April President’s Message

When I sat down to write my message for this newsletter, I had a bit of writer’s block. Those that know me know it’s a fairly rare occurrence that I can’t think of something to say. Then it occurred to me that the reason I was having trouble is that we have so much going on right now, it’s hard to comment on any one thing.

Of course, the AFS/TWS Joint Annual Meeting in Reno this September is drawing closer by the minute. Calls for abstracts have now closed, and registration opens at the beginning of May. We’ve received a high volume of abstracts, which should provide a wide variety of options for attendees to select from. Our ExComm members have been hard at work with Society and TWS helping to establish the meeting program, plan continuing education courses, plan local events, develop the Skinner Raffle, and much more. Thank you to all of our ExComm members and volunteers who are helping with this significant effort.

 We have been advocating for our membership during conference planning and trying to find ways to get our government-employed members get to the meeting, given the challenges they may face with out-of-state travel. Among the Cal-Neva efforts is an increase in travel funding that has been budgeted by the Chapter. Details on any additional travel funding we can provide will be available on our website in May.

We awarded two $1,500 small project grants under our newly established program, one of which is investigating habitat quality for Pacific rockfish and one of which will investigate fish growth in alpine lakes. In the spirit of “no-spoilers”, I’ll leave it to the authors to provide details once their research is complete. Congratulations to Theresa Bersin and Elizabeth Brauer of Cal Poly, and Henry Baker of UC San Diego on receiving the awards. And, special thanks to Laurie Earley and Shawn Acuna for leading the effort to establish the program. 

Our Native Fishes Committee planned their annual workshop, which was set to take place in Clear Lake. Unfortunately, due to the large amount of precipitation this year, the campground they intended to use was flooded and they were forced to go back to the drawing board. However, not to be deterred, the committee worked hard to establish an alternative along the Russian River. If you would like to participate in the Native Fishes Committee’s Annual Workshop, details are available on our website. 

We will also be voting on new officers to take their positions following the Annual Meeting in September. We will be voting on a new President-Elect and Treasurer. Being President has been an amazing ride for me, and I am truly happy I took the initiative to throw my hat in the ring. I am happy to talk to anyone interested in running and share my experience. If you are interested in one of these officer roles with Cal-Neva, please contact our Bylaws and Nominations Chair, Ramona Swenson (roswenson@gmail.com). It’s not too late! 

Thank you all for your continued support and interest, and I hope we’ll see you in Reno!