After receiving our eyed trout eggs from the PA Fish & Boat Commission in the beginning of February and watching them hatch, they now are swimming little alevins, or sac fry. The students and I enjoy observing them in the hatching basket. In this stage, they will lay at the bottom, waiting to digest their nutrient sac and “button up.” Then, they will learn to swim and use their fins to navigate the currents.
I always remind the students that in this stage, the Rainbow trout are vulnerable little toddlers and will need a lot of current and oxygen to keep them thriving (I can’t help but connect these little alevins to my own little nine month old at home, Zander, who’s also learned to crawl and zip across our living room floor).
I can’t wait for the students to observe the trout rising off the bottom and attempting to feed. It’s an amazing sight which I hope we observe in March.
As the book publishing date for Salmon Survivor inches closer, I wanted to share bits and pieces of the novel before it hits the shelves in August. In the story, the main character (Jack Cooper) tears off pieces of a placemat from the lodge restaurant which have a variety of Alaskan Facts on them and puts them in his journal. These were based loosely on an experience I had while visiting a few restaurants and lodges in Alaska. I used this concept of learning about Alaska to begin all the chapters of the story. Each fact somehow relates and ties into the chapter which follows.
The Relevant graphic editors have done a tremendous job with creating a ‘torn-newspaper look’ at the beginning of each chapter. They even subtly added the Alaskan flag behind it, which you may recognize it to be the North Star and Big Dipper constellation. I hope readers young and old will appreciate these little touches which make the book more interesting.
MARCH MAMMAL MADNESS
If you haven’t participated in March Mammal Madness yet, check out the ASU website and complete your MMM bracket as it runs through the entire month of March. My students and I are having tremendous discussions on which animals will survive through the madness to reach the Championship.
Since my novel Salmon Survivor is written as all-things-Alaskan, I had to fill my bracket out as an all-Alaskan-final with GRIZZLY BEAR VS. ORCA in the final championship round, and the ORCA winning! #TeamOrca