Rainbow Darters! Feb 25 2017

On Saturday, February 25 the NEOFNC gathered at a small tributary of the Rocky River in Hinckley Reservation to check out Rainbow Darters in their spawning colors. Cleveland Metroparks Fisheries Biologist Mike Durkalec came with electrofishing gear and captured a bunch of specimens for viewing. Species included rainbow darters, johnny darters, blacknose dace, creek chub, stonerollers, green sunfish, silver jaw minnows, white suckers, crayfish and two-lined salamanders. After Mike presented to the group we found stonefly nymphs, rainbow darters and cranefly larvae with a seine net! Despite cold temps and wet activities, everybody did a great job. Kids (and some adults) colored an illustration of a rainbow darter by David Wilson. You can download the image here and print it out at home to color more: rainbow dater coloring page.

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