May 4 | 2019
A Fundraiser for
Native Stone Scenic Byway
and The Volland Store
Chrosomus erythrogaster male. Joseph Tomelleri
Fun Fish Sampling Tour
Lunch by the creek
Dr. David Edds, Joseph Tomelleri, and Dr. Brian Bohnsack
$30 per per person includes lunch
Pop-up Exhibit by Fish Artist Joseph Tomelleri
(prints available for sale)
After the Fish Wizard tour, you are invited to
Middle of Everywhere | Architectures of the Flint Hills
Panel | 4 pm
Reception and refreshments to follow
The perfect ending to a day in the Flint Hills!
May is an ideal time for our inaugural Fish Wizards Tour. Many of the fish will be dressed in their peak spawning colors to attract mates and deter rivals.
Kansas Fish Wizards Tour
Come along on a fun fish sampling tour of Flint Hills streams led by renowned fisheries scientists, Dr. David Edds, Joe Tomelleri, and Dr. Brian Bohnsack. Participants are in for an unforgettable experience as they learn sampling techniques, fish identification, and life history information of many native fish species.
Our tour leaders are quite an accomplished crew:
DR. DAVID EDDS is the Roe R. Cross Distinguished professor at Emporia State University, where he has taught since 1989. David’s research has taken him from Kansas streams all the way to Nepal. David has won many awards over his distinguished career and even has a fish species in Nepal named in his honor.
JOSEPH TOMELLERI has been illustrating fishes since 1985. Joe works in Prismacolor pencil, and his 1,100+ illustrations have been rendered from actual fish to ensure scientific accuracy. He has collected the majority of his specimens in the field so he can study and photograph the fishes and preserve them for use in the illustrations. Joe’s work has appeared in more than 1000 publications, including Trout and Salmon of North America, Fishes of Alabama, Outdoor Life, The In-Fisherman, and Eddie Bauer. His recent projects include research on the native Trout of Mexico, Fishes of the Salish Sea and Puget Sound, Fishes of Texas, and Fishes of Kansas.
DR. BRIAN BOHNSACK is a fisheries biologist and received his PhD from Texas A&M University. He has worked for federal and state fish and wildlife agencies for most of his career and recently returned home to Kansas after working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their national headquarters for 16 years.
Our tour will start and end at the Volland Store. Transportation to the sampling locations will be provided. The tour begins at 10 am and will last about 4 hours. Lunch is included in the tour. A vegetarian option is available on request.
Attendees should wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and will need to be able to walk down stream banks. Attendees may get wet during the trip, so dress accordingly. Volunteers can wade in and help with the sampling efforts if desired. Waders will be available for volunteers or bring your own. Towels will be available to borrow during the trip.