NANFA-L-- NANFA Convention 2005!!

Wagner, Brian K. (
Wed, 26 Jan 2005 14:30:58 -0600

Here's the info that will be in the Winter AC:

The North American Native Fishes Association presents...
2005 NANFA National Convention
Little Rock, Arkansas - June 9 - 12

Once again, NANFA is providing the utmost in travel opportunities! Come learn about and see some of Arkansas' 200-plus native fishes, meet other native fish enthusiasts, and help support your NANFA. If you have never attended a NANFA convention before, now is the time to start. This June you can count on:

Diverse Field Trips

Arkansas has five major ecoregions, each with its own characteristic habitats and fauna. We're planning trips to the Ozarks, Ouachitas, Gulf Coastal Plain, Mississippi Delta, and the Arkansas River Valley. If you're up for it, we may even make a foray to Crowley's Ridge, an island of typically Ozarkian species surrounded by the Delta. Pull on your boots; grab your nets & buckets; and COME ON DOWN!


A variety of non-resident license options are available online-in- or-in-local sporting goods departments:
Non-Resident Annual Fishing License $32.00
Non-Resident 14 Day Trip Fishing License $22.00
Non-Resident 7 Day Trip Fishing License $17.00
Non-Resident 3 Day Trip Fishing License $11.00

To assure that there are no permit questions on the field trips, each will be co-lead by an employee of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Interesting Presentations

A slate of nine interesting talks should keep you well entertained and educated during the day on Saturday, June 11. We hope to have the speakers confirmed soon.

Fun Banquet

What better place to have a banquet than a brewery? We plan to be tucked in among the boiling pots, fermenters, and aging tanks of the Diamond Bear Brewing Company - home of 2 medal-winning beers-in-last year's World Beer Cup! The taps will be flowing for the evening with beer and root beer enough for all. They say we have to provide food, so I guess we'll eat, too! And while we're-in-it, let's add a great speaker to warm us up for the...

Auction to Raise Funds for NANFA

That's right, grab another beer and get ready to bid generously on some great stuff, and help NANFA out in the process. By the way, this is our auction, so if you can come up with items to donate, contact Joe Johnson (email address below) and let him know to expect your generous contribution!


The registration fee is $65 if received by May 9, $75-in-the door. Student and spouse registration is $30 ($35-in-door). Registration checks should be made payable to NANFA and mailed to Brian Wagner, 7307 Highland Drive, Mabelvale, AR 72103.

Luxurious Accommodations

Fine facilities are awaiting you-in-the Little Rock Airport Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Rooms-in-the Holiday Inn, where our meeting activities will be based, are available for $72.00/night-in-(501) 490-1000. Rooms-in-the Holiday Inn Express, an easy walk across the parking lot, are available for $58.00/night-in-(501) 490-4000. Either way, tell them you're with NANFA. Be sure to come by the Hospitality Suite to sign in or just visit throughout the convention - we get the use of this suite free IF our members rent enough rooms-in-these hotels!

Easy Travel Access

Arkansas is in the middle of the country, and Little Rock is in the middle of Arkansas - You can definitely get there from here! Little Rock National Airport provides a variety of airlines and is less than a 5-minute ride from the hotels. The hotels and airport are on the east side of Little Rock on I-440, which is a bypass joining I-40 to Memphis, TN with I-30 to Dallas, TX.


General: Brian Wagner,
Program: April Layher,
Banquet: Mark Oliver,
Auction: Joe Johnson,
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