2007 NANFA National Convention, Clarion Hotel, Greensboro, NC, June 7-10

You are invited to attend the 2007 NANFA Convention at the Clarion Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. NANFA is a mix of amateur and professional biologists, educators, nature lovers, aquarium hobbyists, anglers, and others who love streams, ponds, marshes, and critters that live in water. The NANFA Convention is a great way to meet other native fish enthusiasts, and learn about aquatic habitats, fish ID and photography, collecting and captive breeding, conservation and habitat restoration, aquatic plants and invertebrates, and many other topics.


Thursday, June 7 (afternoon and evening)

    Early Arrivals and Informal Get-Together
    Meet new fishy friends and get familiar with NANFA activities and NC Fishes and Habitats. Live fish display tanks, NC aquatic habitat info, Fish ID and aquarium care handouts, and educational exhibits showcasing NANFA's activities and programs will be on display through the weekend. We're also planning an informal "Fish Photography Tips" workshop Thursday night, if you want to bring your camera or get advice on what kind of camera to buy. We'll also have info on historical sites, museums, parks, hiking, shopping, and other activities for over-fished family members.

Friday, June 8

    Speaker Topics and Workshops
      Aquarium Breeding Techniques for North American Fishes
      Building and Landscaping a "River Tank" Display
      Native Fish Identification Workshop for Beginners
      The Sunfish Family in Nature and in Aquaria
      Snail Darter Distribution and Microhabitat Use
      Redside Dace Seasonal Habitat Use Patterns
      Habitat Analysis of the Blackside Darter
      Students Breeding Rare Striped Shiners to Re-stock in Pigeon River
      Hunt for the "Lost" Robust Redhorse and Discovering a New Redhorse Species
      Sand-Bed Aquaria to Promote Natural Spawning and Feeding Behaviors
      Aquarium Video of Nest-Building Chubs, Rock-Flipping Darters and Fish-Grabbing Mussels

    The NANFA Benefit Auction of collecting gear, fish books, art, aquarium supplies, and other goodies will follow the Speaker Program.

    The Dinner Banquet at Clarion Hotel will be followed by an after-dinner program and video.

Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10

    Collecting Trips Throughout NC
    North Carolina has 11 Atlantic Slope river basins and 6 Ohio/Tennesse River basins with approximately 230 freshwater fish species. Each day we'll have five or six field trips to choose from in the Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, and Coastal Plain physiographic regions. We will seine and photograph fish, invertebrates, and plants in the Dan-Roanoke, Neuse, Cape Fear, Lumber, Lake Waccamaw, Yadkin-PeeDee, Catawba, Broad, Toe-Nolichucky, Watauga, and New-Kanawha River basins. Bring a cooler or Styrofoam fish box if you want to take fish home. We'll have extra tanks with cycled filters set up at the hotel for holding and observing fish until Sunday. Each field trip leader will have a Scientific Fish Collecting Permit, so you will not need an individual fishing license unless you're also planning to go collecting on your own. In that case, a 10-day visitor license is available for $5 (NC resident) or $10 (non-resident) at local bait shops or online.


Full meeting with dinner banquet (lunches not included):
$60 before May 1; $70 after May 1

Students, spouse and children 12+ (includes dinner banquet):

Friday daytime program only (on your own for lunch):

Friday dinner banquet only:

Sat.-Sun. field trips only:

Send check or money order, payable to NANFA, to:
1107 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


The Clarion Greensboro Airport Hotel is located near I-40 Exit 213 (Guilford College Rd.), four miles east of the Airport. Clarion has a free airport shuttle and offers NANFA the following special group rates:

Double or King Room without Breakfast - $59.00 (1-4 people)
Double or King Room with Breakfast - $69.00 (1-2 people)
Double or King Room with Breakfast - $79.00 (3-4 people)

Clarion Greensboro Airport Hotel: 336-299-7650, 415 Swing Road Greensboro, NC 27409. Clarion's restaurant offers full hot breakfast: eggs, meat, grits, waffles, etc. (not just muffins). Call Clarion to make your reservation by 4 pm on May 7 (one month before the conference), the cut-off date for our guaranteed NANFA Group Rate. Reservations must be guaranteed with a one-night deposit in the form of check, money order or credit card. You'll probably want to arrive Thurs., Jun 7 and stay through Sun., Jun 10 to attend both days of collecting.


