Regional Report - Second Half of 2012

By Michael Wolfe
Georgia Regional Representative

As first presented in American Currents, Volume 38 Number 2, Spring (April) 2013
NANFA News Members, Events, Accomplshments and Administrivia

July saw the Georgia Region in the Chattahoochee drainage.  We had an open collecting trip and were joined by members of the Atlanta Area Aquarium Association and Autry Mill Nature Preserve at Johns Creek.  This was a great opportunity to connect with other area fish people.  In August we joined up with GA DNR to sample South River at Flat Shoals walking in the footprints of a past great ichthyologist (see the AC Vol.38 No.1).
September was a month of education and presentations.  First, we returned to Atlanta’s South River with a seining demonstration streamside tank and science/history talk to a large group of paddlers.  Later, we returned to the Chattahoochee drainage, this time to Ivy Creek to lead a group of teachers at the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia, 2013 Outdoor Learning Symposium where we had the opportunity to talk to teachers about how they could use native fish to teach their students.  This was a great outreach opportunity stream side with about a dozen teachers, some of whom got their first opportunity to seine and see Georgia fishes.

As winter approached we once again had the chance to collect and set up a stream side aquarium for the Georgia Rivers Alive group at the Apalachee River cleanup in November.  I want to really thank the members in my region for their support in 2012 (and we have already started with an outing in 2013)!