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ARESpring2009

VIEWS: 6 PAGES: 12

									                                                                                                                      Spring 2009 Edition



     INSIDE
AROUND THE BEND
• Thank-you to Volunteers
• Free Fishing Day List
                  Page 1

ARE VOLUNTEER CORNER
• Volunteer Patches
Page 2

WILD ACTIVITIES
• EXPO 2009
• Watershed Watch Teacher
                 Page 3
                                                                                                                     Grants Free Fishing Day 2008
                                                   A    d Th B d
                                                   Around The Bend


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MORE A.R.E. STUFF
• Conservation Spotlight                                            How are you doing? How is the outdoor summer season shaping up?
• Aquatic Invasive Species                                          I am excited for the beginning of a new round of outdoor aquatic
• Tour a Fish Hatchery                                              education and angling
                                                                                                  Free Fishing Day June 6, 2009
                   Page 4-5                                         events. We have
                                                                                                  Locations and sponsors listing
                                                                    another fantastic line
                                                                    up of Free Fishing Day     Northeast
VOLUNTEER
                                                   events across the state. We are trying      • Questa - Eagle Rock, USFS and BLM,
OPPORTUNITIES IN 2009                                                                           Enchanted Circle Trout Unlimited
• Events                                           something new this year with the big
             Page 6                                Outdoor Expo in Albuquerque. The            Southeast
                                                   new dates this year are Aug. 22-23.         • Roswell - Wal-Mart Super Center, catfish catch
                                                   There are plenty of opportunities           and release pool
WILD BOOKSHELF
                                                                                               • Grindstone Reservoir - USFS
• Mastering Pike on the Fly                        outlined here for you to get involved.
                                                   Make it even more fun and bring a           • Santa Rosa - Blue Hole Kids Pond, City of
• Angling Numbers                                                                               Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa State Parks
                  Page 7                           friend, child or grand child won’t
                                                   regret it.                                  Southwest
WILD WORKSHOPS                                                                                 • Las Cruces - Alumni Pond, Mesilla Valley Fly
                                                   According to the National Sporting           Fishers, Dona Ana County Association
• In the Field                                                                                  Sportsmen
               Page 8                              Goods Association, as our economy
                                                                                               • Lake Roberts - Gila National Forest
                                                   began skidding into recession in 2007,
                                                                                               • Ralph Edwards Pond - Truth or Consequences,
                                                   spending on fishing rods and reels hit       • Caballo Lake - Fraternal Order of Eagles
                                                   a 10-year high of $356 million. Data
  All photos in this newsletter were provided by                                               Northwest
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish except      for last year is not yet available but
                    where noted.                   I would be very interested in finding        • Albuquerque - Tingley Beach, City of
                                                                                                Albuquerque
                                                   out what sales end up doing.
     Visit us online at                                                                        • Santa Fe - Alto Park, downtown, Santa Fe River
                                                                                                Association, City of Santa Fe
  www.wildlife.state.nm.us                         It seems like I am hearing plenty of        • Heron Lake State Park
                                                                         Continued on page 8
A.R.E.Volunteer Corner
 2
This year the A.R.E. Volunteer of the Year is a shared award      to the continued success of the event. The individuals I have
that goes to Jere (Ellenberger) Wales and Doris Goode for         mentioned have been involved with CAST for the past 10
their outstanding work over the years in promoting angling        years, right along with me. Really – they are CAST for Navajo
education in New Mexico and specifically, Catch A Special          Lake State Park.
Thrill (CAST) events at Navajo Lake State Park. Last year
over 1100 volunteer hours were contributed towards making         “Please honor them and the Bureau of Reclamation employees
the CAST event at Navajo Lake a reality.                          along with the Bass Masters, and anglers from all over the
                                                                  Four Corners who are now retired or who have passed on, who
Here are some thoughts that Jere shared about the award.          saw the importance of a fishing event to a bunch of special
                                                                  kids.”
“CAST is not just a fishing event for disadvantaged children,
it is a life long commitment by a community. Anyway that          Very well put Jere and my hat is off to you and Doris, the boat
is what it has become for me and some very dear friends           captains and everyone involved with CAST in New Mexico.
on our CAST Steering Committee. I cannot say anything             Thanks again to Doris Goode Park Superintendent for her long
that does not involve my partners: Debra Lisenbee, Kellie         and strong support for CAST at Navajo Lake State Park.
Skelton, Kevin Schneider, Dave Gates, Mark Watkins,
Patrick Ogelsby, Connie Johnston and Doris Goode. These             Bureau of Reclamation: Jere (Ellenberger) Wales; David
individuals are the community’s CAST event. They get just as        Gates; Mark Watkins. Farmington Police Dept: Connie
excited that morning at 6 a.m. as the kids they are expecting       Johnston. San Juan County Paramedics: Patrick Ogelsby.
to take fishing. Their enthusiasm keeps the event alive and the      Special Olympics: Debra Lisenbee. Energen & Four
community involved.                                                 Corners Bass Club: Kellie Skelton. Bureau of Land
                                                                    Management: Kevin Schneider. Navajo Lake State Park:
“My special moments are seeing the kids climb off the bus and       Doris Goode.
once they spot the clear blue water and all those enthusiastic
volunteers and the beautiful boats, they are thrilled and that
warms my heart. The stories that are shared with me every
year after the conclusion of the day, are also special.

