Inside Giant Catfish

Fish on parade!

We  had a great time at the Endangered Species Faire in Chico, particularly in the Parade of the Species, which featured some of the students who participated in our education program. In our (only slightly biased) opinion, the truly giant Mekong Giant Catfish puppet was the star of the parade, and received lots of cheers…

Painting Catfish

Larger-than-life catfish crafting

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”–  Baba Dioum We at FISHBIO couldn’t agree more with this quote, which is part of our reason for starting the Three Rivers program. We have truly enjoy sharing our…

Water bug net sampling

Water bug education in Laos

Small bugs can help tell a big-picture story about the conditions of their environment. FISHBIO is currently working with The Asia Foundation in Laos on a program that trains villagers in rural communities to monitor the health of their local streams. People can monitor tell the quality of the river water based on the presence…

Salmon spawning

How does rain affect salmon?

With hardly a drop falling from the sky this January, the welcome downpour California experienced in December is starting to feel like a distant memory. But when incredible amounts of rain did fall last month, it got some third-graders in Ms. Gee’s class wondering: how would all that water affect the salmon traveling up the…

Watching ARIS video

Technology for Teachers

While FISHBIO has worked with many a student during classroom visits, we recently hosted an event just for teachers. Staff at our Chico office welcomed a group of teachers-in-training from Chico State and Sacramento State universities for an educational presentation at Bidwell Park. These teachers are part of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which…

World Fish Migration Day book

World Fish Migration Day a Success!

A big thank you to all of our participating classrooms that helped make our events for the first-ever World Fish Migration Day a success! We were very excited to participate in this international celebration of migratory fish, and were happy for the opportunity to bring together local communities around our fisheries work. In Vientiane, Laos…

Student asking questions

Student questions

Students from California have asked a lot of great questions about Laos. We wanted to answer a few of them here! What languages are spoken in Laos and what languages are taught in school? Believe it or not, there are 86 different languages spoken in Laos! This is because of the amazing number of different…

Stan and avocados

Same Same but Different

“Same same but different” is a phrase you often hear in Laos to describe how things here compare to other places, like the United States. Basically, it means that even with things here that seem familiar, there is a bit of Lao twist. Stan and Erin have been having fun exploring Laos and seeing lots…

Learning about the history of Knight's Ferry

Meko Learns California History

In addition to releasing baby salmon in the Stanislaus River, Ms. Gee’s third grade students also visited the historic town of Knight’s Ferry, and took Meko along for the ride. Meko got to learn about California history, and how the town was built at the time of the California Gold Rush. “Here is Flat Meko…

Stan with 3rd grade students at Nam Ngum Reservoir in Laos

Stan visits Nam Ngum

While Meko the Mekong Gaint Catfish has been exploring the Stanislaus River in California, Stan the Salmon had the chance to visit another part of the Mekong River last week. He traveled with Ms. Panoho’s 3rd grade class from Vientiane Pattana School to Nam Ngum Reservoir. Nam Ngum is one of 11 major tributaries of…