I suspect Wyatt's feelings will be similar about his second grade year here since this is the year that the students study the life cycle of salmon. The hands-on portion began today with a field trip the Alaksa Fish and Game Fish Hatchery and I was 'lucky' enough to 'get' to ride the bus as a chaperone. The day started off with a bang, or sway, as the area felt a 6.2 magnitude earthquake. The kids were unbothered by it but the adults were a little concerned we'd be herding fifty kids out the emergency exits in case of aftershocks. As it turned out, we didn't feel any and the tour went on as planned. It was a really cool facility where they raise salmon, Arctic Char, Arctic Grayling and Rainbow Trout to stock area lakes and rivers.
|two classes of second graders, lined up and listening|
|one of the rooms of tanks - each one of those had approximately|
30,000 Rainbow Trout.
|One of the trucks they use to haul fish to local waterways|
|reviewing the life cycle of the salmon from egg to spawning adult|
|the donor fish for this group's eggs|
|donor male - skinnier belly and hooked nose|
|donor female - fatter belly and a great example of how beat up|
these fish are as by the time they spawn. Their noses are torn because they
try to swim straight upriver and just ram into anything in their way.
|Collecting the milt from the male. Again, two "fortunate" helpers.|
|Learned that fertilization can't happen without water, so they added that and stirred.|
And that's the recipe for baby salmon.