“Many of the kids make friends with the fishermen and
their families and bonding friendships are formed. In
some instances, a fear of water has been resolved. Special
mentorship on the part of fishermen working directly with
the kids is also very rewarding as some of these kids don’t
experience that on an everyday basis.

“The best part for me is seeing so many people embracing
                                                                                       ARE Patches Available for
CAST in our community and turning out year after year to see                           Volunteers
                                                                                       If you are an active
                                                                                       volunteer you should
                                                                                       have a couple of A.R.E.
Recent A.R.E. Volunteers to sign up: Stephen Dixon, Ernest Facundo, Ray Hood,          patches. If you would like
Eric Kershaw, Chris Neal, Chevas Thayer and John Wright.                               a patch and have not yet joined as
                                                                                       a volunteer just fill out an A.R.E.
Thank you so much for all your help!                                                   Volunteer application (found on
                                                                                       our website) and send it in to the
If you would like to join this group of individuals helping kids develop a life-long   address listed on the application.
interest in angling or would like more information about our A.R.E. Volunteer          Once we approve your application,
Program please contact Kevin Holladay, (505) 476-8095 or kevin.holladay@state.         we will let you know of the next
nm.us. To download the application at our website go to www.wildlife.state.nm.us       volunteer opportunity. Once you have
and go to Education/Project WILD.                                                      completed your first activity we will
                                                                                       send a couple of patches out to you!
                                                    A.R.E. Volunteer Corner
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C.A.S.T. Events at Elephant Butte and Navajo Lake State Parks:
Bringing Kids and Anglers Together for a Special Day
                                                                                                              Photo by Jere Ellenberger
Disabled and disadvantaged children, along with
developmentally-challenged adults from across the
Four Corners area, have a unique opportunity to learn
the art of fishing at Navajo Lake State Park on May 16,
2009 and Elephant Butte State Park on October 3, 2009.

Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) is a joint effort among
State Parks, Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land
Management, New Mexico Game and Fish and various
local agencies and angling groups.

“It’s nice to see the kids having a good time enjoying
the great outdoors at Navajo Lake, “For most of these
kids, this might be the only time this year that they get
to fish.” said Park Superintendent Doris Goode.

