Even though Mr. Shane and the McKnight Elementary Class of 2A haven't received their trout eggs in the classroom just yet, our project has already begun! At the PA Fish & Boat Commission's Benner Spring Hatchery in Bellefonte, PA, these (Above) are our female "Mommy" Brook Trout in the preparation tank before they take the eggs from them. These trout (Below) are the male "Daddy" Brook Trout before they take their milt for the eggs. Notice they are a little brighter in color.
(Below) Next, they take the eggs from the female and mix in the milt from the male brook trout. Then our eggs will sit and fertilize for 30 days until the "eyed egg" stage where they are shipped to us in November!
Then at the beginning of November, we will place our Brook Trout eggs into our tank and hatching basket and watch as our brook trout grow.
Here's to our fifth year of the Trout in the Classroom project. Stay tuned for details after we receive our eggs!
(Thanks to Amidea Daniel for the pictures, Paige Filice, the PA Fish & Boat Benner Spring Hatchery and our Penn's Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited for getting us started!)