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Re: Need for volunteers
I have watched the last couple days of messages with great interest as well
as received a couple of direct emails about helping out the Species
Maintenance Committee. It seems to me there are some people who really want
to make an honest attempt. To that end, I am willing to take a serious look
1. I am willing to set up an E-Mail List (temporary only- no
competition with Killie Talk) to discuss options that could be put into
place and develop a team of people willing to accept realistic (albeit
somewhat intensive) work with the SMC.
2. Potentially develop an electronic newsletter/paper newsletter
for within the working group to tie together each job. Basically make this
like some of the past Study Groups for the AKA.
3. See if - as a group - we can come up with a viable way to place
'endangered species' into the hands of breeders, reintorduce those fish into
the hobby and find a viable way to track those fish over the long term.
4. Look at ways the A.K.A. could better support "outside" programs
for the maintenance of "wild" endangered killies and also find a way to work
with the "Professional" organizations (zoos, aquariums, state wildlife
depts. etc.) to better support their efforts in preservation.
So let me know - both openly and privately what you think - I'll wait a few
days - then sort out the ideas and suggestions and post the gist of what I
get. Any Takers?
AKA Species Maintenace Chairman
----- Original Message -----
From: "David J. Ramsey" <djramsey at mindspring_com>
To: <KillieTalk at aka_org>
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 1:49 PM
Subject: Need for volunteers
> The answer to all of the species maintenance questions and everything even
> remotely similar to seems to fall into 2 categories:
> 1 - volunteers with whatever (money, time, tank space, skill level, etc)
> actually accomplish something.
> 2 - THE PLAN. Got to have a plan.
> That there is a large group of people who I think would like to do more is
> That there is a small group buried in trying to do it without enough help
> also obvious.
> Since variations of this discussion have probably been going on
> Here is my killie resume, AKA - here is a volunteer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> I am in my second year of AKA and killies (30+++ with fish), learning
> everything I can about all of it. So I definitely do not have much to
> with making the plan.
> But I do have the desire to do something. Just do not ever see a specific
> list that says 'we need a volunteer to do such and such' that I can see if
> have the whatever to do it. I currently have 60 tanks, 18 species. My main
> interest is in the Fp's and australes.
> The Blue Gularis and the different gardneri reproduce to the point I am
> considering getting an Oscar or two. I would be happy to take a rare and
> endangered Fp and have a good try at reproducing them. I don't care who
> the fry they produce. The next nickel of profit I make on killies will
> definitely be the first one, and probably stay a lonely one, so the money
> not important.
> My australes breed like crazy with lots of good strong fry. No they are
> chocolates, they are the orange ones, but if I squint real hard and the
> light is bad.....
> I make my living writing database intensive computer programs. Any help
> needed there?
> I wish that all the videos the AKA has had a review of what they are
> what they contain, what skill level of hobbyist they are aimed at. I would
> be happy to get a box of 20 videos and I will happily donate a review of
> each one. I'll pay the freight to send them back and you can send 20 more,
> or whatever. They would certainly sell better if it was easy to know what
> was on them.
> Enough space taken up with me - how about everyone else? I think the time
> for action is now
> No this is not my soapbox, it is an empty can of brine shrimp eggs.
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