Unless otherwise noted, all these reports came in on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
Mollie Sprague, Lincoln Community School teacher, worried whether her tank's 14 preemies suggested a problem.
Bob Wible and I assured her that it didn't; in fact, Bob mentioned that at least one of the central Vermont tanks had 19 or more preemies.
Sam Kayhart, of Mount Abraham UHS, said: Our trout seem to be on track. I calculated the DI as 53.4, and 75% of the eggs have hatched. My students will begin tracking water chemistry tomorrow. Lots of excitement in Bristol!
She also provided the photos below.
Keith Harrington (Poultney Elementary School) said, Our eggs are hatching like crazy! Just now a couple of students and I watched about a half dozen hatch. I don't think worrying about them hatching over winter break will be a problem. At this rate they will all be hatched very soon. It is nice however that they are all doing so well. We have had a very low mortality rate with the eggs themselves.
On that same day, Castleton Village School's Guy Merolle reported, "[Eggs} are definitely strong-eyed now. Check out this graph from my website:"
Here's a link to Guy's full site, complete with other graphs.
Jason Gragen, of NewBrook School, reported: "Water numbers look good. Tank is running at 46 degrees. Two questionable eggs were noticed after pick-up at hatchery; they didn't make it, as expected. Six eggs have hatched; three have made it; three haven't. That puts our total loss at five to date. The kids are having a blast as usual, and completing some nice work in their journals!"
And today, Friday, January 22, Deb Scott told us about her two-headed alevin (photo below). In fact, when I look at that right-hand "neck," I almost think I see a third set of eyes. What do you think?
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.