Mr. Knutson took the Wildlife and Fisheries class to the Gavin's Point Dam this past week. The tour guide for the group showed them the plant. They saw the Generators, flood gates, and the guide explained how the dam worked and produced power for over 30,000 homes. She also explained how the dam was built back in the 1950's and how things have changed since the dam was built.
During the hatchery tour they were allowed to see the Pallid Sturgeon area as the the fish were close to hatching. The group was able to see a wide range of fish at various ages and stages of development. For example, they saw the eggs of Pallid sturgeon all the way up to fish that were over 20 years. old. The tour guide explained how they caught the fish eggs, hatched them out and raised them. They also explained why research is so important in helping Pallid Sturgeon numbers increase. The students also got to walk around the research ponds and see different types of fish like Paddlefish, rainbow trout, and bass.