A Day In Sidney

Dear Sidney,

Thank you for welcoming us to Sidney, and making it feel like home. I really liked hanging out with you guys. I had a lot of fun going to the different stations and getting to talk to the students. I got to learn more about the students and how they live and the different things they do. It was nice to be able to experience the beautiful nature. I had a lot of fun playing kick ball with the students. All I keep talking about is the trip and how much fun I had. I wish I could go back and get to see you all again.

It was so sunny!

Sidney was so beautiful!

I had so much fun!

Reflections:

Station 1. In the first station we learned about floods. We had a little introduction about what went on in Sidney. They had a bridge that broke. They had orange marks on them so they were able to tell the height of water. In 2011 was the last flood that Sidney had. They thought that in Sidney floods would occur every three years, but they were surprised.

Station 2. In the second station we released the trout and learned about the different trout and fish that are in Sidney. The trout that we learned about were the Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Hybrid Bass, and Steelhead. The Brook Trout are the official New York State fish and live in cool water. The Brown Trout live in water all across New York State and live in warm water. The Rainbow Trout live in warm water. Lake Trout don't live in streams and live Native to New York. In Sidney the Brown Trout are most common. They said in Sidney when you want to eat fish that you need to get them out of streams not rivers.

Station 3. In the third station we learned how to fly fish. They put flys on the hooks a bait. The type of flies they used are Sulfur, Mayfly which is the most popular in Sidney, Cadas, Deer Fly, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Woolly Bugger. Strikers are bright color which attracts the fish. In order to fish in Sidney, you need a license.

Station 4. In the fourth station we learned how to determine how old a tree is. The tool we used to do that was a Forest Tree. You had to spin the knob and then when you got all the way in, you have to spin it the opposite way and pull a metal piece out and a piece of the tree with rings on it came out. The tree we demonstrated on was a Soft Maple. We could not determine the age, there were too many rings.

Station 5. In the fifth station we did all different tests on the water. The first test we did was test the Chloride in the water. The first thing you do is put the Chloride Indicator in the water. Then you add three drops of indicator dye. We got 3 and times it by 5 and got 15 ml of Chloride. Than we tested the Ph level. Ph is hydrogen in the water. We put the water in the Ph indicator and got 7.0. Anything below 6 ½ and anything about 7 ½ is dangerous. Rain, rocks, soil, and chemicals affect Ph level. The next test we did was the Nitrate Level. You want to have low nitrate, high nitrate is rare. You have to have to get the level of the water and times it by 4.4. The recommended nitrate level is 0.  

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