Students of the St Vrain Valley School District dive into
native aquatic species conservation
The students involved in this project come from schools all over the district to participate. They work in the field and in the classroom to come up with innovative ways to support the recovery of the Northern Redbelly Dace in Colorado.
The Northern Redbelly Dace
On August 28th, 2021 the partners of this project gathered at Pella Crossing to release the Northern Redbelly Dace into Webster Pond.
Alongside partner organizations, over 150 members of the local community came to see the release of nearly 600 juvenile Northern Redbelly Dace into their new home.
Thank you to videographer Benjamin Prylinski for capturing all the excitement of this day!
Comic Book: The Story of a Small Minnow with a Big Impact
Narrated, Designed, and Illustrated by SVVSD Students (Josh and Caroline)
The Big Picture with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza
Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza is the Director of the Ocean First Institute, a non-profit based out of Boulder, CO and also a leading partner in the Northern Redbelly Dace Project. She is an aquatic species expert, who specializes in shark conservation science, then brought that passion to the land-locked state of Colorado to save native aquatic species.
On this day, Dr. Mikki gave a talk to about the Northern Redbelly Dace Project while on a research expedition in Belize. In this presentation she discusses the origins of the project, logistics of rearing these endangered fish, as well as recent progress and future goals of the project.