NANFA-- IL_IN NANFA chapter Fall trip - Sun Oct 6th

Jeremy Tiemann (
Mon, 7 Oct 2002 08:57:08 -0500

The IL-IN Chapter's autumn trip to Collison Branch of the Middle Fork
of the Vermillion River in IL on Sun 6 Oct 2002 was a very successful
outing. The day was a beautiful autumn day with a slight overcast
and cool, comfortable temperatures. The water was clear and at the
perfect level to kick a few riffles and pull through a few pools.
Bernadette Harkins, Ron and Dotty Humbert, Jamie Ladonski, Sajjad
Lateef, and "Miller" and I collected 25 species in just a couple of
hours of playing around. Throughout the day, we seined up:

Central stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum)
Steelcolor shiner (Notropis whipplei) (Miller "helped" point this out at home)
Spotfin shiner (N. spilopterus)
Sand shiner (N. ludibundus)
Bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus)
Silverjaw minnow (Ericymba buccata)
Striped shiner (Luxilus chrysucephales)
Horneyhead chub (Nocomis biguttatus)
Quillback (Carpiodes cyprinus)
Brook silverside (Labidesthes sicculus)
Blackstripe topminnow (Fundulus notatus)
Slender madtom (Noturus exilis)
Brindled madtom (N. miurus)
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
Longear sunfish (L. megalotis)
Spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus)
Smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu)
Rockbass (Ambloplites rupestris)
Fantail darter (Etheostoma flabellare)
Johny darter (E. nigrum
Bluebreasted darter (E. camurum) - a state listed species
Rainbow darter (E. caeruleum)
Greedside darter (E. blennoides)
Eastern sand darter (Ammocrypta pellucida) - a state listed species
Dusky darter (Percina sciera)

We also encountered a two freshwater mussels (plain pocketbook
[Lampsilis caridum, and fat mucket [L. siliquoidea]), and Miller
enjoyed chasing a cricket frog (Acris crepitans). We had such a good
time, that I did not have a chance to glass for birds (the only bird
I saw was a turkey vulture [Cathartes aura]). I believe that Sajjad
is working on a web page of our outing, and, with any luck, should be
able to view soon. Thanks to all that went. Bernadette, Miller and
I had a good time, and hopefully another outing can happen soon with
more people able to join us. Please let me know if you have any

Jeremy Tiemann
Illinois Natural History Survey
Center for Biodiversity
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-4594
Fax: (217) 333-4949
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