Spring 2010 Fish
Fun with Fish
Whether it's bass from the Finger Lakes, bluefish from the waters around Long Island, sunfish from a backyard pond, or goldfish in a bowl, people are fascinated by fish. We watch them slip through the water and wonder at their agility. We pucker up our lips and suck in our cheeks to make fish faces at each other. Let's face it, fish are fun.
Studying fish introduces natural science concepts to youth: food chains, habitat and adaptations to a specific environment. Anatomy and movement can be easily observed by simply keeping a small tank of fish in the classroom.
For many New York State families, fun with fish includes fishing-often a tradition shared from one generation to the next. For others, it's an outdoor activity they're curious about but not sure how to begin. For those who are interested in trying fishing but don't want to invest in the equipment, some public libraries loan fishing rods and tackle to patrons. In addition, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) offers free fishing clinics which include instruction and equipment. See 2010 Free Fishing Day Clinics for the schedule.
This Issue's "Outside Page"
Master Casters is a great activity for hand-eye coordination, as well as developing an appreciation for the skills involved in fishing. Fish Finder will encourage students to carefully read about New York's sportfish to complete the activity. Fish Finder answers, in order, are: bluegill, brook trout, flounder, pickerel, striped bass, smallmouth; the hidden message is "go fish."
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