Re: NANFA-L-- Sipsey, Alabama, trip


Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Sipsey, Alabama, trip
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Date: Mon Jul 26 2004 - 07:51:16 CDT


Any pics? Did you guys find AL shiner again too?

Tony
river systems outside North America

Bruce Stallsmith wrote:
>
> I want to post a note on a visit to the Borden Creek/Sipsey Fork are in
> north 'bama this weekend. Four people camped out on the site Friday and
> Saturday nights--Casper Cox, Stott Noble, Ranger Bob, Michael Wolf. I showed
> up with Ruth, Joe Scanlan showed up with Marite, and two of my students from
> UAH in Huntsville, Kevin and Amy, were there.
>
> My focus was on finding 20 each of burrhead shiner and silverstrip shiner
> for a project I'm working on with Kevin and Amy. The silverstripes are easy,
> they're probably the dominant species in Borden Creek. The burrheads are
> always harder, we met our quota late in the day when we caught about 8 in
> each of two successive seine hauls-in-the bottom of a riffle running into a
> pool. It's only taken since March but I'm beginning to figure out the
> burrheads, in part realizing that sometimes it's just plain lucky to put the
> seine in the right place-in-the right time. And because they're thinner than
> silverstripes, we have to use my smaller, finer-mesh seine.
>
> One species that we found several of yesterday is the riffle minnow,
> Phenacobius catostomus. I don't recall seeing this minnow before. But we
> were probably helped by the creek being-in-a low level. And on the goofy
> level, the snorkelers were pulling up blackbanded darters, Percina
> nigrofasciata, that I hadn't paid attention to in earlier visits. Sometimes
> you see only what you expect to see; the creek is loaded with Mobile
> logperch and a fair number of muscadine darters, two other Percina spp. I
> think the snorkelers missed out on the Tuskaloosa and Sipsey darters in the
> very shallow riffles that we worked with a net. The Tuskaloosa males are
> still colorful even this late in the summer.
>
> I left Borden Creek in the late afternoon yesterday before the four campers
> returned from Sipsey Fork, so I'm not sure what else they saw. A big
> difference is that you can see more redhorse there, usually in a flash of
> course as they go whipping by-in-high speed. Even in Borden Creek, Michael W
> was still in shock from seeing one going by in about a tenth of a second.
> HA!
>
> --Bruce Stallsmith
> Huntsville, AL, US of A
>
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: Wed Sep 29 2004 - 12:21:34 CDT