|Can you see the "eyes"?|
|Alvein like this one can't swim yet!|
At the end of May, it was time for our little Fry to leave home! We carefully packed our Fry into a bucket, and set off for the Lillooet Lower Spawning Channel.
|Cup by cup, we moved our Fry's water into a bucket so we could bring them on the bus.|
|Can you see the big block of ice? Fry need to be kept in very cool water.|
|Once we filled the bucket with water, it was time to catch all our fish!|
Our salmon made it safely to Lillooet with a bunch of Fry from Mr. Remple's class up at the high school. Mr. Remple even managed to rescue a few escapees from the concrete, so every last fish was able to make the trip! When we arrived in Lillooet, it was time to say good-bye to the little Fry we had raised.
|Kevin gave us each a plastic bag with a few of our Fry in it to release.|
|The stream is massive compared to the tank our Fry have grn up in!|
After releasing our salmon into the Spawning Channel, we were luck to go on a hike around the channel and explore our Fry's new habitat. The Lillooet Lower Spawning Channel was made by people to help Pink salmon, and now Coho salmon, regain areas to spawn and grow up. We learned a lot about what makes the Spawning Channel a great home for our little Fry.
|Taking the bridge across the Channel.|
|A guide explains the important features of the Fry's new habitat.|
We also discovered that the Spawning Channel is home to a lot of other creatures that are friends and predators of the salmon. We got to look up close at many different creatures along our hike.
|Can you guess what animal lives here?|
One thing our Fry will need to start looking for right away is food! What does a tiny fish eat? They eat tiny creatures! In the waters of the stream, we found many tiny insect larvae and other creatures that the salmon prey on.
|With a net you can catch creatures in the muddy stream waters.|
|We used magnifying glasses and these viewfinders to take a look the creatures we caught.|
|We looked at drawings of larvae to try and identify the creatures we found.|
|Can you spot the sucker fish?|
|We got to feel fish scales and learn about how they protect a fish.|
|Division 2 takes a look at a map of the local watershed.|
Division 2 made an adventure of our own, pretending we were Smolts heading down the river towards the ocean. We had to work hard to "survive" the trip - passing lots of friends, predators, and human-made roadblocks on our way! Can you remember all the different challenges we faced as Smolts?
|We set off on an imaginary journey as Smolts!|
Leave us a comment:
What did you see on your journey to the ocean as a Smolt? Was it a friend or a predator?
Share something new that you learned about Salmon on our trip!
What do you think it would be like to be a tiny Fry in the giant Spawning Channel?