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Nutmeg TU Trout in the Classroom Program

trout juveniles

Hello fellow trout enthusiasts, another fall is upon us and that means trout are spawning and eggs will be hatching.  The Nutmeg Chapter’s TIC program is well under way with 16 schools participating this year.  We have a wide diversity of grade levels and cities involved, from Kindergarten to 12th graders with schools in Fairfield, Westport, Trumbull, Milford, Shelton, Stratford, Ansonia, and Monroe.

Last year well over 2000 fingerlings (Parr stage) brown trout were released into several of our local rivers.  Even more important is the next generation of conservationists we are growing in our cities and suburbs.

If you know of any schools that would like to participate in this rich hands-on curriculum, please tell them about the TIC program and contact me, David Edgeworth at email Eggsofan@hotmail.com or cell 203 627-5817. Contributed by David Edgeworth on October 24th 2016.

Trout in the Classroom eggs delivered

Eggs for the 2014-15 Trout in the Classroom program have been delivered by Nutmeg TU volunteers.

Nutmeg TU TIC coordinator Dave Edgeworth reports that Trout In the Classroom had a very successful trout egg delivery day on Nov 18. Teachers and students were very excited to receive their eggs.

Several volunteers were on hand to make the drop-off to 16 schools across the Nutmeg Chapter region. Many thanks to our President Chuck Petruccelli, Joseph Lanese, and Gian Morresi for the time and effort on a cold and windy morning.

Every school received 200 brown trout eggs which will hatch, grow, and be released into local rivers in May.

Rare find in TIC hatch

Conjoined trout hatched for the Trout in the Classroom program Meadowside School in Milford.

The Trout in the Classroom program at Meadowside School in Milford, sponsored by Nutmeg TU, got a surprise when their eggs recently hatched.

Fifth grade teacher Jason Cicero sent this photo of conjoined fry to Gian-Andrea Morresi, TIC coordinator for the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

“The fish are doing great but when I checked them yesterday I noticed something amazing and wanted to share it with you. We have conjoined twins in our nursery,” Cicero wrote. “I hope the picture comes across so you can see this, it’s amazing! “

“That is different,” DEEP biologist Neal Hagstrom wrote. “Usually you have them belly to belly and often one embryo will overgrow the second before they are this developed.  Sometimes all that is left is an extra fin. Looks like completely separate digestive, neural and circulatory system. Neat shot.”

Trout in the Classroom is TU’s cornerstone environmental education program. Students learn about the importance of clean, cold water as they raise trout from eggs, ultimately releasing them into the wild.

Zoo’s TIC class releases trout

The Connecticut Post was on hand when the Trout in the Classroom program at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport released trout into the Pequonnock River.

Click here for the story.