C.A.S.T. teaches children about fishing as a natural
resource and provides them with an outdoor adventure
they won’t forget. It also teaches others about the          C.A.S.T. at Navajo Lake State Park. From left to right: Adriana Trujillo,
capabilities of children and adults who have disabilities.   Diana Schneider - Bloomfield High School , Kevin Schneider - BLM, Carla
                                                             Henke, Otto the Otter (Bureau of Reclamation), Steve Henke - District Man-
                                                             ager Farmington Bureau of Land Management
The event runs from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and shows
participants everything from knot tying to the different
fish species of at Navajo and Elephant Butte Lakes.            Cooperators include Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of
Kids receive fishing poles, tackle boxes, t-shirts and         Land Management, national and local sponsors, bass
awards. Lunch is provided for all participants and            fishing clubs and local interest groups.
volunteers. Every youngster receives some recognition
and prizes on top of the fun experience of being out in       The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation hosts over 50 events
the water catching fish.                                       per year in over half of the United States and expands
                                                              by 8 new events per year and into 2 new states per year
C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is a public charity that         on average. The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation aims for
was formed in 1991 to join volunteers who love to fish         presence across the nation allowing children everywhere
with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day            and of any means an opportunity to learn how to fish.
of fishing in the outdoors. The Foundation became
an official 501(c)3 in 1994 and currently hosts two            Elephant Butte and Navajo Lake are New Mexico’s
programs; C.A.S.T. for Kids Program and Fishing Kids          first and second largest lakes and offer the full gamut
Program which reaches out to urban area youth.                of water sports and services. Developed areas along the
                                                              lake, include visitor centers with interpretive exhibits,
C.A.S.T events are designed to create an environment          developed campgrounds, day use areas and full service
whereby special needs children and their caretakers           marinas.
leave their problems on shore and share a day of fun on
the water. These events increase awareness of disabled        To volunteer for these events contact Doris Goode,
and disadvantaged children in communities and teach           Navajo Lake (505) 632-2278 or Chris Bolen, Elephant
appreciation for healthy waters and fisheries.                 Butte (575) 744-5923.
Tour A FISH                           HATCHERY
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Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery
What’s in a name?
Sleuthing for the origins
of the name Lisboa
Springs began with NM
Department of Game and
Fish records, moved on
to the internet, the State
Archives Library and
several phone interviews
with native New Mexicans.
Research indicates that the
natural springs on what is
now the Lisboa Springs
Fish Hatchery, were likely
named during the 1800’s.
It is still a mystery who
named the natural springs
Lisboa. Many of the ‘old
timers’ indicate that most
New Mexico place names
were named after people.
However, since Lisboa is the Spanish name
for Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, perhaps
the springs were named for that European
city.

The first settlements in Pecos Village
occurred in the early 1800’s but the land
was considered to be Pueblo land. In 1826,
settlers petitioned the early government in
Santa Fe to approve a new land grant stating
that there was a surplus of land available.
While the Mexican government did not
approve of this, action taken by a Pueblo
chieftain brought about a sale of land now
called Pecos Village to Juan Estevan Pino. The sale was     in Merideth A. Hmura’s book, Mountain View Ranch,
finalized with the exchange of 11 cows and 2 prime bulls     1915-1945 provides an interesting history of the Pecos
going to the Pueblo people. The story is complex and        River Valley. George Viles worked as a U.S. Forest
one can find more information in G. Emlen Halls 1984         Service ranger. One of his duties was to stock the waters
book, Four Leagues of Pecos, A Legal History of the         of the upper Pecos River Watershed using fish raised at
Pecos Grant, 1800-1933.                                     the hatchery. One to two-inch-long fish were placed into
                                                            small milk cans filled with water and hand stocked into
Fast forward to 1921 when the Lisboa Springs State          streams and lakes.
Fish Hatchery began providing fish for anglers. Lisboa
Springs Hatchery is New Mexico’s oldest state-operated      Excerpts from Viles’ diary:
fish culture facility. The diary of George (Skipper) Viles          “December 3, 1913 – Put 2 cans in Winsor, 1 in
                                                       Tour A Fish                   Hatchery
                                                                                                                    5
Panchuela and 3 in Jacks Creek.
  August 6, 1915 – Took 4 cans trout to Spirit Lake.
  July 6, 1913 – Tom Steward and I caught 150 trout.
  June 18, 1942 – Got 6 trout in 20 minutes.”

