|Using electricity to capture lamprey.|
Anesthesiology 101 demonstrated the various ways we use electricity to either catch fish or put them to sleep so that we can tag them. This activity was a big hit, mostly because we had live fish. The GPS activity showed students how to navigate to different locations. After a quick introduction and lesson on how to use a unit, each student was given a GPS to find six locations. Most every field crew in the office uses a GPS unit to either find a sampling site or to mark a site. Students also learned how to locate fish using radio tracking. Two large tubs filled with corks, some marked demonstrated how we estimate fish populations and depending on the effort, how accurate the numbers can be. Finally, for the first time, we set up one of our automated marking trailers. Although it did not have fish, the students were able to see the machines run and also got a chance to tag a fish (cork).
“I enjoyed the GPS activity the most. I haven’t had the experience of doing anything like that before. It was fun.”
“I most enjoyed learning about the machinery in the 1.3 million dollar trailer and how accurate it is with cutting the adipose fin.”
“I enjoyed the shocking station. I found it interesting because I learned many new things about how electricity works with fish.”
“I kind of liked the cork/population estimation a lot because it was the most hands on.”
“I liked looking for the fish tag in the field, because it was less ‘talk’ and more ‘do’. I don’t like lectures that much.”
“I enjoyed all the activities very much.”
|Students touring the auto marking trailer|
All in all, both days were a success. Here's a note one class left us.
|"Career Day was Awesome, Interesting, Informative, Job-Qualifying, and Educational"|