NANFA-- Huntsville Convention details

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 14 Jan 2003 21:28:18 -0500

North American Native Fishes Association
2003 Convention, Huntsville, Alabama

Dear NANFA Member,

I would like to invite you to attend this years NANFA Convention in
Huntsville, Alabama, from Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8. The annual
convention is a great place to meet other NANFA members, hear interesting
presentations about fishes and the aquatic environment in general, and spend
a day or two visiting streams and collecting fishes you may never have seen
before. The Tennessee River Valley of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama
contains the most diverse freshwater fish fauna in North America so we have
a lot of options! Collecting nongame fishes is legal in Alabama with a valid
fishing license so anyone who wants to should be able to find some
interesting new fishes. The weather in early June should be warm but not
oppressive, and many fish will still be in breeding coloration.

The central site for this years meeting will be on the campus of the
University of Alabama in Huntsville, with your host Bruce Stallsmith. The
format for the meeting will be a full day on Friday of presentations of
interest to NANFA members by NANFA members and invited guests, followed by
collecting trips around north Alabama on Saturday and Sunday. The annual
banquet will be held on Saturday night, with an auction and announcement of
raffle contest winners (watch for raffle tickets and buy some!). And this
years convention t-shirt is designed by Casper Cox; I know youll want one.

Heres a (very) tentative list of speakers and topics for Fridays
Brian Jones, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, on spawning the Sargassum
B.G. Granier, coastal fishes of Louisiana;
Jeff Garner, Alabama Conservation Department, freshwater mussels of Alabama;
Joe Scanlon, keeping and breeding the stippled studfish, Fundulus bifax;
Dave Neely, St. Louis University, diversity of North American sculpins;
Brady Porter, University of Georgia, molecular phylogeny of the snubnose
Ned Mudd, attorney and Alabama environmental activist;
J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee.

Here are the details of how to get to and where to stay in Huntsville:

CONVENTION LODGING: The Bevill Conference Center and Hotel on the campus of
the University of Alabama in Huntsville has special offers for NANFA
Convention participants. Rooms with 2 double beds (Doubles) are
$54.00/night, and rooms with 1 King bed (Kings) are $59.00/night, plus
applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by calling (256) 721-9428 or toll
free (888) 721-9428. The deadline for reserving rooms at these rates is May

AIR TRAVEL: Huntsville International Airport is served by major air carriers
with direct connections to 9 North American cities. The airport is about 12
miles west of the meeting site, connected by I-565.

TRAVEL BY CAR: Huntsville is about 20 miles east of I-65, connected by
I-565. Were in the heart of the mid-south, 100 miles south of Nashville,
TN, and 100 miles north of Birmingham, AL.

CONVENTION REGISTRATION: The registration fee for the convention is $50 if
paid by May 16, $60 at the door. A spousal registration fee of $20 will
cover attendance at the Saturday evening banquet and admission to other
convention events. Early registrations should be made out to NANFA and sent
to: Bruce Stallsmith, 8200 Hickory Hill Lane, Huntsville, AL 35802.

I hope you can make it to Huntsville this June. If you have any questions,
please contact me at (256) 824-6992 or by e-mail at

Bruce Stallsmith
Convention host
President, NANFA

(NANFA members will receive a snail mail version of the above letter in the
near future.)
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