Author Archives: Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program

White foam in your salmon tanks

The white foam you see in your salmon tanks after your eggs hatch is from the dissolving egg shells.  To help clean up the water, skim the empty eggshells out of your tank with a net as much as possible.

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2012 Safari Club International American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS)

The Central Washington Chapter of Safari Club International selects & pays all expenses (including air fare, room & board, & tuition) for local teachers each year to spend a week during the summer at the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) … Continue reading

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Predicting the hatch date of salmon using temperature units (TU)

When we delivered the eggs they had accumulated approximately 756 Temperature Units (TUs) up until you received them. Fall Chinook salmon eggs need about 900 Accumulated TUs (ATUs) to begin hatching. Subtract 756 from 900. 900-756 = 144 TUs = … Continue reading

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January 2012 Salmon Egg Delivery

Attention: Central Washington Salmon in the Classroom Teachers: Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program expects to deliver fall Chinook salmon eggs from Priest Rapids Hatchery to Grant, Chelan & Kittitas County tanks, signed up with us, on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.  … Continue reading

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New Salmon in the Classroom Information!

We have learned some new information about the salmon in the classroom filter media that will hopefully help us to lose fewer fish this year.  There are three kinds of media in the filters: mechanical (the white pads) which filter … Continue reading

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Salmon in the Classroom

Check out our Salmon in the Classroom information pages listed under our “Curriculum/Information” link above.  Bookmark this site so the information you need is available 24/7.

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ALEA Grant

YBEEP is the recipient of a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife ALEA Grant to repair salmon chillers and purchase filter media and water conditioner for Yakima & Kittitas County Salmon in the Classroom participants. If you have a chiller … Continue reading

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2011 Salmon spawning field trip summary

1281 students, 54 teachers, and 199 members of the public participated in YBEEP led spring Chinook and sockeye salmon spawning field trips on the Cle Elum River during September and October 2011, over a period of 18 days.

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Digging a redd – an astounding gravel moving operation!

In the banner photo above, a female spring Chinook salmon is digging a depression in the 2-4 inch gravel in the riverbed with her tail.  She will then deposit some of her eggs in this depression, move above it, & … Continue reading

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Spring Chinook spawning today

We watched spring Chinook salmon spawning today in the American River at the Pleasant Valley Campground.

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