The weather was perfect for being on the water today on our jet boat trip. Our students studied geography and bridge engineering this year, so along with our earlier bridge tour trip, this was a great reinforcement of what they learned. We also did many 360’s and took some healthy amounts of white water over the bow!
It was a little sad to seem them go, and they were a real good group of fish, but it was time to move on with their lives. Yesterday we released our 1,000 chinook salmon fry that we raised in our classrooms since October 23rd. The we]ather was great, for December, and certainly better than the below freezing temps we had last week. The water temperature was 37 degrees so it was chillier than the 52 degree water our chinook fry were used to, but they seemed to adjust fine. Below is a short video of our release day beginning with our students scooping them out of the incubator. Our next planned hatch will be rainbow trout in the winter of 2015!
Next Monday we will release our chinook salmon fry in an ODFW approved site on the Willamette River. The egg sacs of the salmon fry are gradually getting smaller and our fish are swimming more freely around the incubators. Stay tuned for pics of the release.
Today was a great day to be on the water – not too hot and not too cold (well, it was a little chilly). We took our students on a jet boat ride on the Willamette, courtesy of Willamette Jet Boats. The tour began by OMSI and proceeded downriver to the Hawthorne Bridge. Our tour guide pointed out many sights along the way including bald eagles, bridge history Navy vessels, tugboats, University of Portland, and more. It is always a great follow up to our science bridges unit as well as Oregon history studies. As always, there were plenty of thrills with the ever-popular 360 degree turns which were always quite wet. After the trip we went to Cook Park for lunch and got some exercise with a 1 mile walk along the Tualatin River. Overall, it was a great trip and our kids were on their best behavior. Video and photos are below. Enjoy!