Year-long salmon study concludes!

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The second grade classes culminated their year-long study of salmon by releasing 144 Coho salmon fry into Fauntleroy Creek on Wednesday. 150 salmon eggs arrived at school in early January and the students took care of the salmon as they hatched into alevin and subsequently turned into salmon fry. The second grade students complete scientific observations starting with drawing a diagram of the tank and continuing through the egg-hatching, alevin, and fry stages of the life cycle of the salmon. Students start feeding the salmon blood-worms toward the end of their time with us and observe their changes in behavior. They become much more aggressive as they get ready to enter the wild and, for salmon, that’s a life-sustaining behavior. As the second grade students studied salmon, they also learned about ecology, habitat, and became experts on the life cycle of a salmon.

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