NANFA-- 2001 NANFA Convention

Christopher Scharpf (
Tue, 30 Jan 2001 16:31:44 -0400

Top 10 Reasons Why You Don't Want to Miss the
2001 NANFA Convention in Hocking Hills, Ohio, August 24-26, 2001

10. It's in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

What better place to enjoy nature than in a natural setting? This year's meeting
will be held at Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio (about 1.5 hrs.
southeast of Columbus), in an area noted for its rocky cliffs, hemlock-shaded
gorges, and scenic drives.

9. It's our most affordable meeting ever.

The registration fee is just $65. Spouses and significant others can attend for
just $55. This fee includes a Saturday buffet banquet. Additional savings can be
had by staying at a Hocking Hills State Park cottage. The cost per cottage is
$89.80/night. (A one-night stay is $112.25.) Each cottage sleeps up to six
people and the cost can be split six ways. So, for example, a 3-night stay at
Hocking Hills State Park (not including registration fee) could cost each
attendee as little as $44.95. What a bargain!

Each air-conditioned cottage has two bedrooms (one with two twin beds, one with
a double bed), bath with shower, living room with trundle sofa, complete
kitchen, dining area and screened porch. Also included are microwave, kitchen
utensils, television, blankets, dishes, bed linens, toaster, 12 cup electric
coffee maker, two courtesy bars of soap, and a set of six towels and washcloths.
Outdoor grills are provided for each cottage; you provide tile charcoal. Pets
are not permitted.

Are you a camper? Camping facilities are provided. Call 1-800-282-7275 for more
details. Or visit .

Bring your own food and save even more! Prepare it in your cottage's kitchen or
out on the grill. As mentioned above, the Saturday banquet is included in the
registration fee. Munchies and drinks during the talks will also be provided.
Other meals can be bought at the State Park restaurant (very good prices) or in
the nearby town of Logan.

YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR COTTAGE NOW! Hocking Hills State Park is very popular and
the cottages fill quickly. We strongly urge that you reserve the cottage now!
Perhaps your NANFA region would like to share the cost of the cottage and stay
together. The time to start making arrangements is now! Call 1-800-282-7275.

In addition to the cottages, the Hocking Hills area has lots of other lodging
choices, from cheap hotels to romantic B&B's. Call 1-800-HOCKING to request a
free Visitor's Guide. Or visit .

8. There's an impressive array of speakers and topics.

* Ken Wintin, Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson), "Husbandry and Propagation
of Native Fishes at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum"

* Mark Smith, Ohio NANFA, "Breeding Brookies in Aquaria"

* Mike Fremont, Rivers Unlimited, "How to Make Money for Your Community by
Restoring River Corridors and Improving Water Quality"

* Randy Sanders, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, "Stream Protection &
Restoration Efforts in Ohio"

* Bob Davic, Ohio EPA, "The Mahoning River: Its Past, Present and Future"

* Matt White, Ohio University (Athens), "Game Fish Can Be Natives, Too: Walleye
in the Ohio River"

* Roger Thoma, Ohio EPA, "Fishes of the Lake Erie Shoreline" and a workshop on
crayfish identification

* Pat Quackenbush, Hocking Hills Park Naturalist, "The Fishes of Hocking Hills

Other speakers are planned but not confirmed. Speakers and topics subject to

7. Learn how to create life-like, museum-grade habitats for your home aquariums.

No more sticking those ugly pictures on the backs of your tanks! Nick Zarlinga,
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo aquarist, will show you how to duplicate mud river
banks, root wads, and overhanging river banks in your home aquaria. This unique
and artistic presentation is not to be missed!

In addition, Rob Carillio will demonstrate affordable lighting alternatives to
enhance the appearance of native fish aquaria while maintaining a life-like

6. There will be at least 5 field trips to choose from.

Sites are still being scouted, but the main collecting trip will be to Salt
Creek, a tributary of the Scioto River in nearby Vinton County. Here, ODNR
biologist Randy Sanders will demonstrate electroshocking techniques (be sure to
bring rubber waders!). Over 40 different species live in this creek! (If you
plan on taking fish with you, then you will need to purchase an Ohio fishing

Mark Smith has agreed to lead a trip to Fairfield County (about 30 min. from
Hocking Hills) to collect in a small, clean, privately owned creek that contains
various darter and dace species.

5. View aquarium set-ups from various regions.

Attendees are invited to bring fishes from home and show them off. 20-gallon
aquariums will be supplied. You'll also get to see Rob Carillio's amazing,
one-of-a-kind "water shed" exhibit.

4. Enjoy a keg of locally brewed beer.

What's a native fish meeting without libations? Enjoy this brew from the
Buckeye Brewing Company. This is the GOOD stuff!

3. Take home ridiculously underpriced items at the fabulous NANFA auction.

Books. Artwork. Apparel. Aquarium supplies. Nets and traps. You name it, it's
up for bid. If you have any unwanted books or aquarium-related items, bring them
with you and donate them to the auction. Proceeds help fund NANFA's conservation
and education grant programs.

2. There's plenty to do for the entire family.

While you're attending the talks, your family can be enjoying the surrounding
area. The park has a public swimming pool, playground, volleyball, horseshoes,
and a lake for fishing. The Hocking Hills area has tons of hiking, nature walks,
canoeing, horseback riding, and more. Call 1-800-HOCKING to request a free
Visitor's Guide. Or visit .

1. Meet people who are just as nuts about native fishes as you are.

One the best features of any NANFA convention is the chance to hang out and
talk fish with fellow native fish enthusiasts. Youčre guaranteed to make new
friends. And, of course, catch up with old ones.

Call 1-800-282-7275 to reserve your cottage now! DON'T PUT THIS OFF. THESE

Send registration fees, no later than Aug. 10, to NANFA, 1107 Argonne Dr.,
Baltimore, MD 21218.

Questions? Can't get a cottage? Call Rob Carillio at 1-330-393-4448 or write him

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