Past President’s Messages

Welcome to the NDC-AFS page.  Most of the files have been migrated over from the old page, and we are working with technical committee chairs to upload new files.  If you have any questions or comments, please let us know (information below).
Call For Papers – 3rd International Muskellunge Symposium … March 13-15, 2016 – Minnetonka, MN Sponsored by MUSKIES, INC. and the Esocid Technical Committee, North Central Division – AFS.  read more
Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 3.20.46 PMPresident’s Message -“Practice What You Preach” and “Lead by Example”. These are two axioms that I have tried to follow throughout my life. Folks here in Missouri have heard me use the term GOYA on more than one occasion. The acronym is from my father’s WW II tank destroyer battalion, and it stands for Get Off Your @$$. I challenge each of you to do one thing for the Society in the up-coming year beyond just attending your Chapter meeting, but I’m glad you are doing that! I ask that you consider becoming more involved in your Chapter, our Division, and our Society by volunteering for a committee, running for an officer position, donating some time for a local Chapter event, mentoring a young professional, donating an item to your local raffle committee to help in fund raising, open your wallet and buy some raffle tickets, or bid up an auction item. I’ll be honest; my AFS efforts often look like crappie population dynamics with boom and bust trends. However, I am… read more

• It is with a heavy heart that we report the loss Dr. Richard Weldon “Larry” Larimore, a long-time aquatic biologist of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS).  Dr. Larimore passed away on January 14, 2015 at Urbana, Illinois.  He was 91.  He is survived by his wife Glenn E. Larimore and three sons Richard L., Kenneth, and Michael Larimore.  Dr. Larimore worked at INHS for more than six decades, beginning in 1946 as a research assistant.  He remained associated with this organization until his death.  Dr. Larimore was a charter member of the North American Benthological Society and a member of a number of other professional organizations including the American Fisheries Society, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Ecological Society of America, and the Illinois Academy of Science.  Dr. Larimore was the epitome of a gentleman and scholar, albeit, a very down-to-earth one.  His publication record includes book chapters, technical reports, and many journal articles, and he was a pioneer of electro-fishing technology.  He was instrumental in mentoring several biologists throughout his time.  Memorials may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation – R. Weldon Larimore/Jordan Creek Award Endowment Fund, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

• The planning team for the 2015 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference is hard at work putting together a fantastic schedule for our February event!  A friendly reminder that all requests for related meetings for this year’s conference must be received by December 1st.  If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please contact Caitlin Gaborow.   We hope to see you at the 75th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference (February 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana).

• Just announced: Foundations of Fisheries Science – The new AFS book highlights the classic and critical works associated with fisheries management. With input from fisheries professionals and students from around the world, the editors selected 43 full-text articles along with 30 “honorable mention” citations (with associated abstracts) that have helped to mold the discipline of fisheries science.  It is on sale at the AFS bookstore.

kankanAnnouncing the new Kansas Fishes. This new fish book profiles each of the 144 fish species inhabiting the waterways of Kansas—as well as 27 others that might make their way to the state from nearby river basins. With 121 maps and 184 full-color drawings by Joseph Tomelleri, Kansas Fishes is an incomparable resource. Each species account provides information about fundamental natural history, anatomy, and physiology, along with in-state distributions, habitats, characteristics, and pertinent issues of conservation and ecology. This book is a uniquely authoritative account of the region’s fishes. As such, it will prove useful to students and professionals while providing the passionate amateur and the simply curious an entry into the fascinating world of the fishes of Kansas and nearby states. It is on sale at the University of Kansas Press.

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• Thank you for your review of the AFS NCD draft Strategic Plan. Thirty-eight members voted with 36 voting to adopt, one abstaining and one voting to reopen discussion. Therefore, approval of the plan passed with greater than a two-thirds vote. Please feel free to relate your unit strategic plans and actions to the AFS NCD approved strategic plan, as appropriate. You may also refer to the Survey Report for input from the NCD members on the current context of fisheries planning in the region.

• The revised North Central Division Bylaws, Rules and Procedural Manual has now been approved by our members and the parent society’s governing board.

• Are you interested in getting more involved with AFS?  The North Central Division is currently working on putting together a new continuing education committee for the division, and are looking to take CE in the NCD to the next level!  The goals for the committee for the next year will be:

1)      Identify CE needs and interests among NCD members.
2)      Plan CE workshops for the 2015 Midwest Fish and Wildlife meeting.
3)      Explore options for expanding CE opportunities for NCD members outside of the annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife meeting.
Please note: Attendance at the Midwest meeting would not be required to be part of this committee.  Also, student involvement would be welcomed!  If you are interested in serving on this committee or would like more information, please contact Melissa Wuellner, NCD First Vice President by email (Melissa.Wuellner@sdstate.edu) or phone (605-688-5963) by Friday, July 20th.
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