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Students study determines fish population at Bluff Valley Park


October 25, 2018

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Bessemer's tenth grade biology students help Mark Mylcreest of the Michigan DNR remove fish from nets at Bluff Valley Park. From left are Lane Kortemier, Ayden McCloud, Savanah Green, Ethan Brunelle, Isaac Ormes, Alisa BeBeau and Reiley Hollenbeck.

BESSEMER - Bessemer biology students have been netting Bluff Valley Pond in Bessemer annually since 2015.

The collaborative event involves 10th grade students in biology teacher David Rowe's classes, Mark Mylchreest of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and aquatic lab manager and Bessemer alumnus Roger Greil. 

"When the project started, no one even knew if there were fish in the pond. Now four years later, students have captured, measured, released and tagged fish in a multi-year study that never seems to stop providing surprises," Rowe said.

"The students realize that what the...

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