GARNA organizes talk and tour of the Alamosa Native Aquatic Species Restoration Facility

On Tuesday, June 7, join for a field trip to tour the John W. Mumma Native Aquatic Species Restoration Facility (NASRF) followed by a picnic lunch and boreal toad presentation. NASRF was built in 2000 to facilitate the conservation of rare aquatic native species through captive propagation, genetic conservation, scientific research and public education and awareness. Through research and employment of new and improved culture techniques, technologies and methodologies, NASRF continues to maximize its production while ensuring a safe and ethical culture environment for its native aquatic species at risk. To date, NASRF has been successful in the captive propagation of 11 species of fish and the boreal toad, a State endangered high-elevation amphibian. Ted Smith of NASRF will lead a two-hour morning tour of the facility beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will be a break for lunch around noon. Lunch will be followed by a 45 minute boreal toad presentation and Q&A session with Stephanie Shively, Wildlife Biologist with the USFS Salida Ranger District. The program will last from 8:15 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. including travel time to Alamosa. Ride sharing from the Salida area will be available for the trip to Alamosa. Details to be provided to those who register. The cost of the trip is $5 for GARNA members; $7 for non-association members. Online registration is available at http://garna.org/calendar/frogs-toads-day-6-7-16/. For more information, please call GARNA at 539-5106.

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