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    We have received our most recent crop of Coho Salmon eggs and they are already hatching! The first day back from break we received an email from Salmon in Schools that the eggs needed to be delivered right away! They were almost ready to hatch and needed to get into the tank. Luckily, Mr. Bass and Mrs. Daffara had set the tank up and the water was all ready for them. Kids have now been observing them as the hatch from eggs into alevin.

    We have been participating in Salmon in the Classroom for as long as I have been with the program. When I taught 1st grade I used to help manage the tank and clean it out and help take care of the fish. Then Mr. Bass and now Mr. Bass and Mrs. Daffara are helping to keep the salmon tradition going at Cascadia.

    There are 73 schools both public and private that participate in Salmon in Schools-Seattle. The group helps bring the eggs, permits and educational materials to the school in the Seattle area.

    We have Coho Salmon this year, but do you know all 5 types of Salmon that live in the Pacific Northwest? Get your hand ready...
    Repeat after me:  
    •    Thumb: Rhymes with "Chum"
    •    Pointer: "Sockeye" pokes your eye
    •    Middle: Tallest finger reigns "King" (Chinook)
    •    Ring: Wear "Silver" on your ring finger (Coho)
    •    Pinkie: is for "Pink" salmon

    Check back soon for more updates on the Salmon!
    Salmon Eggs in the tank
    Eggs introduced to the tank!


    Kids observing the salmon
    Kids observing the salmon changing from eggs to alevin!
    Posted by aewallace  On Jan 16, 2019 at 2:53 PM
      
    Owl  
    We had quite the exciting morning today at Cascadia! During drop-off this morning you might have noticed police officers were at school. They were here to check on the owl! This morning a staff member at Robert Eagle Staff was walking along the walkway between the two schools and noticed that an owl was stuck in the netting near the baseball diamond. People tried calling various animal rescue services and vets, but many were still closed at that time of the morning. Then the police were called to offer assistance. Several staff members and some of the people working on the field helped to stack pallets to be able to reach the bird. Then our very own Ms. Gibson came to help out. She used to work in wild life rescue and knew what to do! We got her leather gloves and a blanket to keep her safe as she helped the owl. One of our parents called for a dog carrier to be brought to school. While we waited Ms. Gibson and one of the workers carefully wrapped the owl in the blanket and cut him out of the net. We brought it still wrapped in the blanket to wait in the office where it was warmer. The family then took the owl to PAWS Wildlife Center. They reported back that the owl should be okay to return to the wild soon! ​

    What a teachable moment! Today during Community Meeting we talked about what had happened that morning. We got a chance to learn a little more about Barred Owls and see two video's on owl regurgitating their owl pellets. video 1  video 2

    Thanks to our wonderful community who stepped up to help an animal in distress!
    Barred owl in crateBarred owl at the wildlife clinic
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    Posted by aewallace  On Sep 27, 2017 at 8:18 PM