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Re: [Killietalk] The Armagosa River in two days...
traps that were washed into the hole were not the result of a flash flood as
reported but rather the Tsunami in Indonesia. After that event the water
level rose approximately 4 feet submerging the equipment allowing it to sink
into the hole. This killed approximately 80 fish. "
David - You're kidding right?
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Lains" <david at zfin_org>
To: "'killifish discussion list'" <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 2:54 PM
Subject: [Killietalk] The Armagosa River in two days...
> Hello All
> Just got back from a 2 day trip to the Armagosa River (Last weekend). We
> made it from Fairbanks spring to Salt Creek hitting every pupfish habitat
> in-between. We ended up with a 2006 GMC Envoy that was definitely
> for use on the Vegas strip. We put it through it's paces and I'm not sure
> they'll ever get the dust from Ash meadows out of the interior. Flying
> San Francisco we lucked out and flew right over Death Valley and Ash
> meadows. I was bummed that I checked my camera and didn't get any
> Google earth just isn't the same as a picture from the air.
> Good news on the Fairbanks fish. They are not being hindered by the
> Cichlid as of yet. They are reportedly the most robust population at Ash
> meadows, though the Crystal springs fish were very abundant in the ditches
> leading to Crystal Reservoir. The convicts get a hell of a time from the
> courting mionecties holding territories. It's an interesting mix of fish
> somewhat like Cuatro Cienegas with a cyprinodon, a poecilid and a cichlid.
> The Devil's Hole Pupfish is below 200 fish total including refugia. The
> traps that were washed into the hole were not the result of a flash flood
> reported but rather the Tsunami in Indonesia. After that event the water
> level rose approximately 4 feet submerging the equipment allowing it to
> into the hole. This killed approximately 80 fish. The School Springs
> Refugia is no longer but the Point of Rocks and Hoover Dam sites are still
> The School spring viewing pools seems to have had only a few fish. More
> pectoralis were seen in the shallow spring seeps in the area.
> Point of Rocks was beautiful as usual and well worth the trip.
> Sarasota Springs was surrounded by Reeds that made it difficult to get to
> the main springs but fish could be seen fighting over the fluid sand in
> bottom. I was surprised to see hornwort in this pool but it's native by
> range but I'm wondering if it made it's way there by an aquarist.
> The weather was a bit cold and it actually rained a bit while we were at
> Salt Creek. Only a few fish were seen but we didn't brave the weather to
> make it to the origin of the creek where the fish reportedly over winter.
> The out flows of the creek were fairly cold an the fish seen were a bit
> It was a great trip and one well worth making if you're ever in the
> Best fishes
> David Lains
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