Reports coming in continue to be positive. Keith Harrigan, at Poultney Elementary School, said on 2/1: Things are going great here at Poultney Elementary. We have had very low mortality rate thus far. Only maybe three or four a week. We've distributed our alevin spread across three different breeder baskets. We have had 0 alevin die in the breeder baskets that have just alevin from the second batch of eggs. All the deaths to date have been in the basket that is a mix of alevin from the first and second batches. I am assuming that the ones that aren't making it are from the first batch. Even though they hatched, they are not going to be able to survive after the high iodine exposure.
Lisa Marks of Ludlow Elementary School, offered: We have 111 alevin that are very active. They are staying pretty much at the bottom of the baskets right now. The kids have enjoyed keeping up with the bulletin board. Here are some pictures of the bulletin boards that Lisa's students maintain.
Rutland High School's Dawn Adams provided this report. All eggs have hatched into alevin. Our mortality rate was ~25 until the alevin wriggled through the holes of the coarse net breeder baskets. We rescued many alevin that escaped and replaced the coarse netting with the original basket and its finer netting, capturing the escapees via poultry baster. Some alevin remain (anterior-end down) in the gravel at the bottom of the tank. I do not know how many we lost through the chiller and filter. Dawn also provided this picture. Notice how it looks like many of the alevin have consumed most of their yolk sacs.
The following day, Dawn added this: I notice the alevin are active in the dark and slow in the light. When I take the top foam off the tank, the alevin are swimming around. However, when the light reaches them, they slow down and hang out quietly in the breeder basket.
Kaitlin Cioffi-Grote said, The PHS (Poultney High School) AP Biology class has been enjoying watching the eggs hatch and grow. I have attached a picture of one we isolated in a petri dish.
Joe Mark, Lead Facilitator, Vermont Trout in the Classroom
In June 2012, I retired after 40 years in higher education, having spent the last 32 years of my career as dean at Castleton. One of the first things I volunteered to do in retirement was to work with Jim Mirenda to help the Dorset School, where his kids and my Vermont grandkids attend, start a TIC program. Gradually that commitment grew into my current role, which is both demanding and highly rewarding.