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Last Thursday, our Preschool and Casa children visited Noons Creek Hatchery at the Port Moody Ecological Society. The hatchery provides refuge for thousands of young coho and chum salmon before they embark on their perilous journey to the Pacific Ocean.
We were pleasantly surprised with the mystical mist that hovered the inlet. As we walked the trails around the hatchery, we watched a flock of Canada Geese soaring above us. We spotted two salmon in the water! Our tour guide was sharing with us the life cycle of the salmon. It is during this time of the year that salmon come to spawn their eggs and then die. The waves pull them to the shoreline and birds, seals and other animals come to eat them. We even got to see a tooth from a Chum fish!
Once we returned back to the learning centre, our tour guide shared with us the impact the hatchery has on salmon returning to spawn and the protection for salmon fry. We were shown pictures of different types of salmon such as Chinook, Coho and Chum, to name a few, and observed small test tubes with samples of eggs to fry.
The children’s favourite part: feeding the small fry in the large pool! We were visited by the tour guide’s two pet crows who came to eat the remains of the fish food! A perfect ending to a wonderful morning!
Photos by: Michael Rendulic