Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mommy, where to babies come from?

Well, if it’s a fish in our area there’s a good chance it came from here.  Our local MT Fish Wildlife & Parks Hatchery Station.

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These big tubes are where the eggs are placed right after they are fertilized. 

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Our field trip was  about a week too late as the containers of fry had already been moved to the next size tank.

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Here are a few fingerlings the kids got to see.  This was the only tank in the whole building that still had any fish in it.  The rest were all outside already.

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We braved the weather and headed outside .  There were many rows here that still had fish in them, getting bigger and stronger.  Despite the fact they don’t feed the fish (except for one breed of fish).  

From here they are moved into the bigger ponds that average from 1 – 3 acres in size.  I’ll head back there one of these days and snap a picture of the ponds while they’re full of water and fish.  It won’t be long and they’ll be heading out to the lake and the river…. several million babies!


West Side of Straight said...

That's a fun and interesting tour to take. Our kids loved it, and especially again when they're bigger and really hungry!

Anonymous said...

I can honestly say that this is one tour I would have like to take!! I love the fish hatcheries--great for the kiddos to see!


Anonymous said...

I would love to visit a hatchery. I'm not even sure where the nearest one here in Kansas is.

McCrakensx4 said...

What a fun field trip...something my boys would enjoy for sure!

He & Me + 3 said...

That is a cool field trip. Different but very cool. I love it. That is alot of fishies.

Kim said...

Cool field trip. I am sure the kids had a great time. I can't believe they don't feed the fish.

hip chick said...

That is a pretty cool place to visit.

chili pepper said...

The home school mom in me is jumping up and down and saying what a cool field trip!

Alicia said...

How cool is that!!! What a fun trip!!

It also made me wonder if anyone has ever fallen in there! LOL

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