Archive for December 12th, 2008

Crawfish: Conserving the Crustacean

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

It all starts with the first catch…

Kids don’t start with large mouth bass, they start with crawdads. This is what I call a gateway species; it leads to greater nature appreciation in adults.

…but first, you have to go out to get one. Nathan Johnson is coauthor of new field guide, Texas Crawdads. He’s worried that kids today spend too much time indoors and are missing out on the fun of nature. A lifetime creek adventurer himself, catching crawfish seems the perfect way to open kids’ doors to the outside.

It’s more than just catching crawdads. They’re going out there and their adventuring. It’s discovery. When I was a kid, the geography of my life was defined by which creeks and woods were within bicycling range of my house. We’d considered those creeks our creeks and our woods and we’d explore.

And taking that sense of ownership a step further; he’s encouraged young folks to contribute to conservation efforts as well.

I talk to cub scouts and I tell them: you can make a difference, you can begin to record the crawfish of your state so that you can increase the awareness and the knowledge and the biodiversity. The work you do is just as important as the work that state biologist does with their inventories. All we gotta do is put it in their hands and say go.

You can leave a comment with your crawfish catching adventures on our website

That’s our show…with research and writing help from Sarah Loden… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Texas Crawdads