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Students of salmon

Oak Heights kids learn about fish live and up close


November 22, 2017

KYLEIGH CUTBIRTH points to artwork over a tank of recently hatched salmon, explaining the life cycle of salmon. Kaydence Gerdes is beside her. The girls are part of Zach Sartin's fourth-grade class at Oak Heights. The class hatched and raised the salmon as part of an Salmon Trout Enhancement Program activity to help educate students about the fish.

Zach Sartin's fourth-grade class at Oak Heights released a handful of surviving salmon fry into the South Santiam River Monday, Nov. 20, capping its involvement in this year's egg-to-fry project.

Classrooms in the mid-Willamette Valley hatch some 20,000 Chinook salmon eggs for release into the rivers each year, and a similar program for rainbow trout involves 45 classrooms.

"I have about 75 teachers in my district," said Karen Hans, a Salmon Trout Enhancement Program biologist with the Ore--gon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Her district ranges from Salem to just north of Eugene and Swe...

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