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#1 Casper

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 02:16 PM

May 23, a Sunday, at the Avondale Brewery in downtown Birmingham, AL.

Some might remember it was at the Peoples Brewery near RR Park.

This is a different brewery, to the East.

 

https://www.eventbri...arch&keep_tld=1

 

Good for drinking beer, eating from food trucks and listening to music... but i have additional ideas...

 

The Festival benefits the Turkey Creek nature Preserve.

Vermilion, Watercress and Rush Darters are nearby.

Some of the water is snorkelable.


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

#2 Robert Lamb

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 02:24 PM

Sounds like a good time. Would love to see those darters in person, along with nearby Tuskaloosa darters. Sadly it lands on a bad day for me 



#3 Casper

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 06:42 PM

Attached File  (((DarterFest2016.pdf   1023.37KB   11 downloads

 

This is an article from NANFA's American Currents and the BioBlitz / Darterfest 3 day event way back in April 2016.

Perhaps being motivational to do our own Snorkel Blitz / Darterfest Visit these 5 years later.

 

Charles Y has given me a go ahead to camp at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and have access to their new pavilion, restrooms and electricity for Friday and Saturday nights leading up to Sunday's Darterfest nearby in Birmingham.  I suggested we make a minimum contribution of $10. a night to the TCNP as a thank you.

 

We had a great time 5 years ago so i'm thinking again and snorkel in some clear water, camp, and cook by fire.


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

#4 Irate Mormon

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 12:14 PM

Not sure if I can go but I sure would like to.  I was supposed to be on the "Friends of Turkey Creek" mailing list but I never got a single email from them. 


-The member currently known as Irate Mormon


#5 El Todd

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 12:37 PM

Not sure if I can go but I sure would like to.  I was supposed to be on the "Friends of Turkey Creek" mailing list but I never got a single email from them. 

 

Is that why you're irate? 



#6 Casper

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 04:08 PM

Getting close.

I've gotten specific camping directions so don't just show up.  Locked gates, etc.  Let me know.

Bryce, myself and a couple fellow snorkelers in limbo.

Weather looks ideal.  Water should be very clear. All day snorkel Saturday at 2 or 3 locations.

Sunday we plan a half a day at Darterfest.


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

#7 Robert Lamb

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Posted 24 May 2021 - 02:41 PM

Casper, do you have any pictures of the darters to share or those of us who missed out?



#8 Casper

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Posted 28 May 2021 - 09:48 AM

It was a fine trip, 2 days of excellent snorkeling and very nice camping in pavilion.

However i am recovering from other recent trips.

I hope to process photos but already getting way behind.


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

#9 Casper

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 10:52 AM

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I did a quick run through of the people pictures but way too many fishes photos to process... but here is a brief report...

 

 

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Our welcoming host and director of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the other renowned Charles Yeager.

 

 

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NANFA President Bruce and Ace Photog Bryce.

 

 

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Nocomis Coxi holding a well preserved wooden Watercress Darter.

 

 

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Beautiful snorkel pool at Turkey Creek.  Snorkeling the bouldered riffle runs above were most pleasant.  Very clear in the shallows with a multitude of inquisitive fish.

 

 

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Our 2 night habitat.  Note the clean concrete below and cathedral ceiling above.  Wonderful, cool, bug free evenings under the giant fan.

Electricity, lights, bathrooms and privacy.  Ideal accommodations for all 3 of us.

 

 

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Our access permission granted to the ancient trailer park swimming hole.

Looking downstream from the beaver dam.

 

 

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A crude shot but double catch of the 2 Darters within.  I will try and process the better images later and provide a fish list at some point.

I'm way behind on all my Spring adventures.

 

 

 


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

#10 Fleendar the Magnificent

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Posted 27 July 2021 - 07:31 PM

Can't wait to see more darter pics!



#11 Casper

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 09:38 AM

Maybe this Winter.  I'm behind on many trips reports and have more trips coming up.

:)


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



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