Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Classes are beginning to prepare for spring trout releases, and we'll be visiting to help out. Today, Mariah visited Newfield Middle School 7th graders in Lauren Hamilton's science class, and helped students learn how to evaluate the health of a stream using insects.  We'll be visiting all 17 schools, and over 30 classrooms this month!

Our session starts with some review- insect life cycles, stream foodwebs, and
what trout need to survive.

Then, its time to pick through some live stream samples, collected by Bill and Mariah before class...

Students use dichotomous keys to identify as many insects and other invertebrates as they can in their sample

This Izaak Walton League Stream Assessment Rubric creates a score for our stream, based on the insects we find.  (Scores for Lick Brook ranged from 17-23.)
Finally, we verify that these insects and our trout are part of the same food chain.  Always ask for verification! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Water Testing Videos are up!

We've just completed a set of instructional videos on water testing procedures for students to refer to!  Each is 3 minutes long.  All are available on the "Tech Support" page. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Up-Close Alevin Video

Great video from Mrs. McCheyne's South Seneca 5th grade classroom.  This is what our brown trout alevins look like, up close.  Roughly 2.2 cm in length. 



Monday, November 14, 2016

Trout Feeding Advice From the Experts!


An Oldie, but a favorite!
Our Brown Trout alevins are not quite as big as seen in this video, but it won't be long.  They're finishing off their yolk sacks and we have reports of strong swimmers at most schools, now - right on schedule.  Mariah reports a successful first feeding by Groton's 6th graders! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Alevins are here!

Brook trout eggs have been delivered to Lansing, Dryden, Northeast and Caroline elementary schools, and should be hatching this week.  

 "Eyed" egg, nearly ready to hatch.
Meanwhile, our brown trout alevins are hatched and growing nicely at other schools.  

  A newly hatched trout "alevin" with it's yolk sack. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Trout in the Classroom 2016 is Underway!

After a crazy two weeks, we have retrieved eggs from the DEC's Bath fish hatchery, and from SUNY Morrisville, and Trout in the Classroom is underway for the 2016-2017 school year.  In each of the following schools, we are working with the entire grade level!   Here is a list of participating schools, and we are excited to welcome Liz McCheyne's 5th grade, at South Seneca Elementary!

Belle Sherman 5th Grade
Beverly J. Martin 4th grade
Caroline 4th grade
Cayuga Heights 4th grade
Enfield 4th grade 
Fall Creek 4th grade
Northeast 4th grade
South Hill 4th grade
Lansing 4th and 10th grades
Dryden 5th grade
Groton 6th grade
Union Springs 6th grade
Newfield 7th grade
South Seneca 5th grade

Students from Beverly J. Martin Elementary accompanied us to the hatchery this year- stay tuned for pictures!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Trout Releases Going Full Steam!

Good times releasing trout this week with Belle Sherman 5th grade, Enfield 4th and Union Springs 6th. “I think that we should keep on having trout because it is fun and very exciting to watch the fish grow up. 'Jaws' is 14 cm long now. He is the biggest trout that Mr. O has ever had in his class.” -Ethan Z. AJ Smith Elementary

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

More Results from Dryden Elementary, Groton Middle School, and Newfield Middle School!

For one of the classes at Groton we did a little side experiment and compared the amount of daphnia eaten by smaller trout compared to the larger trout and the preliminary results did indicate that the smaller trout ate more.

Groton Middle Schoolers posing for a post experiment photo-op

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

First Live Food Experiment!

Classes are now experimenting to see if their young trout- 2 or 3 centimeters in length now- will eat live food, like they would need to do in the wild. 

Our class visits start with an introduction to our test organism, a small crustacean called Daphnia.  Above, instructor Maria Mahaney leads an observation process designed to access students' stored knowledge and combine it with direct observation to form hypothesis about what these organisms are like.

Student research teams each prepare one trout (in 500 ml jar) and get 10 daphnia (test tube) to feed their trout.  Discussion and hypothesis-building happens before the actual experiment.

Finally, our experiment happens.  It only take five minutes of intense observation, teamwork and careful recording of data.  Results of this test often raise more questions than they answer, but that's just fine.  Below are some results for several schools- each chart represents the combined results of 6-10 student teams.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Two-Headed Alevin!

Students at Caroline Elementary discovered a rare two-headed trout alevin today.  We occasionally see these Siamese twins... we'll see how long this little one survives.

"If the two-headed trout becomes a fingerling,
I call carrying it out to the creek."
- Everett, from Mrs. Beigel's 4th grade.