RMS Students participated in Adopt-A-Trout program

(feature photo: John Keiser - right, advises Hunter Amos, Carly Thornton and Taya Doebele as they dissect a trout) Earlier this fall 6th grade students at Riverton Middle School were able to take part in the Adopt-A-Trout program in partnership with Trout Unlimited. [image: grayce dissects trout.png] (photo: Grayce Fike opens a trout) The partnership has “far exceeded our expectation” said RMS science teacher Aziz Waheed. “We were not anticipating the monthly follow through with TU and the incredible enriching activities they have done with our students” said Waheed. Students have been utilizing waypoints collected each month and Google Earth to track the movement of 30 “adopted” Brown trout in the Wind River system. Last week, students dissected trout from the Dubois hatchery to study the anatomy of trout with TU representatives Cory Toye and John Keiser as well as Mike Mazur from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. [image: Mike Mazur.png] (photo: Mike Mazur with US Fish and Wildlife Service discussing trout anatomy pre-dissection tutorial) Next month, TU will be back again with a stream trailer to demonstrate river function and allows students to create stream channels to demonstrate how flows, riparian vegetation and pattern affect erosion and stability. “We are excited about the partnership with Riverton Middle School,” Toye stated. “We implement this program across the state and it is extremely rewarding to watch students embrace their local watersheds and engage in identifying ways to improve fisheries.” Sixth grade student Sabrina Donaldson stated “ The experience has been really cool, we got to do a lot of fun things and learn about fish, their habitats, and migration patterns.” #county10 #news #blaze