Following Fishes: an anadromous lesson for secondary science students
Designed for high school biology class, this lesson focuses on anadromous fish of Idaho, chiefly Chinook and Steelhead, with an emphasis on the technology used to manage these species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Not only are salmon fisheries important to the Idaho economy, they are a large part of our culture and a potential source of future employment and political decision making.
This lesson covers basic anadromous salmon biology, current management, and the technology used to track salmon as they migrate through our river systems. It can take from 3 to 5 hours (class periods) to complete the lesson depending on how in-depth the teacher chooses to cover the subject as laid out in the lesson plan.
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Following Fishes Lesson (PowerPoint®)
- Students learn about Idaho's anadromous salmon biology, lifecycle, threats, and the technology used to manage them
- Students use a PIT tag to retrieve information about a specific fish from the PTAGIS database
- Students use information from PTAGIS to retrieve data from the DART database
- Students combine information and graphs to answer questions and form hypotheses about salmon migration and survival
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