Re: NANFA--Michigan chapter
Sun, 9 Apr 2000 19:09:02 EDT

The Michigan chapter is going to have it's first meeting /collecting trip on
May 20. This weekend, Leo Long the Regional Rep., and myself checked out the
site. The inch of snow and strong winds didn't make for a normal April
weekend especially after the eighty degree days we've had in Feb. and March.
It sure was cold putting your hands into that water. We collected several
riffles and some shallow gravel bottomed stretches of the river. If the
weather and water had been warmer, we would have ventured into deeper water
but decided it would be a little risky. We were very pleased with what we
found and think it will be a great site for the meeting. We collected
Bluntnose minnows, Spotfin shiners, Hog suckers, Stone cats, Brindled
Madtomsand some of the best Rainbow and Greenside darters I've ever seen. The
female darters were so heavy with eggs it looked like theyed swallowed
several marbles. Personally, I was real excited about the Madtoms, the only
other cats I've collected were stone cats at the convention last August. I
was looking for Fundulus notatus that I know are common there but couldn't
find any this time. Leo will be sending out maps and info on the meeting to
those Michigan members that have shown an interest.

Bob Muller

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