Larger-than-life catfish crafting

Painting Catfish

“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 knowledge about rivers and the species they support with students in many different grade levels. During our most recent school visits in Chico, California, we made classroom presentations about the water cycle, rivers, migratory fishes, and the challenges they face in California and worldwide. Then, it was time for fishy hands-on crafts! We’ve been working with students at Chico’s Chapman Elementary School to craft and decorate a just slightly larger-than-life Mekong giant catfish!

Giant Catfish Painting

The goal for this goliath is for students to proudly carry and display it during the “Procession of the Species,” one of the highlights of Chico’s upcoming Endangered Species Faire tomorrow (May 2nd). This annual, free event for the whole family is organized by the Butte Environmental Council. We look forward to a wonderful day of educational activities, and are particularly excited to kick off the morning of the Faire with our Second Annual Salmon Run. This fun-run for all ages is intended to foster conservation through raising awareness about the uniqueness of Big Chico Creek and its special fishes. We hope to see you there!

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