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New stream found with both watercress and rush darters in Alabama


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#1 fundulus

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 01:30 PM

Mike Howell, formerly of Samford University and known to many on this forum, was part of a group that found a new population of both rush and watercress darters in Cunningham Creek north of Birmingham, AL. Both species are Endangered. And almost as interesting, they were in the same creek habitat; rush darters are typically found in springs and associated spring runs.
http://www.al.com/ne...cart_river_home
Bruce Stallsmith, Huntsville, Alabama, US of A

#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 02:16 PM

Two of the three subjects of Darterfest.  I think Trygon got a picture of a Watercress in Turkey Creek

 

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#3 fundulus

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 02:54 PM

He better have!
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#4 Doug_Dame

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 03:11 PM

Great news on the discovery, and interesting use of drones. 

 

Michael Wolfe has a project going to mount his GoPro on a drone, where the drone, which is fitted with floats, can drop 1 or 2 small anchors before landing on the water surface, then lower the camera into the water for underwater recon. (One clever feature is that if the anchor(s) hold, upon takeoff the drone inherently pivots to a position directly over the anchor(s), which (usually) causes the anchor(s) to release from the substrate.)

 

So far, an untethered "patrol version" has difficulty maintaining position on top of a strong current, especially if there is any turbulence at the surface. The video is too chaotic to make any sense of.

 

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#5 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 03:28 PM

most of my video is too chaotic to make much sense of... 

 

... and I see that you have been taking story telling lessons from the snorkelmeister


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#6 trygon

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 07:13 AM

I do have an image of a Watercress Darter, in situ, in Turkey Creek.  Doug, two weekends ago, at the Snorkelpalooza, a doc candidate had a tethered underwater drone and it actually did pretty good in the current.


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#7 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 06:42 AM

I read this article a few days ago.  I thought it was a cool use of drones.


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