In the final "optional" trip to a stream
within the Cuyahoga River watershed, I was surprised to see that most
of the group was still together! Only a few people called it quits early
throughout the day, including me, as I stopped after Stratton Creek.
Nick Zarlinga has provided me with a list of species that he says he
and Mark Binkley had observed on their last stop. Sorry, folks, since
I didn't attend this last trip, I can't provide a story! Nonetheless,
this proved to be another educational yet fun day at the streams! All
who attended on this day walk away enlightened. They learned what remarkable
worlds of aquatic life and habitat exist but a stone's throw from home,
and how their health ultimately affects ours. As a result this, they
also learned to become better stewards of our water resources. How could
one not better appreciate our streams after seeing first hand how countless
hours of quality time can be spent in an environment such as a stream
and streamside forest? This thought alone demonstrates why these places
are so worthy our protection.
Seining at Eagle Creek
With the above in mind, and after seeing such fine attendance
at this event, I think all our talk about our native fishes is
certainly not in vain! We've passed that torch of appreciation
on to others, who in the future, will be stewards of native fishes
and their habitats. Events like this make "appreciation and education,
through observation" possible! Because of such events, it looks
as though our native fish friends have a much brighter future!
Thank you to all who made this day possible and for attending!
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