‘Trout in the Classroom’ Program Under Way at Tahoe-Truckee Schools

Please visit this link to learn more:

http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/northshore/nnews/15402924-113/trout-in the-classroom-program-under-way-at-tahoe-truckee-sc

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Trout in the Classroom on PBS!

Here is the link we have all been waiting for…this was the opener of This American Land’s third season!

This is a great documentation of our collaborative effort in education for our native species!

Enjoy!

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TERC and Incline Elementary Release our Fry!

 

 

 

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Talking about our tiny fry as we collect them to release.  We made sure to monitor the temperature and had a battery operated bubbler to keep the water oxygenated.

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Checking out the release site. We released at the mouth of 3rd creek in Incline Village.

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Gently releasing one fry at a time.

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Uploading a video

I have a great video of a students saying goodbye to their fish.  Does anyone know if you can upload video to WordPress?? I can’t seem to find a way to add video.  We released 99 fish today into the Truckee River at Glenshire Bridge.

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Releasing into Tahoe

We have hiked a good portion of Griff Creek up to this point. While the upper reaches held little riffles aerating the cool creek the lower section was a case study on urban runoff. Thankfully, all of the preschoolers agreed that we should release our fish directly into the lake (especially as this was the approved release site…;) ). It has bee amazing watching the kids grasp the idea of a watershed and see first hand the impact we have on water quality. 

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Upper Griff looked pretty good, cool and babbling. 

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Just above town wasn’t too bad either. Good flow but not too fast. 

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Uh oh. Three fast flowing culverts and some urban runoff. Not looking so hot. Going to have to release at the lake! 

 

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Changing Tank Water

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Feeding time!!

I have started to change 1/3 of my tank water 2-3 times per week.  What is everyone else doing with their water?  This picture illustrates my success with the cycle, however in years past at this same point, I start to lose fish rapidly, and I think it has to do with the chemistry of my tank water. Please chime in on ways to keep my water and fish happy.

Thanks for this great blog spot.

Maggie

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When to feed…and how much?

Now that many of your trout are swimming up, it may be time to feed them.  I received the following advice from the fisheries biologist at the Lahonton Nation Fish Hatchery on when and how much to feed your trout.  Hope it helps…..

“You don’t need to feed the trout until the yolk sac is gone, and then it’s just a small pinch every third day. Have the teachers watch the first few times they feed because they want to make sure that most if not all of the food is consumed each time. The biggest worry is overfeeding that will cause all kinds of problems with the tank. So just have the teachers do a very small amount when they feed and if the food is all eaten then they can add a little more. I wouldn’t expect that the fry will need lots of food right now. As they grow they can add some food.”

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