnow photo brought back great memories of our trip to the Olympic
Peninsula last year.

Here's some background on that photo for the rest of you. We made a photo
tank out of a 2 gallon octagonal fish tank. There was airline hole in the
bottom center (I don't know why; I guess to aerate the water or something),
so we used chewing gum to plug the hole. Then Chris added gravel and
submerged plants from the collection site and took that great photo (with a
great deal of patience). A few months later I got a call from a USFWS
biologist asking if I knew of any live photos of the Olympic mudminnow. I
didn't know of any and there weren't any on the web. Even Inland Fishes of
Washington used museum specimens. The biologist had written an article for
a newletter for residents of the Chehalis River basin, one of a few rivers
where the fish lives. I asked Chris how his photo had come out and he
subsequently shared it with the biologist. It's also on the USGS
nonindigenous species website for those of you that didn't see it when we
talked about it before. It's at Anyway, I
think that by taking and sharing that picture Chris can only help that fish
in gaining public awareness and appreciation. Each of us can do something.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
"The view is better if you're an Independent"

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