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SEWNFC - June Event - Sampling with the DNR!

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 03:31 AM


I would like to announce a special event that the Southeastern Wisconsin Native Fish Club is having in June. On Saturday, June 19th, we will have a FREE afternoon of Sampling Native Fish with the Crew of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources! At 12:00pm on Saturday, June 19th, we will be meeting the Wisconsin DNR at the Mukwonago River in Mukwonago, WI for a sampling event. DNR crew will show us how they sample fish, and we will get to sample with them! This will be a Catch, Photograph, and Release (CPR) trip. As I mentioned, this event is FREE and open to the public, but we ask that you register to attend. To register, please contact me, Brian Torreano at (262) 268-7489 or at bt@btdarters.com. When you register, you will be given detailed directions to the meeting site. Last year we had great weather, great collecting, took great photos, and had an awesome time! Won't you join us? Here are some pictures from last year's trip:

Orangespotted Sunfish (Lepomis humilis)

Stonecat Madtom (Noturus flavus)


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:09 PM

This has been a long time coming, but I've finally put together the pictures from our June sampling event with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). I think that everyone had a great time and we saw some really neat fish! Thanks again to John Lyons of the DNR who brought the backpack shocker and showed us all of the cool fish! Here are the photos:

Here's John showing his shocking gear to the group and explaining how he's going to use it. The Mukwonago River is in the background. Isn't it beautiful?

Here, John's showing us a Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus) - a sunfish species - that we shocked in the river. Warmouth are neat and you don't see them too often in southeastern Wisconsin, so this was a really neat find!

Here we see a male Rainbow Darter (Etheostoma caeruleum). The colors of the fish are very nice. It looks like it was freshly painted!

Here's a picture I took with my experimental large photo tank. To give you an idea of the size, the right-most fish, a Logperch (Percina caprodes), is about five inches long. The other fish that you can see are, from left to right, a male Longear Sunfish (Lepomis megalotis), a Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), and a female Longear Sunfish (in the back). I think that the tank worked pretty well. I plan on possibly publishing a short article about the tank in an upcoming issue of American Currents, NANFA's official publication.

Here's another shot of the male Longear Sunfish. Ain't he a beaut'?

Here's a Blackside Darter (Percina maculata) in the net. The other fish that is in the folds of the net is a Logperch.

Here's a fish that was a little too large for the photo tank - a Bowfin (Amia calva). It was neat to see this large predator in the river even though he eats a lot of the fish that I usually try to collect. Hey, a fish's gotta make a living? Right?

The largest fish in the picture is a young Lake Chubsucker (Erimyzon sucetta). This was especially exciting for me as I'd never seen one of these alive in the wild before. Very cool! The other fish in the picture are: a Fantail Darter (bottom)(Etheostoma fabellarae), a young Largemouth Bass (near the Chubsucker's tail)(Micropterus salmoides), and a Logperch (in back).

I hope you've enjoyed this photo log of the sampling event. We had a really great time! I hope to see you there if we have it again! Thanks for your kind attention!


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:20 PM

That looks like it was one great trip, Brian. Really nice photos, too. Some day I have to get up there...

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