If you need something even cheaper, try these:

Exit 210, NC-68 - Airport
    America's Best Value Inn (336-668-3900)
    Candlewood Suites (336-454-0078)
    Crestwood Suites (336-886-1250)
    Extended Stay Deluxe (336-454-0080)
    Fairfield Inn GSO Airport (336-841-0140)
    Fairview Inn Airport (336-668-9400)
    Motel 6 Greensboro Airport (336-668-2085)
    Red Roof Inn Airport (336-271-2636)
    Sleep Inn Airport (336-931-1272)
Exit 214, Wendover Ave.
    AmeriSuites (336-852-1443)
    Best Western Wendover (336-297-1055)
    Extended Stay of America (336-299-0200)
    Lodge America (336-544-4700)
    MicroTel Inn (336-547-7007)
    Suburban Extended Stay (336-218-1000)
Exit 217, High Point Rd
    Coliseum Inn (336-292-1831)
    Days Inn Four Seasons (336-297-1996)
    Hampton Inn Four Seasons (336-854-8600)
    Ramada Inn (336-294-9922)
    Red Carpet Inn (336-852-4080)
    Red Roof Inn Coliseum (336-852-6560)
    Super 8 Motel Coliseum (336-855-8888)
    TraveLodge Coliseum (336-292-2020)
Also you can get motel discount coupons at the airport, highway welcome areas, or on-line vendors such as roomsaver.com, The Official Interstate Guide and travelcoupons.com. There are many motels at I-40 Exit 210 (NC-68/Airport), Exit 213 (Guilford College Rd), and Exit 214 (Wendover Ave). Discount coupons are usually for walk-ins only, not reservations.


Hagan-Stone Park Campground. About 40 minutes southeast of Guilford College. Operated by the City of Greensboro. 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313; 336-674-0472. Tent, no hook-ups - $13.00 per night; RV with hook-ups - $16.00 per night.

Hanging Rock State Park. About an hour and 20 minutes northwest of Guilford College. P.O. Box 278, Danbury, NC 27016, (336) 593-8480. Tent, no hook-ups - $15.00 per night; RV, no hook-ups - $15.00 per night.

Oak Hollow Lake Campground. About a half hour south of Guilford College. Operated by the City of High Point. 3415 N. Centennial St., High Point, NC; 336-883-3492. Tent, electricity & water nearby - $17.00 per night; RV, with hook-ups including cable TV - $19.00 per night.

Greensboro Campground. About 20 minutes east of Guilford College. Privately operated. 1896 Trox Street, Greensboro, NC 27406; 1-877-274-4143. Tent, no hook-ups - $15.00 per night; with electricity - $17.00 per night. Rustic cabins, 1 room, no toilet, water or electricity - $30.


Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport (airport code = GSO) is about four miles west of Guilford College at I-40 exit 210 between Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Airlines serving GSO are American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and USAirways. AllegiantAir will begin service in May 2, weeks before our meeting.


Alamo (336) 665-2542 or 1-800-327-9633
Avis (336) 665-5700 or 1-800-831-2847
Budget (336) 665-5882 or 1-800-527-0700
Enterprise (336) 662-0188 or 1-800-736-8222
Hertz (336) 668-7961 or 1-800-654-9649
National (336) 668-7657 or 1-800-227-7368
Thrifty/Dollar (336) 668-3488 or 1-800-847-4389
Triangle (336) 668-2644 or 1-800-365-4745

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