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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
>SELLING fish.

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
>highlighting natives?
>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
>non-game fishes.
>I'll shut up now.  I hope this helps bring about more detailed plans 
>Chris Hedemark
>Email: chris at yonderway_com   ICQ: 28986378
>Rural Living at Yonder Way - http://www.yonderway.com/rural

Robert Rice
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