Thanks for letting me know about the labs, I will search around for them. I
am in Owings Mills, MD and am probably near one.
Thanks for the tip to all us youngin's about becoming an ichthyologist. I am
planning on doing something in the fish world when I get my butt out of high
school. If I do change my mind before I get out of high school (which I
will) I would also want to go to business school and then open a fish
hatchery or something. I am already am on that gradual downward slope with
buying fish food and having to get new black worms every week. But I am
going to stop the slope!
Owings Mills, MD
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Neely" <rheopresbe_at_hotmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: NANFA-- Natives in the class room
> Lots of areas have programs which get kids (both at the elementary, high
> school, and college level) out in the field. There are at least three labs
> in MD and VA which have frequent hands-on trips on the Chesapeake Bay for
> school groups. Here in AL, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is constantly
> school groups out on trawling trips, and has a decent educational program.
> During elementary and high school, I thought I wanted to be a fisheries
> biologist. The biology classes were tolerable, but served as a means to an
> end. Early in my undergrad career, I discovered that fisheries folks are
> actually "people managers," and became somewhat disenchanted. The semester
> was tossing around the idea of becoming a rafting/flyfishing guide, I took
> happened to take a general ecology class, and there discovered the wonder
> nongame fishes! salamanders! small mammals! invertebrates! Wow! I took an
> ichthyology class the next semester, and it's all been downhill from
> there... credit cards maxed out from buying fish books, cars ragged out
> driving all over the country collecting fishes, buying more
> than groceries, etc. Look what ichthyology has done for others: Copeland
> drowned, Rafinesque died destitute and slightly crazy, Cope died destitute
> and alone (with syphillus), Jordan became a college president (yeech!),
> Hubbs got kicked out of UM for 'nocturnal ornithology,' etc... Somewhere I
> hear they are starting a 12-step program for recovering ichthyophiles.
> start that evil downward slide! Run away while you still have a chance and
> become a doctor or lawyer or something useful to society...
> >You kids should see if you can turn your teachers on to this interest.
> >if you can tour them through nanfa's web page and the many links. When I
> >was in school, we rarely went out into the field, and that is >why I
> >biology to be a bore! By going out in streams, on the other >hand, allows
> >one to get an appreciation for all of nature that is not >really possible
> >in the classroom... You will just absorb everything and >obtain an
> >appreciation that will want to keep you learning more..... >Rob C.
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