Fish were definitely plentiful with fewer people
fishing the waters before the 1950s. However, the
upper Pecos River and its tributaries and lakes
continue to be some of the state’s best cold water
fishing areas. The hatchery also continues to stock
rainbow trout, providing food and recreation for
anglers. However, the hatchery itself has undergone
some changes.

The hatchery was renovated in 1984. Raceways,
ponds and buildings were in much need of repair
and modernization after 63 years of production. The
renovation resulted in a new administrative office and a visitor’s center. Improvements included 8 fry raceways,
32 major raceways, facility buildings and employee residences. In 2002, additional improvements were made by
covering raceways and installing high-tech equipment to treat river water to prevent the spread of whirling disease.

Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery is located adjacent to the Pecos River in the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountain
Range, just 2.5 miles north of the village of Pecos. The hatchery site lies within the historic Alexander Valle Grant
in Section 21, San Miguel County, New Mexico. Geographically, the site is at the southern end of the nearly 1,000
mile-long Rocky Mountain range.

Water on the 10-acre site is supplied by Lisboa Springs, a well and additional water pumped from the Pecos River.
River water is diverted upstream from the hatchery and piped to the facility. Rainbow trout are raised from the egg
stage to 9 - 10-inch long catchables. Rainbow trout eggs are purchased for state hatcheries from private trout farms in
Idaho and Washington.

Recent annual stocking records include:
   • Pecos River from Cowles to Villanueva ................. 77,600 fish
       (not including tributaries of the Pecos River)
   • Gallinas River                       ............................ 10,000
   • Harris Lake                          ............................ 1,500
   • Monastery Lake                       ............................ 22,800

The main hatchery building includes incubation and fry troughs. The visitor center consists of two large viewing
windows to see the troughs, displays on the development stages of rainbow trout, as well as a map of other state-run
hatcheries. There also is an architectural model of the hatchery renovation in 1984. Lisboa Springs Hatchery provides
a self-guided tour with interpretive signs. School tours can be arranged by calling the hatchery at (505) 757-6360.

Colleen Welch
More A.R.E. Stuff
 6
ANGLING CONSERVATION GROUP SPOTLIGHT:
Truchas Chapter - Trout Unlimited                                                                                 Photo: James Brooks
In late 2008, the Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited
launched its youth education program. The mission of
the Truchas Chapter Youth Education Program (TCYEP)
is to create and develop the next generation of coldwater
conservationists, through year-round aquatic resource
educational opportunities for New Mexico youth.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) – In this program, students
rear trout from eggs to adults in a classroom aquarium.
The students will study trout biology and related sub-
jects such as water quality; students will learn firsthand
the link between an animal’s environment and the
quality of its life. TCYEP’s first Trout in the Classroom
project is expected to be under way by mid March, and
two other TICs are expected to begin in autumn.

First Cast –Volunteers take students into the outdoors on
fishing trips. Summer school programs or youth groups
like Boys and Girls Clubs find First Cast outings very
beneficial.

TCYEPblogspot.com, a forum for young fishing enthu-
siasts to get together in a safe and educational online
environment.                                                Jeremy Brooks lands a nice looking rainbow trout from Coyote Creek.

