I think a thread like this could be productive and inspiring. What is field collection/discovery Walk out side your back door, look down. See anything? Snails, grass, bugs? Good, id hope so because this world is full of life, every inch of it. Fielding is basically collecting plants, animals and other interesting things from the great outdoors. Collecting doesn't necessarily mean taking what you found and bringing it home, it can be as simple as writing down what you found or taking a picture to share with the rest of us. Most people dont realize the variety of life that lives outside their door. In the case of aquatics, you may go down to a pond and find some shrimp, or maybe an aquatic worm and want to know what it is, if it can be of any use, and so on. Possibly you find a cool looking plant that you have seen in the fish store. The purpose of this thread For people to share pictures, stories and discuss their wild finds. Be it a lowly pond snail or a population of gobies living in your back pond. I also want to encourage and inspire people to both learn about their areas natural environment and get hands on with it, learn whats there and what effect it can have on you and the rest of its environment. Once you start, you wont stop . Does this mean this thread is limited to fish and aquatics? Nope. Feel free to go field herping(reptiles) or looking for bugs, birds, mammals or just plants, never know what you may find out there. What should I post? Anything related to the subject, or other members posts. Be supportive, maybe someone found a common old pond snail, yes, we have all seen them and their no big hype, but someone worked hard to obtain that snail and they felt like sharing, be supportive. Post your stories, give us Pics of not just what you found, but where you were. Even if you didnt find anything or dont have pics of what you find, we still want to hear. keep in mind Please be safe- Dont put yourself or other in serious danger, if you wish to go looking in a swamp, be wary of alligators. Know your nature, dont get lost and always make sure someone knows where you are and you have a means of contacting them. You dont have to be in a danger to find cool things, your local stream or back field hold a mountain of treasure. Like wise, be prepared. Dont go running out of the house without parents permission if you are of a young age. Do NOT confront dangerous wildlife, bears, raccoon, possum, deer, foxes and so on, are all dangerous animals, do not run up to them or put your self in harms way. Snakes, please, if you dont know what it is, dont go near it. Though, i wont say dont post pictures of these animals, just keep your distance and respect them as you should. Like wise, keep the environment safe. Dont remove endangered species, or animals you have no knowledge of keeping alive. Dont kill anything for the collecting sake, nobody wants that. If you cant get to your objective without potentially harming it then leave it alone, this includes birds nests, fish nests, beehives, small fragile animals and plants that are not so abundant. Dont deface nature, if you move a rock, move it back when your done. If you eat or drink, dont drop your trash. Feel free to take a small trash collection bag though. This is about learning and education. Again, you dont need to take it home, just take a picture. Know what animals are endangered and what plants are dangerous. Be prepared On a final note, always be prepared. Try to know where your going, be prepared for the terrain. Footwear- steal toes are a hikers/foresters friend. However, water shoes are for the aquatic fielder. Clothes- Long sleeves and pants are good for field and forest to keep tics off, shorts are an obvious choice for water. sunblock- use it. Cane/stick/snake hook- have something like this please! Knife- if you are responsible enough to have a pocket knife then have it. Whistle- 3 quick blows is a signal for help, universal. Map/GPS- good to have. Snake guards- if you know there are snakes or think there may be, invest in some. Field companion- Friends, family and dogs may also enjoy the great outdoors. If you have a dog with you, be sure it has water and is capable of doing what you are doing(IE: probably no pugs or other Brachis for longer trips). Have fun.