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Re: NFC: Re: THE LIST/survey
>Oh boy have you asked for it. Here it comes. :-) Just please keep
>mind that everything I am going to say here is mostly to light a
>and hopefully some of y'all will feel the urge to fan the flames and
>Well one of the best ways, and possibly the cheapest, is CHILDREN.
We put together the Adopt a Tank Program on the website just for that
>If a regional group got together and put together a 30 minute video
>about the wildlife in the local watershed, touching on the niches
>species fills, you can bet the public school teachers will devote a
>class day to the viewing of such a tape. Don't get into it too
>but definitely give kids an impression about what is living in their
>back yards. I like the idea of filming these regionally because it
>the kids fired up and some will be excited to know that the pretty
>rainbow darters live in the creek that flows through their back
Now thats a good idea...the local news and the schools would eat it up
>Many parents enroll their children in educational fishing camps. I
>I participated in an annual fishing camp one weekend a year for every
>year until I was seventeen. Lots of fishing was getting done, and
>kids also participated in seminars. The last several years I was
>I helped my grandfather teach a class on saltwater fishing &
>prevention. We probably hit about 75 kids per year who enrolled in
>class. Generally I think they put the instructors up for free so it
>a great opportunity for a cheap fishing trip, and to spend half the
>saturday with many young minds being filled with whatever you put in
>front of them. Standing up in front of the kids for one hour with a
>tanks set up and maybe a slide show will open a new world for them.
>How about setting up a tank at the local museum and having a
>come by once a week to maintain it and replenish brochures provided
>to the tank?
Good idea but we need to have ways to access these resources , how does a
fishing camp ask for a NFC speaker ? For that Matter how does anyone get
a NFC speaker except for me No one in the nFC does much public
>One thing that would be really nice is starting to build a video
>library. Not necessarily a professional production, but a series of
>tapes to show people first how to set up an aquarium for natives, and
>then maybe other tapes about how to collect fish, about conservation
>issues and ethics, maybe in-depth tapes on individual families of
>fishes. I think it would be important to allow and even encourage
>people to copy these tapes and provide copies to friends. Look what
>such a free-use license has done for the Linux operating system,
>is now the most common operating system found on machines permanantly
>attached to the Internet. The master tapes should be stored
>and first generation copies provided to every region at cost.
>The NFC has a tremendous library of articles and caresheets on the
>site. I think these can probably be dressed up a little prettier
>one or two photos per sheet. Then try to talk to the local pet shop
>about carrying one of the hardier and more colorful native species
>provide free care sheets for each one. Make the first batch of
>free because *when* they sell, he's going to want to have more. But
>won't be much of a risk to him if you make the first batch risk free
>making the fish free (INITIALLY). Just try not to include too much
>these printed articles about how to CAPTURE fish because this might
>off as a bit threatening to a pet shop that is in the business of
We have tried photos with pics and the download time is so hight that
people just stop , so we made things as simple as possible on the site.
>Aquarium societies are always in need of speakers. This is a great
>opportunity to focus on a group of adults (and kids) who really
>understand and care about fish issues and in most cases probably
>know a dace from a darter.
Again we need to develop a speakers group !
>Sometimes larger pet shops will do seminars. The program prepared
>an aquarium society would work pretty well at a large pet shop too.
>Work with the proprieter to have some of the highlightes species
>available for sale after the presentation.
>Can the regional groups try to work with the local news channels to
>together a 60 second piece on native fishes in the local viewing area?
>You really have to light the audience on fire with it but I would
>in many areas this would be possible.
>Or an article submitted to the local paper? Maybe a short series
>I think there should be a stronger push to get more prominent linkage
>the big aquarium sites. If there is a little money available, a
>ad campaign wouldn't hurt. Banner ads generally cost a LOT LESS than
>you might think. In preparation for something like this, the site
>stand for a bit of a facelift. Spell check everything. Spice up the
>visual appeal of the articles (while well written, the formatting
>a bit to be desired). Include photos of the species in question in
>article. And from the front page, make prominent links to pages for
>newcomers to read. These few pages should have high visual appeal
>assume a short attention span to "hook" the reader.
>I wonder if there is a way for the NFC to piggyback on events
>around game fish events or fish stocking days.
>And along the same vain, how about submitting some articles to the
>fishing magazines to highlight some of the important non-game species
>that are vital to the survival of game fishes or that may otherwise
>enhance the life of game fishes. Robert, the article you posted
>about how you revitalized your pond is a great example of the kind of
>thing that many sport fisherman may be interested in reading.
>This is only the tip of the iceberg, folks. I don't know a lot about
>the NFC (just found it a few days ago) and I probably would have
>about y'all a lot sooner if some of the above suggestions were part
>"business as usual". A very important factor for groups such as the
>NFC, I think, is to make a daily effort to be extroverted and
>inclusive. Reach out to new people, and include them in the the
>goals. Make newbies feel like they have something to contribute.
>brush off people who don't know the first thing about North American
>I'll shut up now. I hope this helps bring about more detailed plans
>Email: chris at yonderway_com ICQ: 28986378
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