The 2002 NANFA Convention will be held at:
Best Western Executive Plaza
2900 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
The registration fee is $70. After July 6 the cost will increase to $80.
Send your registration fee to:
1107 Argonne Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Rooms reserved for the convention are $79 per night. Each room has
two double beds, and includes continental breakfast. These rooms will be held for us until
June 28. Ann Arbor has a lot of conventions so dont let this date pass without
reserving your room. When reserving a room, tell them youre with the NANFA
Arrive and meet old friends in the meeting room. At 9:00 PM Doug
Sweet, Curator of Fishes at the Belle Isle Aquarium, will give a program on the fresh
water mussels of southeast Michigan and the impact of zebra mussels.
Friday, August 2
8:00 AM: Gather in the meeting room have breakfast before you
8:30 AM: Speaker Program begins.
||Dr. Gerald Smith
- Where did northern fishes come from and how did they get here? Jerry studies suckers,
salmonids, sculpins, minnows and their fossils in North America. He is currently director
of the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan
Kevin Wehry Temperature
Ecology of Michigan Fishes. Kevin works on native fishes for the Institute of Fisheries
Research of the Michigan Department of Conservation.
"The Tragic History of Great Lakes Ciscoes." Tom works on
Great Lakes coregonids, walleyes, perch and other fishes at the Great Lakes Science Center
in Ann Arbor
"Generating Citizen Participation in River Protection." Joan is Co-Director of
the Adopt-a-Stream Program of the Huron River Watershed Council.
Goodeidae of the Mexican Highlands. Jim is the past Curator of Fishes at the Belle Isle
Aquarium in Detroit and a member of the American Livebearer Association. The Goodeidae are
a unique family of highly endangered American livebearers.
Bob Muller Captive propagation of native fishes. Bob
has been very successful at breeding and rearing, minnows, darters and killifish for
several years. He will talk about his methods.
Nancy Washburn Nancy
is the author of Snorkeling Guide to Michigan Inland Lakes (www.snorkelmichigan.com) Nancy
will show some of her snorkeling videos
Jay Hemdal The
Curator of Fishes at the Toledo Zoo will present an overview of the Toledo Zoo's native
aquatic exhibits and research efforts. These include a Lake Erie Sturgeon exhibit, pirate
perch breeding project, zebra mussel work, round goby breeding and a new stream quality
kiosk exhibit. Comprising 310 species and over 3200 individual animals, the Toledo Zoo
Aquarium is one of the largest zoo-aquariums in the country. With past conservation
efforts primarily focused on endangered Lake Victorian Cichlids and animal husbandry
research, the Toledo Zoo Aquarium has gradually increased its activities with local
aquatic species during the past five years.
Lunch will be served during the speakers program. Dinner will be on
8:00 PM: Tour of University of Michigans Museum of Zoology and
a behind-the-scenes tour of the preserved fishes collection. Emily Damstra will give a
talk on scientific illustration emphasizing fish. Emily is a freelance scientific
illustrator who has been working with Gerald Smith on the re-write of Fishes of the
Great Lakes Region. The greenside darter used as our logo is one of her
illustrations. (You can see more of Emilys work at
Feel free to hang out in the meeting room back at the hotel for as
long as you like.
Saturday, August 3
8:00 AM: Gather for the field trips.
Michigan daily fishing license $7:00.
8:30 AM: Collecting and snorkeling in the Huron River at Hudson Mills
12:00 noon: Collecting and snorkeling in Patterson Lake. Lunch may be
purchased from Boy Scout Troop 1627. Hotdogs (turkey), hamburgers and pop will be
available. Collecting in a lake can be dangerous; we strongly recommend you bring a
lifejacket. Patterson Lake can drop off from waist deep to 20 feet deep in one step. We
will have Scouts in canoes with us to hold collecting buckets etc.
6:00 PM: Banquet in the hotel meeting room. After-dinner speaker
William Fink will be presenting a non-native talk. (Candirus are real dont go
near the water!) Bill works on South American fishes and is Curator of Fishes in the
Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan.
will be the raffle and auction.
|This year we want to add live fish to the
auction, so bring fish from home. To make sure we dont have problems with Michigan
laws please bring only fish not native to this state. If in
doubt, check www.dnr.state.mi.us/www/ifr/ifrhome/fishlist96.htm
for a list of Michigan fishes, or e-mail or call Bob Muller. We already have flagfin
shiners, Fundulus notti, F. olivaceus, banded pygmy sunfish and most
likely several species of Goodeidae.
|Sunday, August 4
Gather for field trip to Lake Erie. Weather (and appropriate number of participants)
permitting, we will be using a seine over 50 feet in length. This will take many people to
|Do you want another
quality convention t-shirt?
Well, just look at the incredible
greenside darter artwork to the right and below that Emily Damstra created for the
The shirts are off-white, with the color rendering of the greenside
darter above on the front left pocket area, and the face of the darter at right on the
back. The cost is $16.00 if you pick it up at the convention and $20.00 if mailed to
your home. Sizes available in S,M,L,XL; for XXL or XXXL add $1.50.
Orders will be accepted through July 14, 2002.
We'll see you in Ann Arbor!
NANFA 2002 is being hosted by the
Michigan NANFA chapter. The convention committee consists of Leo Long, Bob Muller, Dr.
Gerald Smith, Heather Muller, Carol Long and Emily Damstra. We hope
to see you in August. Here are a few websites to introduce you to the Ann Arbor
Last updated July 1, 2002