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From: "Todd Crail" <farmertodd_at_buckeye-express.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2003 11:30 PM
Subject: NANFA-- Cool trip out in Eastern Fulton County
> Greetings All,
> Sorry about weird spacing in email... Keyboard is all screwed up :(
> After I'd paced the house about 40 times this afternoon, my wife asked,
> make that begged me to do something I wanted to do, else I'd drive us
> insane ;) So I started looking around on my DeLorme and found myself
> wandering into some headwater streams I'd been eyebally to west of
> I called up my friend and email list member Shane Graber who
> lives out that way :) Quick stop into Wally World for legal purposes,
> it was an official trip.
> Our first stop was the ditches that make up the headwaters of Bad Creek.
> The bottom was fine sand, I guess this is also land influenced by Lake
> Erie's predacessor, Lake Warren. Walking was easy, no thick clay to
> trudge thru. It seemed that the ditch was well lined with Blue Joint or
> Reed Canary Grass, which keeps the bank very stable (with the former much
> more desireable as the later is exotic and invasive). We stomped out a
> couple submerged patches of the grass. Quickly found our way to some
> Chubs and a Stoneroller. Had hoped for a couple Mudminnows, but not bad
> a usually dry ditch.
> Not wanting to spend too much time in any one place we then headed over
> another headwater of Bad Creek. It was only about a mile south of the
> spot, however, its substrate was all clay and silt. Crazy glacier, that
> thing. We poked in here, nabbed a few Bluntnose Minnows and decided to
> move on, as this place didn't really seem condusive to collecting. I
> wanted to get on a gradient and out of the fields, so onward we went into
> Delta, Ohio.
> >From here, we parked at the Delta Reservoirs and hopped into a high
> portion of Bad Creek proper. There was a small dam at the top of our run.
> The stream was highly modified, with piles of concrete rock, but the bed
> was mostly gravel, so not so bad. The species and numbers gave way to
> highly disturbed habitat. Here we found GOBS of Johnny Darter, 2
> Darter, a few Stoneroller and Bluntnose and a single Silverjaw Minnow.
> was the highest congregation of Johnny Darter I've ever seen. I was
> suspect they were the only darter that could flourish in the blast of
> turbidity in the spring, and have just kinda filled the niche since. So
> much for Bad Creek. More like Bad Humans.
> The sun was setting and we thought we'd try and get one other
> in before dark. We initially chose Bear Creek with belongs to the River
> Raisin watershed, which is an interesting one because it goes from high
> quality headwaters in Michigan to high modification and channelization
> the time it gets to Lake Erie. But... Tenmile Creek called again :)
> We ended up in what had to be the tenth mile lol. It looked more like a
> ditch here than anything. It will be interesting to go back with more
> and walk it to the source. The substrate was clay instead of the usual
> sand and gravel (we were just west of the Oak Openings), but the water
> crystal clear and again had a good stabilization of grasses along the
> sides. A nice channel ran through the bed and there was prime habitat
> grasses laying in the water.
> First we popped up the usual suspects... Bluntnose and Creek Chubs. Oh
> and some freakin' "soooo dead now" goldfish. I was hoping to run into
> Grass Pickerel or two, but suddenly the real treat of the trip
> "Hey! Are those darters!? Oh my gosh! They look like Least Darters!!"
> Yeppers, some E. microperca made fortunate sideway jaunts into the seine
> and were spotted at the last second. 5 in all. This is pretty exciting
> because, as was verified when I got home, they hadn't been seen in
> Tenmile for the last 50+ years, according to the literature in hand.
> sources were '83 Fishes of Ohio and all Ohio EPA data from the 90's. In
> case, isn't the resilience of Life grand? :)
> There were some other high quality indicators as well from the invert
> world. Caddisfly larvae, amphipod like critters, and all sorts of
> I don't normally see around here. It became dark quick, so we only got
> see about 30 yards of this location. Pretty exciting stuff. I'm quite
> hopeful to really begin to learn the ways of all Ten Miles hehheh.
> Took one Least specimen home for verification and photography.
> Photography was interesting. How do you get a pic of something that
> small??? Well, soon I'd raided the kitchen, and was using one of Mrs.
> Crail's nice drinking glasses.... And I won't tell if you don't ;)
> That *is* normal sized gravel, by the way ;)
> So, it was a good day out, despite the lack of diversity. Definate
> finish and hopefully a forecast of finds to come :)
> I hope you know that this will go down on your permenant record.
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