YAC Visits General Vanier School
Fish Futures was the guest of Ms. Wakeman, the Teacher/Librarian at General Vanier School in Winnipeg. Two classes of Grades 3 and 4 students were in the midst of studying animal habitats and environmental issues, and a presentation on fish and fishing seemed like a good fit.
As usual, there were plenty of experienced anglers in the classroom. I heard stories about catfish on the Red, panfish at Lake of the Woods, and a story about catching fish with a hand-line in Syria. There were plenty of talented artists in these classes as well. The art room was lined with fantastic dioramas of animals in their natural environments.
We talked about the type of habitat fish need to thrive, and the impacts of invasive species like zebra mussels and rusty crayfish. Together we came up with ideas for why freshwater drum make a drumming noise, and how they are able to crush shells. Of course there is always time for some fishing tips, including how best to handle and release fish. Thank you to Ms. Wakeman and the students of General Vanier School for a great afternoon!