Jail break in Duxbury!
As has happened at a few other schools, many of Crossett Brook Middle School's fry escaped from the breeder basket and are now loose in the tank, some of them snuggled down in the gravel. This is what happens in nature. Here's a video that Meg Ritter sent me. Her students are obviously very excited.
While having your alevin down in the gravel is just what will happen in our local streams, it does cause worries when we reach the swim-up stage.
In nature, food will constantly be swept to and by the fry, including when they're at the stage where they're ready to eat. In our tanks, however, the food normally floats on the top and that will be about 22" above our little trout. That's why you should consider the technique I described in the last blog (using your baster to squirt water-logged food towards the bottom).
The first two videos on the Other Trout Videos page of this Web site will show your students what this all looks like in the wild.
Beating hearts of young alevin
In blog #14, I provided links to three videos taken by Matt Buck at Marion Cross School. I couldn't resist featuring one of those again. This one does such a good job of showing the beating hearts of the two little alevin, but it looks like their hearts are in their throats. Thanks, Matt!
Beautiful eggs in Hartland
Tiffany Tucker, at Hartland Cooperative Nursery School, sent this photo of some great looking eggs in her breeder basket. Tiffany pointed out that several of the eggs are at various stages of hatching.
A couple of days ago, I ran into a former Castleton University colleague, Karen Sanborn. Karen, who's been the head of the CSC/CU media department for decades, knew I was involved in the TIC program and wondered whether some of our TIC teachers might be interested in a collection of outdoor education materials that she had.
I expressed interest, and she offered to bring them to the campus and let me review them. Indeed, I concluded that these materials would be of great interest to many of you. Let me tell you a little about them.
They cover a range of topics but emphasize hands-on learning activities, especially for kids. The large, 45-pound box she ultimately gave me contains more than 40 books, pamphlets, reports, and posters on topics such as these:
So, I'm offering these to you!
Please let me know which might be of interest.
Since in my volunteer role, I have no budget for mailing books, much less, a 45-pound collection, we'll have to figure out how to get these to you, but I'm willing to try to work that out.
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.