Most of us, and that includes me, don't have a lot of experience working with brook trout eggs. So I get a lot of questions, especially from new TIC teachers, about whether their eggs are normal-looking or not.
This morning, for example, Lisa Marks, of Ludlow Elementary School, asked for my opinion about her eggs. I suggested that she send me a couple of photos. See the two photos below.
I thought they looked good, but I decided to check an expert, so I e-mailed the photos to Jeremy Whalen. He got back to me very quickly to say that they looked good to him as well.
Then early this afternoon, I got a photo from Jim Mirenda, at the Dorset School. Here's what Jim sent.
Although Dorset's eggs may have more color--it might just be the amount of light under which they were photographed--their eggs look good to me too.
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.