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The Desert Springs Action Committee, in conjunction with the Bay Area
Killifish Association, North American Native Fishes Association, and others
happy to present their latest conservation field trip to the Nevada desert.
During October 5-6 we will undertake conservation work at the Ash Meadows
Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, under supervision of US Fish and Wildlife Service
staff with the following days (7-8) being spent viewing habitats and
travelling to Preston, Nevada to continue our guppy / springfish research.
Our primary objective is the removal of non-native organisms including
damnbusia, mollies, largemouth bass, crayfish and bullfrogs. We will likely
also conduct some cattail removal from some springs so bring gloves. There
will be ample opportunity to see the native pupfishes and dace close
up. Please note however, no native fishes may be removed from the refuge as
all are fully protected by the Endangered Species Act.
We will be camping at the same locality as last year. Bathroom and shower
facilities will be available. Directions to our camp site are as follows.
If coming from the southern entrance, continue north up the dirt road for
about 2 miles where there will be a rusty metal gate on the right side of
road. Turn right (east) through the gate with a sign saying "Service Road
Unauthorized Entry Prohibited." Continue on this road for about 3/4 mile to
the trailer. Note, from the point where you enter the refuge from the south
there will be four other road junctions to the right prior to the gated road
to the refuge trailer, two of which also have the same "Service
Road" sign. The turn off to the trailer however, is the only one which is
If coming from the north, or entering through the west, or east (Devils
Hole) entrances: continue to the main "T" junction (where all the mail boxes
are) and turn south. Continue south for 1.0 mile to the "Y" Junction. One
branch of the Y continues due south, while the other angles to the east.
straight, continuing south for another 1/2 mile. Turn left (east) at the
as described above.
Alternative accommodation is also available at the nearby Longstreet Casino
800 508 9493, you should book early though. Ash Meadows is located a few
north of the CA-NV border on Hwy. 373 and is clearly marked with signpost. A
map is available at http://www.tkphotos.com/dsac/am_dsac_maps.htm. We will
gather at the camp site at 8 am on the 5th to organize activities.
DSAC will be coordinating the meal preparation with help from various old
hands. Cooking facilities will be provided, however you should bring your
plates and eating utensils. Dinner Friday night will be provided for
(burgandy beef) for a small fee to cover costs (please confirm that you want
dinner to ensure we have sufficient food ahead of time). You will be
responsible for your own breakfast and lunch.
Please inform us early if you wish to form, or need car pool information. A
very comprehensive web page of the work we do and past trips is located at
Contact Peter Unmack <peter.unmack_at_asu.edu>, 480 965 1578 for further
Thank you and we'll look forward to another great Ash Meadows trip.
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