Stream Explorers magazines. What are our alevin looking like? "My Healthy Stream" booklet. F&W electrofishing video. More videos and photo from our schools!
Stream Explorers available, including for free
The national Trout Unlimited office staff periodically produce attractive, four-page, trout-themed digital magazines. Here's an example of the first and fourth pages of a recent one.
The national Trout
These can be purchased at a very reasonable price ($12.55 for 50 copies) at the link below.
Fifteen editions of the magazine are also available for free in a folder contained in the VTTIC Google Docs collection. Here's a link to that folder.
Bob Wible recently sent me some photos that Sarah Stebbins, at Cold Hollow Career Center, sent him. Sarah thinks that her alevin are approaching swim-up. What do you think?
My Healthy Stream
While we're talking about curriculum resources--again!--let me point out the 48-page My Healthy Stream booklet that you can find in the Curriculum Resources folder of the Google Docs Collection. This beautiful document, jointly sponsored by Trout Unlimited and the Aldo Leopold Foundation, can be printed for free. (Look Aldo up if you don't already know about him.) You could also order hard copies of the booklet by contacting TU's Sabrina Beus at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a related PowerPoint presentation of the same name in that folder. Clicking on the image below will link you to the folder and give you access both to the booklet and to the PPT. While you're there, check out the other resources.
Fish and Wildlife stream sampling
Friday morning Tom Jones, fisheries biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Department, sent me a link to this wonderful video of an electrofishing survey that is typical of those he and his colleagues regularly conduct in Vermont streams.
Update from Crossett Brook Middle School's students
Meg Ritter sent us a video update of their alevin loose in the tank. Here it is.
Meg also sent a good photo of their first dead fish.
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.