                                                              precious wild resources grow as well. We recognize the
Schools – TCYEP is currently involved with several            role that high quality recreation plays in the physical and
northern New Mexico schools that have expressed inter-        spiritual health of all New Mexicans and in the proper
est in classes related to fish/trout ecology and fishing.       functioning of our society as a whole.
Several after school fly tying clubs have been formed.
                                                              No matter its focus, every youth group is heavily de-
Conservation Camps – Multi-day outdoor camps fo-              pendent on volunteer support. For TCYEP, to grow and
cused on coldwater ecosystems are invaluable for con-         thrive it will need chaperones, fly tiers, casting teachers,
necting young people and the outdoors. TCYEP will be          biologists, BSA troop leaders or merit badge counsel-
involved with two such camps with trout-related activi-       ors, and teachers for all of our projects. Our resource
ties designed for K-12 youth.                                 agencies always need volunteer support as well. Every
                                                              minute spent helping our young people become more fa-
Boy Scouts of America – Trout Unlimited has a program         miliar with the outdoors is a giant step toward a brighter
whereby Scouts can earn fishing and wildlife manage-           future for the Land of Enchantment. Contact your
ment merit badges by completing trout-related projects.       favorite outdoor youth program and start volunteering
TCYEP is committed to supporting Scouts in pursuing           today. For more information contact John Wright (505)
these merit badges.                                           992-2601.
TCYEP supports many state and federal agencies with           Editors note: ‘gone fishing’ invites other angling conser-
their education and outreach activities. As our state’s       vation/sporting groups to let us know what they are up
population continues to grow, the demands upon our            to in our next newsletter, Fall 2009.
                                                                   More A.R.E. Stuff
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Conservation Spotlight:
FELT SOLES ON THE WAY OUT FOR FISHING
Trout Unlimited National has asked fishing equipment
manufacturers to stop producing felt-soled waders and
wading shoes by 2011 to help bring an end to the spread
of aquatic nuisance species by anglers in America’s rivers
and streams.

Many waders, wading boots and shoes used by anglers
have felt-soled bottoms that are used to provide traction
while walking in water. Felt is a material that transmits
aquatic nuisance species such as the parasite that causes
whirling disease, the invasive algae called didymo or
rock snot and New Zealand mud snails.
Felt soles can easily become impregnated with mud and
other organic matter and become difficult to impossible
to clean or disinfect.

The good news is that there is new technology and
materials that provide viable alternatives to felt. Some
manufacturers are already using these newer materials on
wading shoes and angling products. Simms, for example,
has announced that 2009 will be the last year it will offer
felt-soled boots. The company will offer a new sticky
rubber sole on eight boot models this month.

The impact of aquatic nuisance species on native
species in New Mexico is already substantial and has
the potential to be huge. They are second only to loss
                                                              The diatom Didymosphenia geminata is an amazing
of habitat and in many cases are already responsible for
                                                              invasive species. It can totally dominate stream
causing losses in biodiversity, changes in ecosystems.
                                                              surfaces by covering every square inch of substrate
Not far off are potential impacts on agriculture, fisheries
                                                              with thicknesses greater than 7 inches! The stalks are
and interstate commerce.
                                                              frequently mistaken for raw sewage, leading homeowners
                                                              and anglers to complain to local water treatment plants.
“It is like a war on our streams, rivers and lakes with
                                                              In the United States, the cost to control and eradicate
a new enemy rearing its ugly head each week. First
                                                              nuisance and invasive species is estimated at $120 billion
whirling disease, then mud snails and now didymo or
                                                              annually, with $1 billion from the impacts of invasive
some other invasive aquatic plant,” said Jack Williams,
                                                              zebra mussels alone.
Trout Unlimited’s senior scientist. “We have to be more
aggressive in our battle against the spread of invasive
                                                              Brian Lang, invertebrate species biologist for the
species,”
                                                              Department, has a lot of concern about didymo’s impact
                                                              on New Mexico. “Due to human transport mechanisms,
The arrival of didymo in New Mexico was first noted in
                                                              didymo, like most aquatic invasive species, has the
August 2008 in the Pecos River drainage near Panchuela
                                                              potential to spread to numerous low nutrient streams
Creek and has spread to the nearby Rio Santa Barbara -
                                                              statewide, seriously affecting coldwater fisheries and local
an Outstanding National Resource Water.
                                                              economies.”
Around The Bend
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continued from page 1
stories that back up this statistic. As a member of the Aquatic Resource Education Association, I read quite a few
e-mails about angling recruitment and retention. One recent thread is that states are seeing evidence that the one
splurge people are allowing themselves is getting outside and going fishing.

