On March 13, 2013, the salmon eggs at Conrad Elementary School started hatching. Most of the hatching was completed by March 14th. Mrs. Bowles grade one/two class have been waiting since November for the eggs to hatch. The students have been studying the life cycle of the salmon. Stephen Leask from the Department of Fisheries showed the students how the eggs are fertilized. He brought in the milt of two male salmon and mixed them with the female eggs. After rinsing the eggs with the creek water from Hays Creek, he gently placed the eggs into the tank. After observing the eggs in the eyed stage for months, the students were excited to see them pop open into the alevin stage. Now the students wait for the next stage, the fry. The frys will be released into Hays Creek when we go on a field trip to Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery in mid May. The students have been learning about the many challenges their frys will face when they are released into the creek. Challenges are: Predators, humans and pollution.
Also in May, the Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society holds a special event called "Smoltfest." See this link about highlights from 2012: thenorthernview.com/news/151908835.html
Thank you Stephen and the Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society for making this program possible for the students. Thank you to Holly Arntzen and the Voices of Nature for their wonderful performance of the song "Salmon Circle" written by Fraser Lang and Zumac. Please check out this website. artistresponseteam.com Artist Response Team Inc (ART) "is a production house that specializes in music and entertainment that educates about nature, and responds peacefully to the environmental and social crises."