Ice Out, Fish On!
Spring has taken its time arriving this year and this past Monday with snow flurries in the air and ice on the lakes it felt like it would never get here. Then Tuesday it warmed up to 55 degrees and Little Donahue Lake behind the Lowenstine Academic Building at Conserve School began to open up. After school I invited students to join me in exploring the lake and receding ice in sturdy and stable jon boats. Ice covered 75% of the lake and after leaving shore our boats and their oars quickly encountered it. Rather than blocking our travel, the ice quickly gave way to our boats. The warmth of the preceeding days had created many cracks and pockets in the ice and as we pushed against it the ice splintered. Moving the boats into the ice we were treated to a tinkling sound, similar to chimes as thousands of small spikes of ice rubbed against each other.
After school the next day the ice only covered 25% of the lake and again I invited students to join me on the water. This time many of them brought along their fishing gear and added the pleasure of catching their first bass of the season to the fun of exploring the rapidly disappearing ice. I hope you enjoy the photos posted here. Kudos to Matt for finding the fishing hot spot where the others were able to eventually have some success. Unfortunately Matt wasn’t in my boat so I didn’t get pictures of his best fish.
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Conserve School provides a semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. Thanks to the generosity of Conserve School’s friends and its founder James Lowenstine all accepted students receive significant scholarship support.