Post-tagging, the first location collected on a fish is one of the most critical data points. If this location is collected too soon after tagging, we may capture post-surgery stress movements that don’t accurately reflect a fish’s choice to move. If we wait too long, we may miss important movements that could be informative for determining a fish’s behavior. So, before collecting that first point, we typically wait about a week after tagging to start tracking fish.
Why a week? Honestly, that’s timeframe is somewhat arbitrary and probably a better reflection of how long it takes to physically recover from tagging, repair equipment, and get bored in the office (actually, I was bored within a day, but I soldiered on).
One of the only exciting parts of this week was news that we were making a TV debut. On the first day of fall tagging I was joined by staff from WNEP’s Pennsylvania Outdoor Life to document the sampling process and learn a little more about brook trout ecology. It was great being able to share my research with the cameras, and hopefully connect it to a larger audience in central Pennsylvania and beyond.
Footage is starting to surface from WNEP, including a full 30-minute segment on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life that will air in a few days. But, on Wednesday we were included as part of another WNEP program called Power to Save.
Below is video from the Power to Save program. I’d suggest watching the entire segment, but our brook trout research is featured around the 1:50 minute mark. Enjoy, and check back next week for links to the full 30-minute segment.
If you have trouble with the link below, access the original video here.