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Frontier Middle School class releases trout for Earth Day

Saving the world, one trout at a time: he living environment class at Frontier Middle School released trout into Eighteenmile Creek on Earth Day.

HAMBURG — Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Frontier Middle School eighth-grade living environment students participated with a “hands on” lesson. Students in Jason Ersing’s class took a short field trip to Eighteen Mile Creek, Hobuck Flats, to participate in the fifth annual trout release. 

They received the trout from Trout Unlimited and the Department of Environmental Conservation and raised them from their satellite classroom at the Sea Way Trail.

The trout were raised using only solar energy to power the fish hatchery’s electrical needs, another green initiative to celebrate the holiday.

During the rearing process, students were introduced to several ecological concepts such as life cycles and feeding relationships, along with fish hatchery techniques.

Go fish, go: These boys released trout into Eighteenmile Creek, to let the fish live in their natural habitats, after being raised in captivity.

The release was part of the class’s commitment to increasing biodiversity in the Eighteenmile Creek watershed. In addition to releasing the trout, the students used their empty buckets to pick up trash left behind by others at the creek, in a final Earth Day effort.


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