Washington State Combined Fund Drive

Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program (YBEEP) has been approved for inclusion in the Washington State Combined Fund Drive.

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Meet YBEEP’s Assistant Director, Tiffany Bishop

Tiffany Bishop has a BA in Geography from Central Washington University and a MS in Resource Management from Central Washington University(2012).  She was an NSF-funded WATERS (Watershed Activities to Enhance Research in Schools) fellow from 2011-2012.  She held the position of Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board (YBFWRB) from January 2007 through June 2009.  Throughout the 2007 calendar year, Tiffany was employed with Americorps, and split an Environmental Education position with the YBFWRB and the Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program (YBEEP).  She continued to work with YBEEP on a part-time and volunteer basis as needed, to the present day.  Through these positions, Tiffany has conducted many field trips, classroom presentations, and outreach events covering many varied subjects including water quality, habitat restoration, river ecosystems, hydrology, stormwater management, basic mammal and avian biology, and environmental stewardship.  Tiffany lives in Selah with her husband Jim, four boys, two dogs, two cats, and varying numbers of guppies & snails.  She enjoys fishing for sturgeon, salmon, and other fish, camping with her family, supporting her sons’ efforts in varied sports, and crocheting and reading in her spare time.

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Releasing Salmon & Reporting

You can release your salmon just before Spring Break if you aren’t going to be able to care for the fish during that time.  Release into the body of water listed on your WDFW Permit.  When you have finished, email YBEEP with the date of your release, the approximate number of fish, and the release site so we can report this information for you to the state.  Clean your equipment ASAP after releasing & store it all together in a safe place for next year.  All salmon need to be released & reporting done before leaving for summer vacation at the end of this school year.

Here is a life cycle video to share with your students:

Salmon Spawning

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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) in Wyoming.  For more information & an application go to www.safariclubfoundation.org and click on educator application on the AWLS photo.  Print out the application if you are interested in being considered for summer 2012 and mail your application by February 15, 2012 to:

Deborah Barrett 
290 Orchard Drive
Naches, WA 98937
Home phone: 509-966-0504
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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 = what they have left to accumulate to hatch.

Students should record _daily_ the water temperature, daily ATUs accumulated, total ATUs to date, and expected days to hatching. Daily ATUs are 1 unit for every degree the water in the tank is over 32 degrees F for 24 hours. (For example, if the water temperature in your tank is 50 degrees F.( just used as an example) for 24 hours, then 50 – 32 = 18 degrees over 32, or 18 ATUs for that day)

You can calculate the approximate number of days until hatch by the following formula:

900 – 756 = 144 (the number left to accumulate to hatch) divided by one day’s ATUs = the number of days until hatch.

For example, when the number of ATUs when we arrived with the eggs was 756 and if your water temperature is 50 degrees F, then 900 – 756 = 144 divided by 18 ATUs/day = about 8 days until hatch.

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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.  We know some of you will be returning to school that day.  Please start your filters & chillers as soon as you arrive at school, or if possible stop by the school and turn on the equipment Jan. 2 or 3.  Yakima County deliveries will follow on January 5th & 6th.

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