Thursday, November 21, 2013

WOW! Three Projects Funded!

We have learned that three -count 'em, THREE- teacher grant proposals submitted to IPEI were funded this fall.  These are all independently conceived extensions of the basic Trout in the Classroom program, developed by our teachers.  Very proud of the fact that TIC is providing a foundation for cascading enrichment opportunitiesCongratulations!

Anna Chapman, Caroline Elementary:  "Brookies and Browns".   Students will raise both species and utilize their new stream-side classroom on 6-Mile Creek to look back into local history, exploring land-use and stream impacts, and also to look forward, exploring the potential impact of climate change on stream habitat.  Cayuga Nature Center is also a partner. 

Jen Wilkie, South Hill Elementary:  "Using Scientific Illustration to Learn about Trout, and Contribute to our Local Community”   Camille Doucet will work with students and staff to create trout illustrations, convert them to greeting cards and raise funds for a local charity.

Jayne Port, Belle Sherman Elementary:  "Six Mile Creek and Me".  Students will enjoy themed books from Buffalo Street Books, and create interpretive maps of Six Mile Creek with the help of "Pond and Stream Safari" author, Karen Edelstein. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Brook Trout eggs arrived!


My class of 24 5th graders and I received our packet of 150 Brook Trout eggs and all but three survived the trip from the Morrisville hatchery in tact. So far, so good!  Our tank is up and running, the chiller is chilling, the filter filtering and the bubbler is bubbling. Our pH is currently 8.2. We enjoyed and were informed by a presentation and introduction by Bill Foster and Cory V. from the Floating Classroom. And this year we will be posting blogspots asoften as our busy school day schedule allows. We're very excited ...and we appreciate all the support we receive from all the trout people in our lives.  Thank you!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Brown Trout In The House!

Eggs Hatching - Cayuga Heights Elementary. 
Brown Trout eggs were delivered from the NY DEC Hatchery in Bath, NY on October 15.  Our thanks to Ken Osika and the crew over there for all their help! 

Our eggs hatched quickly, and students at South Hill, Caroline, Enfield, BJM, Belle Sherman, Cayuga Heights & Fall Creek Elementary Schools in the Ithaca District, along with Newfield and Groton Middle Schools, and A.J. Smith Elementary in Union Springs, are using digital projectors and microscopes to observe the rapidly developing trout alevins

Trout Alevin at 1 week.  Yolk sack
and circulatory system visible.
Groton Middle School.
Brook trout eggs will be coming soon to Dryden Elementary, Lansing Middle and High School, Northeast Elementary in Ithaca, and to Cayuga Nature Center. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

New Book Alert

Dear Educators and Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that Laurie Rubin has written a book!  She will be celebrating publication of To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World on Sunday, December 8, 4-6PM at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road. Refreshments, book signing and a slideshow depicting eight years of stream study at Cayuga Heights Elementary School.  Laurie was one of the best, and one of the first brave teachers to give Trout in the Classroom a whirl.  For a sneak preview from Stenhouse Publishers, click on the image below.   ~ Bill F.

To Look Closely