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Go Salmon Go! Osborn School kids say good bye to their salmon friends
Pacific Region, June 12, 2013
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Osborn Elementary 4th graders with their teachers and principal, wave good-bye to their salmon.
Osborn Elementary 4th graders with their teachers and principal, wave good-bye to their salmon. - Photo Credit: Susan C Peterson/FWS
Travis Collier and Barbara Kelly-Ringel(US FWS biologists at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery)give each student a cup with a salmon to be released.
Travis Collier and Barbara Kelly-Ringel(US FWS biologists at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery)give each student a cup with a salmon to be released. - Photo Credit: Susan C Peterson/FWS
Osborn Elementary students release their salmon into the Wenatchee River and watch them depart.
Osborn Elementary students release their salmon into the Wenatchee River and watch them depart. - Photo Credit: Susan C Peterson/FWS

Several years ago the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery introduced the program "Salmon in the Classroom" to three North Central Washington Schools and the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Osborn Elementary (Leavenworth, WA) students recently released their fish into the Wenatchee River, after an active morning of PIT tagging and transporting the fish to the river.

 

The kids were excited, but also sad to see their fish buddies swim away and many wishes were offered by the 85 students as the young salmon began their journey. One of the more interesting things about the project is that the three schools “compete” to see how their fish survive. Students can track the progress of “their” salmon and each school hopes that they will have the highest return of salmon in the years ahead.

Students access PITagis, a region wide website; to track their PIT tagged salmon’s migration. The three schools “compete” to see how many of their fish are detected and how fast they migrate. But, the ultimate prize is to have these small fish return as adults. To date, one adult spring Chinook salmon has returned that started its life at Osborn Elementary.

As the students watch the small fish swim off, they hope in two or three years they will get to see one of their fish return as a ten pound adult.


Contact Info: Susan Peterson, 509-548-6662 ext 231, susan_peterson@fws.gov
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