Think (outside the) Tank: meet the beavers
It’s been over a month since we released our Think Tank brook trout into the Cross River, and we are finding that they have new neighbors moving in: beavers! Evidence of the beavers can be seen all along the stream—from dams to lodges, chewed down trees to flooded plains. Beavers have long been known to be ecosystem engineers and drastically change the stream in many ways. Beaver structures at Ward…
Think Tank: Fish are free and community scientists are needed
This type of Community Science can be fun, help you learn more about different branches of science, and maybe lead to some interesting discoveries! And while TU’s Rivers App can be used to document any water body, there are other ways you engage in Community Science online from climate change data collection and measuring light pollution to observing fireflies. For other fun things to do check out Trout Unlimited's Summer of Science.
Check out Trout Unlimited's Summer of Science activities The day we look forward to and are sad about at the same time came on May 22 as our New York Trout in the Classroom Think Tank fingerlings were released into their watershed home. The 50 baby trout were carefully given their freedom into the Cross…
Trout in the classroom creates advocates
“You committed to driving to Maryland tomorrow for a Trout in the Classroom release.” My colleague's words were not music to my ears. I had completely forgotten, and wasn’t really thrilled about the outing. I drove the few hours to the Lucy School in Middletown, Md., with relatively low expectations. If you have seen one Trout in the Classroom release, and…
Celebrating Women’s History Month via the Villepreaux-Power aquarium
The Think Tank brook trout are doing great and growing big. Every day we can learn more about their behavior, how they interact, and react to change by simply peering into their tank. In fact, our trout aquaria are like a window into the secret underwater life of streams and trout, and we have Jeanne Villepreux-Power, a 19th century marine scientist, to thank for this opportunity. Jeanne is responsible for designing building,…
Tying flies with a zombie killer
Trout Unlimited's TIC teachers learn fly tying and entomology from actor Brian Sheppard Training sessions often get labeled as a boring, but required, means of qualifying to hold certain positions in society. The teachers who help with Trout Unlimited’s Trout in the Classroom program have gone through enough rigmarole to last a lifetime. Lillit Genovesi,…
Think Tank: Tracking trout
These tools help our scientists track wild vs. hatchery raised fish, monitor interactions, identify fish barriers and understand seasonal migrations.
It’s African American History month and Trout in the Classroom students are celebrating the black women and men in STEM fields that have contributed valuable research supporting our efforts to take care of the environment. One such hero is mathematician Dr. Gladys West. Dr. West who, in the 1970s and 80s, developed algorithms, incorporating gravitational, tidal and…
Burp! Please excuse my swim bladder
The Think Tank brookies are swimming up, a good sign that they are ready to eat. We can see how effortlessly they swim up and down in the tank and nest basket. Trout, like many other species of fish rely on their swim bladder to control buoyancy. Using the swim bladder to ascend or descend…