We had a great time on Friday. I joined 7th grade life science teachers and students at our outdoor classroom by the pond. We released about three dozen grass eating fish into the pond throughout the day. If you have driven by the pond in the last few years, you have undoubtedly noticed the mil-foil weed that is taking over. After some research, and discussions with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, I discovered the fish called White Amur. The common name is Grass Carp. Early Friday morning I drove up to Dahlonega, GA, to one of only two hatcheries in the state that raises White Amur, and brought back between 36 to 40 of the fish. Even though the cab of my truck was somewhat crowded, I must say that the fish were not much for conversation. I digress. I arrived back on campus at about 10:00am and set up for the day. My son Samuel, who is home (but leaving soon) from college, helped with set-up, built a screen for the drain (see photos) and stayed to assist throughout the day. Studying the condition of our pond has been a life science project for several years. Their research, in fact, has enabled me to report to interested community members that even though the pond looks unhealthy, it actually supports a vibrant healthy ecosystem. The photos above show several classes just before releasing several fish. You can also see a couple of the fish in the aquarium, as well as the plastic bins in the pond which allowed the fish to become acclimated before their release.