NANFA-- Odds and ends

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Tue, 20 Feb 2001 13:41:23 -0600

Just wanted to brag a bit about a couple things here at the Fort Worth
Nature Center & Refuge!

#1 It has rained (and rained) so that the local meteorologists are saying
that our drought is officially over! Here at the Refuge, the West Fork of
the Trinity River is full of that interesting cocoa colored water that is
normal in this area and there is actually a noticeable flow. We haven't
seen real flowing water in a couple of years because the reservoir above us
has not been letting any appreciable amount of water out for some time. Our
Lotus Marsh has converted back into a wetland area. For the past year or so
it has looked more like a scruffy prairie than a marsh. The gar are back in
and should be getting ready to spawn in the shallows. Can't wait to get a
chance to get out and see what all a seine will bring up.

#2 Bad news...we are having new tile/carpeting installed in the
Interpretive Center so I have to break down and move every aquarium and
exhibit that we have. Good news...I have been waiting for this to happen
for two years so that I could do some new aquariums and exhibits and not
have to worry about moving them to get the floor done. Should be some new
things to see in the next few months! (BEWARE: I might be seeking fish

#3 Non fish related news...We have had the first reliable sighting of a
mountain lion on the Refuge over the weekend! We get reports fairly often
but most have been by less than reliable people and were probably bobcats,
dogs, or who knows what. Maybe if we can get a resident mt. lion or two,
they will help take care of our feral hog problem!

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
(Where it's 75 degrees and absolutely beautiful!)

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