It allows us to reach so far beyond the aquarium store shelf, so to speak,
and see the habitats and nature in function, and then we gain a whole
different perspective than that of visiting the store.
I am not saying that their is anything wrong with buying fish at the
aquarium store, etc., but I am sure those who do, would also gain a very
different perspective if they got a chance to visit the habitats where all
those fish come from. Seeing that Native North America is but a stones throw
away from me, I start here! Great story!
Rob C. Subject: NANFA-- The meaning of it all
> Hello all just wanted to pass along some somewhat random thoughts,
> I am very active in the aquarium society scene here in Erie PA (and the
> surrounding areas), and I often get asked from my "tropical" aquarium
> why I keep, and especially COLLECT native fish. For me the keeping is the
> extension of the collecting, and the collecting is just a very good excuse
> get outside and enjoy God's creation. I often collect alone, and while its
> always nice to have a buddy to collect with I often REALLY enjoy the
> and peacefulness of doing it alone.
> I had one such magical experience tonight along a rocky creek in Warren
> PA. This creek is in the foot hills of the Allegheny Mountains, very
> and stunningly picturesque. I had spent a few hours collecting and was
> worn out. Dragging a 4x4 seine all alone through heavy current will do
> was ready to had back to the car when I noticed it was going to be a
> sunset. So I decided I would watch it. I sat down on a small gravel island
> the middle of the creek to observe. As I was watching the colors fill the
> I noticed that the air was filling with huge mayflies. They too had picked
> this night to come out and see the world. I felt sad that this night was
> going to be their last, but if they had to pick the perfect night THIS was
> From my island perch I could look west across 20 feet of water and then a
> open field leading to woods and hills. As I watched the sun begin to dip
> behind the hills the water would splash and boil from time to time, it
> the creek chubs and smallmouth bass were happy about the mayflies too.
> about then I saw a huge doe and her now large fawn come down to the creek
> a drink silhouetted by the fire in the sky. I was being so quiet and still
> that they had no idea that I was there. Then I heard a scamper on the
> side of the creek it was a large raccoon just waking up, he was hoping for
> crawfish and mussel dinner. About then behind me in the trees I heard the
> cackling and beating wings of a flock of wild turkeys settling down for
> Before long it was getting quite dark, and an hour had past. (an hour
> phones, fax machines, deadlines, email, or voice mail) So I began to walk
> across the waist deep water in the dark on my way to the car, I could hear
> friends say "so why do you keep natives" I looked around at the last bit
> light sinking behind the hill and thought "for times like these".
> "The Heavens declare your glory, the Earth the work of your hands"
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