back over recent years, I never expected that I would feel as though
I could step back and pass the torch on to a whole new group of individuals
so eager to learn about, share, and spread knowledge about the beauty
and importance native fishes and habitats play in our daily lives.
Such importance of native fishes, was clearly evident at the May 11th,
2002 NANFA/Cleveland Aquarium Society/Mahoning River Consortium Stream
Life Observation Outing.
This natural adventure toured a group of at least
30 into three different area watersheds--the Mahoning, the Grand,
and the Shenango--to discover an underwater world unknown and unseen
to many. Whether participants at the outing were novice, expert, young
or old, they were able to witness the living underwater world of Ohio's
native fishes--something that never ceases to draw interest, and fascination.
And most important, it generates a well deserved understanding and
respect for our local rivers and streams!
Before I outline each of the three stops, I want
to extend some gratitude to some very special people. First, I want
to thank property owners, Lloyd Gintert, (Southington, Ohio) and Larry
Garlock (Kinsman, Ohio) for their gracious cooperation in allowing
us access to the streams that traversed their lands. Their permission
demonstrates a genuine desire to help educate the public on the importance
of keeping our water resources clean and healthy. Thank you, gentlemen!
In addition, I would like to compliment NANFA members Mark Binkley,
and Nick Zarlinga for assisting the many participants during this
outing, and offering their expertise on native fishes. With that said,