• Fulton Schools Rainbow Lake Research Project

    Rainbow Lake Rainbow Lake 2

    Starting in 2019, student have started the process of collaborating with the Rainbow Lake Association to better understand the lake ecosystem. Students perform field research including water quality analysis, macroinvertebrate studies, fish population surveys and habitat improvements on the lake. Students have the opportunity to merge their science content learning with real-world applications on the lake. 

    Fish Identification Guide

     

  • Week 6 - Rainbow Lake Field Research

    Posted by Jeremy Winsor on 2/24/2020

    Week 6 - Rainbow Lake Field Research - Trapping Fish / Fish Habitat (continued work)

    1. Review the protocols for getting a scientific collectors permit on the DNR's website.
      1. Continue creating an application for the permit.
    2. Fish characteristics PowerPoint
      1. Continue working on PowerPoint. 
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  • Week 5 - Rainbow Lake Field Research

    Posted by Jeremy Winsor on 2/17/2020

    Week 5 - Rainbow Lake Field Research - Trapping Fish / Fish Habitat (continued work)

    1. Review the protocols for getting a scientific collectors permit on the DNR's website.
      1. Continue creating an application for the permit.
    2. Fish characteristics PowerPoint
      1. Continue working on PowerPoint. 
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  • Week 4 - Rainbow Lake Field Research

    Posted by Jeremy Winsor on 2/10/2020

    Week 4 - Rainbow Lake Field Research - Trapping Fish / Fish Habitat (continued work)

    1. Review the ongoing notes and corresponding documents
      1. Continue Process of permit application for habitat placement
      2. Contact homeowners / Lake Association for habitat placement.
        1. Must get written permission from homeowners
    2. Get a detailed topographic map of the lake.  This may require some conversations with the Lake Association - Still need
    3. Review the protocols for getting a scientific collectors permit on the DNR's website
      1. Continue creating an application for the permit.
    4. Fish characteristics PowerPoint
      1. Continue working on PowerPoint. 
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  • Week 3 - Rainbow Lake Field Research

    Posted by Jeremy Winsor on 2/3/2020

    Week 3 - Rainbow Lake Field Research - Trapping Fish / Fish Habitat (continued work)

    1. Go to the following website and review the article. Create a PowerPoint presentation of the various trapping techniques paying special attention to "Fyke Net Trapping." Your presentation should include the various methods of trapping for sampling purposes.  Also, make special note of any safety procedures. - Continue working on the presentation. Update as appropriate. 
    2. Review the ongoing notes and corresponding documents
      1. Review materials for habitat creating as approved by EGLE/MDNR
      2. Choose the most appropriate design for habitats.
      3. Create a materials list for construction
      4. Add costs to the materials list
      5. Begin Process of permit application for habitat placement
      6. Contact homeowners / Lake Association for habitat placement.
        1. Must get written permission from homeowners
    3. Determine the following with regard to Rainbow Lake (this may require substantial research). - Continue work
      1. The total surface area from the spillway (south end of the lake) up to Luce Road. 
      2. The total volume of water that Rainbow Lake encompasses from the spillway (south end of the lake) up to Luce Road. 
      3. The total shoreline (in feet) from the spillway (south end of the lake) up to Luce Road. 
      4. Is there a flow rate for the lake from the north end to spillway?
    4. Get a detailed topographic map of the lake.  This may require some conversations with the Lake Association - Still need
    5. Review the protocols for getting a scientific collectors permit on the DNR's website
      1. Start creating an application for the permit.
    6. Contact DNR/EGLE regarding any previous assessments on Rainbow Lake
      1. Create a presentation of potential fish to be collected and distinguishing characteristics.
      2. Create a spreadsheet for data collection purposes.
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  • Week 2 - Rainbow Lake Field Research

    Posted by Jeremy Winsor on 1/24/2020

    Week 2 - Rainbow Lake Field Research - Trapping Fish

    1. Go to the following website and review the article. Create a PowerPoint presentation of the various trapping techniques paying special attention to "Fyke Net Trapping." Your presentation should include the various methods of trapping for sampling purposes.  Also, make special note of any safety procedures.
    2. Determine the following with regard to Rainbow Lake (this may require substantial research).
      1. The total surface area from the spillway (south end of the lake) up to Luce Road. 
      2. The total volume of water that Rainbow Lake encompasses from the spillway (south end of the lake) up to Luce Road. 
      3. The total shoreline (in feet) from the spillway (south end of the lake) up to Luce Road. 
      4. Is there a flow rate for the lake from the north end to spillway?
    3. Get a detailed topographic map of the lake.  This may require some conversations with the Lake Association Board. 
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  • Week 1 - Rainbow Lake Field Research

    Posted by Jeremy Winsor on 1/21/2020

    Week 2 - Rainbow Lake Field Research - Field Research

    Go to the "Rainbow Lake Study" folder that I shared with you. Read the following

    1. 2019 Rainbow Lake Water Quality Report
    2. Meeting with Rainbow Lake Association Board and Fisheries Committee Notes
    3. A Catalog of Reservoir Fish Habitat Structures
    4. Review water quality assessment test procedures and equipment for use.

    Answer the following questions by creating a new google doc in that folder to use as a long term lab notebook

    1. What is field research?
    2. What are the current "best practices" for performing aquatic field research?
    3. Are there any ongoing field studies that we could mimic for Rainbow lake?
    4. What does an appropriate experimental design look like in "field research?"
    5. What is mark and recapture? Explain how it's used for population estimates.
    6. What other options for population surveys exist? Nets? Trapping?
    7. What permitting would be required for this study?

     

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