This may be the perfect time to do what we can to promote fishing. As volunteers interested in angling and healthy
watersheds, this tough economic time could be our golden opportunity to show how affordable and fun angling
can be. Proper preparation of fish by removing the skin and not deep-frying them means that eating fish regularly
continues to be a healthy alternative to red meat.

One group of people that have been involved with getting kids outside and fishing for over 12 years are the 2009
A.R.E. Volunteers of the Year, Jere Ellenberger and Doris Goode. It’s a shared award this year recognizing the
wonderfully collaborative team that Navajo Lake State Park has put together over the years for their C.A.S.T event.

A new feature offers angling conservation groups in New Mexico a chance to share what they are up to. Read about
the Truchas Chapter-Trout Unlimited’s new youth education program.

Colleen Welch gives us an interesting look at the history of Lisboa Springs, the oldest fish hatchery in New Mexico.

Aquatic invasive species continue to make their march across the country and New Mexico. We are not helpless
though, we can all assist by following some common-sense guidelines. Check out our review of “rock snot”, the
latest aquatic invasive to show up in the Pecos River. Learn what you can do to help prevent its spread.

Lest we forget about what got us all into the outdoors sports in the first place, read the review of the beautiful book,
Free Flow.

I look forward to seeing you out in the field soon.

Kevin Holladay




Marla Dwire, Colleen Welch and Sara L
M l D i C ll         W l h d S Lucero, f          Department of G
                                             from D                    d Fish, having
                                                              f Game and Fi h h i fun
helping kids work on fish prints at Albuquerque Outdoor EXPO 2008.
                                                                         New Mexico WILD Activities
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                             ALBUQUERQUE OUTDOOR EXPO PLANNED FOR 2009
                             Outdoor EXPO 2008 was a huge success largely due to our
                             wonderful volunteers! Many thanks to our A.R.E. Volunteer
                             Instructors at last years EXPO: Jessie Cortez, Joshua Cortez,
                             Ron Craven, Bob Gerding, Ed Horst, Andrew Limon, Jim
                             and Dixie ??, Bob Murphy, Ronald Dempsey, Joe Lopez,
                             Michael Morales, Matt Morales, Zeke Santistevan, Andre
                             Santistevan, Rudy Rios, TJ Trout and Zane Valdez.

                             These individuals helped out with our catfish pond, casting
                             station and teaching fly-tying. They worked with hundreds of
                             kids to demonstrate how to tie flies, cast and release catfish.
                             Please consider joining us Aug. 22-23, 2009 at the City of
                             Albuquerque Shooting Range Park. This is an excellent
                             opportunity for those of you in the Albuquerque area to help
                             out with teaching spin-casting, fly-casting or fly tying.

                             There are also fun volunteer opportunities at our wildly popular catfish
                             pond. Kids stand in line out the tent for a chance to land a catfish.
                             We need volunteers to bait hooks, assist in          Top: Ronald Dempsey shows
                             releasing fish, and making sure everyone                how to make fishing lures.
                             has a safe, fun time.                          Bottom: Casey Hawthorn points out
                                                                                    the variety of fish in New Mexico.


