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Macon Youth Birder Day - Wesleyan College

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#1 Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe
  • Board of Directors
  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:17 PM

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to speak to the Macon Audubon Society at the invitation of NANFA member Paul Hoinowski.  They enjoyed learning about native fishes of the area and thought that other might also.  So they invited me back on Saturday April 6 to Wesleyan College to set up and talk about native fishes at Macon Youth Birder Day.

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Paul and I set up the aquarium and went down to Wolf Creek (how cool is that) to see what fishes might be there.  We were able to fill the aquarium and talk to people and had a great time.  The Audubon Society also made a small donation to NANFA as a token of appreciation.


We saw Bluegill Sunfish and of course Redbreast Sunfish, notably this fine southern gentleman...


We also were able to collect, what I am pretty sure is Striped Jumprock:


We also saw a chub mound, and although we did not see the mound builder, there were several of his very plump lady friends... isn't she just amazing...


N. hudsonius was also there.  I know that people say they look different in different places... these even looked different in and out of the water... so reflective when in the air (that blue has to all be sky since if seemed to show up so much better when I held the fish flat)... and so subtle in the tank.

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We also had one mystery guest.  I have never seen Christmas darter this far west, but the range maps say that they should be here.  We only got this one specimen... I am thinking she is a Christmas darter female (would appreciate a confirmation or alternate suggestion).

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And saving the best for last, the start of our show, we saw quite a few of these...


Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

#2 Doug_Dame

  • NANFA Member

Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:51 AM

You do enjoy torturing me. Looks like a good time was had by all ... and nice fish. Didn't realize Christmas darters got that far into Georgia. It's not exactly prototypical, but I don't see any more likely candidates. The YFS are GREAT. 'Spect they'll be coloring up soon! :)  Thanks for sharing.

Doug Dame

Floridian now back in Florida

#3 Casper

  • NANFA Fellow
  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 10 April 2019 - 10:21 AM

All nice.

I have been snorkeling a few times and walking creek banks hunting for morels.  Spring is springing and lots of lusty activity.

Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#4 Fleendar the Magnificent

Fleendar the Magnificent
  • NANFA Member
  • Ohio

Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:04 PM

I wish we had those yellowfins up here in Ohio. Gorgeous!

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