Thanksgiving is behind us!
The usual advice is to get Trout in the Classroom tanks set up by Thanksgiving. Did you make that target this year? If not, you've got just a few days to pull your tank together.
Getting your tank set up before the end of November is more important this year than ever because we want you to pre-cycle your tank starting on Monday, December 3rd. If you're a first-time TIC teacher, remember to put foam under your tank before you fill it with water. Other tips on where to locate your tank include the following:
We have a video below in which Bob Wible demonstrates how to set up a tank, but there are also numerous videos on YouTube which show how to do that. I've put links to several videos created by Maryland science teacher Shawn Ackley on a page you can find on our VTTIC Web site. Here's a link to it.
For the first time, segments of this year's TIC workshop were recorded. Ian Sweet, an accomplished television broadcaster and member of the Mad Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited, brought his digital video-recording equipment and microphones to our 11/10/18 workshop. As a result, we can now share with you five videos Ian produces based on that day's presentations. Ian's not only a great videographer, he's a great fisherman. Here's a massive landlocked Atlantic salmon he caught this fall on the Clyde River in northern Vermont. Notice that fish's hooked jaw? It's a spawning season male. The hooked jaw is called a kype.
Ironically, one of our TIC/SIC teachers may have had an important role in helping Ian tie into that fish. When Ian arrived at the Clyde that morning, he realized that he had left his flies at home. Fortunately, he ran into Chris Murphy, of North Country Union High School, who gave him several of his flies. Great going, Chris. I hope the fishing gods reward you for your generosity someday with an equally impressive salmon!
Here are the five videos Ian produced.
1. Joe Mark on the six months of TIC
2. Jeremy Whalen on spawning and the creation of triploid eggs
3. Joe Mark and Bob Wible on tank set-up
4. Robb Cramer on water chemistry and the pre-cycling process
5. Joe Mark on "March Madness" and managing the swim-up stage
Thanks so much, Ian, for recording and editing these videos.
If I had thought about the fact that you were making our performances immortal, I might have tried to be more eloquent. Nevertheless, I hope these recordings will benefit those who couldn't make the workshop as well as those who were able to attend but found the content coming a little too quickly to absorb it all.
Joe Mark is Lead Facilitator of Vermont's Trout in the Classroom program.
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 a parent-friend 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.