                             Aquatic WILD Activities
                            Watershed Watch Teacher: Eva Abeyta
                                                                                Ev
                                                                                Eva Abeyta          For the last two years, Eva has worked with a total of
Photo by Richard Schrader




                                                                                has a
                                                                                ha                  90 middle school students from five classes, testing
                                                                                passion for
                                                                                pa                  monthly chemical parameters in Water Canyon near
                                                                                getting her
                                                                                ge                  their school. Eva applied for and received grant money
                                                                                students into
                                                                                stu                 for transportation costs under New Mexico State Parks
                                                                                their local
                                                                                the                 ‘Kids ‘N Parks’ program. This funding provided monthly
                                                                                watersheds
                                                                                wa                  bus service for her students to reach their monitoring site
                                                                                and
                                                                                an                  at Water Canyon.
                                                                                seeing the
                                                                                see
                                                                                connection
                                                                                co                  Besides looking at water chemistry, Eva and her students
                                                                                with a
                                                                                wi                  also collect macroinvertebrate samples, learn about their
                            Eva Abeyta and student sort out macroinvertebrates. healthy
                                                                                he                  anatomy, and identify and sort the invertebrates for further
                                                                                fisheries.           study. Eva has full support from her school’s assistant
                            Eva is the Watershed Watch teacher at Los Alamos                        and primary principals for the Watershed Watch program.
                            Middle School. She first began working with                              Next year Eva may play a role in connecting the middle
                            Watershed Watch about 10 years ago when she                             school program with an outdoor classroom program for
                            taught at Espanola Valley High School. Later, while                     Los Alamos High School. Way to go Eva! And thanks
                            teaching at McCurdy High School, Eva continued as                       to Watershed Watch contractor, Richard Schrader for
                            a role model for her students by teaching them about                    his support to Eva and his unwavering commitment to
                            watershed and fisheries monitoring along the Santa                       watershed education.
                            Cruz River.
                                       IN 2009
March 21                                                May 16
Belen Breakfast Optimist Club Fishing Jamboree          Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) event, Navajo
                                                        Lake State Park
April 11
Alumni Pond, Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley Fly             May 18-19
Fishers                                                 Farmington Children’s Water Festival

April 24 - 25                                           May 30
New Mexico Envirothon Competition, Ruidoso              Upper Pecos Watershed Association. Annual Pecos
                                                        River cleanup. Village of Pecos.
April 25
Fly Fishing Seminar, Cottonwood Campground,             June 6
below Navajo Dam.                                       Free Fishing Day- many locations see above

April 25                                                June 13
Tucumcari Kids Fishing Clinic, BPOE Lodge and           Kids Fishing Clinic, Morphy Lake State Park
City of Tucumcari
                                                        June 20
April 30                                                Santa Cruz Lake-USFS Fish Fiesta
Watershed Watch Congress, student presentations,
Bosque School, Albuquerque                              July 11
                                                        Hopewell Lake, USFS Fish Fiesta
May 2
Brantley Lake State Park, Kids Fishing Clinic,          August 22-23
14th Annual                                             Albuquerque Outdoor EXPO, City of Albuquerque
                                                        Shooting Range Park
May 6 - 7
Santa Fe Children’s Water Festival, Santa Fe            October 3
Community College                                       Catch a Special
                                                        Thrill (C.A.S.T.)
May 8                                                   Event, Elephant
Fenton Lake State Park, Aquatic Resource                Butte State Park
Education Day, Jemez Springs schools

May 12 - 13
Gallup Children’s Water Festival                                            Rudy Rios, with New Mexico Trout, helping a youngster
                                                                            tie his first fly at Albuquerque Outdoor EXPO 2008.



  To volunteer for any of these events or for more specific locations and times
    contact Kevin Holladay (505) 476-8095, kevin.holladay@state.nm.us. or
          Colleen Welch (505) 476-8119, colleen.welch@state.nm.us


