Our April meeting will be on Friday, April 20th at 6:30 PM. Our speaker will be John Lyons, his talk will be “Conservation of the Mexican Goodeid livebearers: the critical role of the aquarium hobbyist”. John is a fish biologist and ichthyologist with over 32 years of experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Union College, Schenectady, NY, and his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he serves as the Curator of Fishes at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum and as a Fisheries Research Supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, both in Madison. As curator, he has conducted conservation-oriented work on freshwater fishes throughout Mexico since 1986. A long-term focus has been the goodeid fishes and their associates in central Mexico. He serves as the Chair of the North American branch of the Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and is an honorary member of the Mexican Ichthyological Society (SIMAC). He is extremely proud to have had a goodeid recently named after him, Xenotoca lyonsi.
The first half hour is for introductions and catching up. Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, only exit through the rear of the room, and please silence your phones.
Before all of that, we’ll have a swap, on April 15th. The swap will begin at 10 (No early admissions) in our new format “Now with Herps!” Our swap has been expanded to include some tables devoted to reptile enthusiasts. We will take the entire room for this swap, all of us under one roof. For admission of only $2, we’re well on our way to being fully booked, 37 tables of non-stop shopping for your Sunday. The posted end time is 2PM, but people tend to sell out, so earlier is better.