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From the Spring 2010 Conservationist for Kids

Fish are Fascinating

By Joelle Ernst and Greg Kozlowski

It's fun to watch them move through the water, whether singly or in "schools" (groups of fish). Where they live-their habitat-provides the food, water, shelter and space they need to survive.

Some freshwater fish, like bluegill, live in shallow, weedy ponds and lakes. There are plenty of places to hide among the plants, whether they are searching for prey or avoiding predators. Since they're shallow, these waters can warm to over 80° F at times! Fish that need cooler waters may be found in deeper areas. Other fish, like trout, prefer cold water lakes, ponds and streams with temperatures less than 72° F.

Saltwater fish are found in the ocean. Some, such as striped bass, travel into freshwater rivers like the Hudson to spawn (lay their eggs).

Be RESPECTFUL !

When you're outdoors, you're in the home of wildlife; you're in their habitat.
Don't litter. Eventually, what you leave on the land will be washed into the water. Clean up after yourself and others who have left a mess.
Observe, but don't disturb wildlife, and don't disturb other people who are there to enjoy the wildlife.
If you go fishing, know and follow regulations that apply to you and only keep the size and number of fish that you are allowed to keep. If you're not going to eat them, release the fish right away.

Get Outdoors!

Fishing is a fun sport that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter their age or ability. You can enjoy it by yourself, with your family, or with a group of friends. You may even end up with your own fish story to tell!