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The A.R.E. Book Shelf
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Free Flow: The Gila River in New Mexico
Jan Haley, Introduction by M.H. Salmon, Poetry by Carol Sinor, UNM Press, 2008.
                                 This is not your usual book of scenic landscape shots. It is a collection of color photographs and
                                 nicely paired poetry that reveals a sharp naturalist’s eye. Jan Haley, author of Max Evans’ Hi Lo
                                 Country: Under the One-Eyed Sky, vividly shows the subtle yet strong beauty of the Gila River,
                                 New Mexico’s last free-flowing river.
                                 Anglers and wildlands enthusiasts of all kinds will find a stunning collection of photographs
                                 and evocative poetry. Jan takes us along from the headwaters to Willow Creek, Gilita Creek,
                                 the forks and then the true Gila River. If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit and cast a line for
                                 everything from Gila trout, to small-mouth bass to catfish then make plans now to go visit. Just
                                 bring this lovely book along for sitting around the campfire in the evenings. It is as soothing as it
                                 is as much a call to keep the Gila River wild and free.
                                                            To The River
                                                     “All life leads to the river
                                                purified by rocks, rushing forward,
                                                        continuous, certain,
                                              committed to this path: her own design.
                                             enviable, endless form of ripples, currents
                                                       pools and puddles…”
                                                            Carol Sinor
                                                  First stanza from To The River


Tackle that Changed Fishing
At the 75th ICAST Show in Las Vegas, several thousand anglers were asked to list the items that they felt were the most
instrumental in shaping the sport of fishing (especially bait fishing) since the origin of the show. The American Sportfishing
Association compiled the results.
Here are their top 10 choices:                                         Lowrance Fish Lo-K-Tor (1957)
                                                                       The “Little Green Box” that used sonar to locate fish and
Original Floater Minnow (1936)                                         structure, and measure the water depth.
This remains one of the most successful and widely copied
hard lures in sport fishing history. The original and current           Monofilament Line (1958)
manufacturer is Rapala.                                                Improved the durability, affordability and casting ability
                                                                       of fishing line while reducing its visibility to fish. DuPont
Spring-Loaded Bobber (1947)                                            Stren was the original manufacturer.
This made suspending a baited hook at a desired depth
simpler and easier. First manufacturer was Nibble Nabber.              Minn Kota Trolling Motor (1958)
                                                                       First electric gear-driven trolling motor that gave anglers
Mitchell 300 (1949)
                                                                       the ability to quickly and quietly maneuver their boat.
The first commercially successful spinning reel, still popular
today.                                                                 Fenwick High Modulus Graphite Rod (1972)
                                                                       Revolutionized the making of fishing rods with super-
Crème Plastic Worm (1949)
                                                                       sensitive carbon (graphite) fibers.
The artificial work that looked and felt real, and started the
soft plastic bait trend that changed fishing forever.                   Shakespeare Ugly Stick (1976)
                                                                       Special construction that created an affordable, unbreakable
Closed-Face Spincast Reel (1949)
                                                                       fishing rod that remains popular today.
Made fishing easy and affordable, especially for kids and
casual anglers. Brought out by Zero Hour Bomb Company,                 So, what do you think? Let us know what you feel should
better known as Zebco.                                                 be on this list.
New Mexico WILD Workshops
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WILD WORKSHOPS
Advanced Project WILD Workshops
     • Herpetology Natural History Workshop, July 31 - August 2, 2009, Wind River Ranch, on the Mora River,
near Watrous, NM. Questions?
     • Contact Aquatic Education Coordinator Kevin Holladay at (505) 476-8095

IN THE FIELD
                                            Jessie Cortez
                                            unhooks a
                                            big catfish.
                                            Albuquerque
                                            Expo 2008.




                                                            Chad Nelson,
                                                            in uniform,
                                                            helps out at the
                                                            catfish pond.
                                                            Albuquerque
                                                            Expo 2008.




                                                                                          Zeke Santistvan baits a
                                                                                          catfish pole. Albuquerque
                                                                                          Expo 2007.




            A.R.E. volunteer. Albuquerque
            Expo 2008.




CONTACT US
Aquatic Education Coordinator - Kevin Holladay • (505) 476-8095 • kevin.holladay@state.nm.us
Aquatic Education Co-Coordinator - Colleen Welch • (505) 476-8119 • colleen.welch@state.nm.us
N.M. Department of Game and Fish, Aquatic Education, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507

								
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