What's a "trophic cascade"? National TIC/SIC quilt project. Trout mural. Cumulative DI and swim-up--again!
Reintroducing the grey wolf in Yellowstone NP
What does this topic have to do with trout?? What til you see!
Recently, while volunteering in the Four Winds environmental education program at my granddaughter's school, I learned about this amazing video that illustrates just how interconnected nature is. The adults in the room as well as all the fourth graders were astonished to learn that in nature "one thing can lead to another." In fact, it almost always does.
The Trout in the Classroom program is about raising and learning about brook trout, of course; but ideally, once we get students interested in their fish and the habitat needed to support them, it will be comparatively easy to get them curious about how that ecological niche fits into the larger picture.
How are wolves, deer, elk, bear, coyotes, rabbits, mice, birds, flowers, bushes, trees, beaver, and even rivers and their inhabitants interconnected? Watch this to find out! When it comes to learning about nature, it may be the best four and a half minutes a person could spend.
National quilt project--last chance!
If you want to participate in this year's TIC/SIC national quilt project and haven't yet signed up, you're running out of time. The deadline is February 17. Just to remind you of what can result from this project (along with the geographic learning and language arts practice), here are two photos of past quilts.
Cumulative DI and swim-up
Early in the week, I got e-mails from two different teachers, each of whom, coincidentally, had Cumulative DIs of 70. (If you're interested, their temperatures were 44.4 and 46 degrees F.) They were corresponding because they wanted to make sure that swim-up will occur on schedule, that is, when they were going to be around, not when they were away on a school break. Important questions!
If you've been using the "Temp and DI record and swim-up calculator," you should be able to figure that out. If you haven't been using it, reach out to your regional TIC support person or to me.
How are you doing in that regard?
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.