Dupage County Forest Preserve
3 S 501 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
To Mill Street School Students
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources are asking for your help to raise
smallmouth bass in your classroom. We need a commitment from
you to raise approximately 10 smallmouth bass from September
9 till October 23. The bass are 2-3" long and grow to 4-5"
by October. The 1-2 inches of growth will give them a better
chance of surviving in the streams.
- By releasing the bass, we are also increasing the diversity
of life, called biodiversity, in the streams throughout
DuPage County. Smallmouth bass used to be abundant in local streams,
but have declined in numbers due to the variety of pollution
problems effecting their habitat. Bass are predators whose presence
indicate a variety of habitats and a biologically diverse ecosystem
since they feed upon a variety of macroinvertebrates and smaller
For the bass to survive, you will need to do more than
just raise the bass in your classroom.
You will need to:
- INVESTIGATE where and what kind of biologically diverse ecosystems
you have in your community.
- INVENTORY and MONITOR local biodiversity.
- TAKE ACTION on your scientific discoveries on how to protect
and improve biodiversity.
The bass will survive if we all preserve and protect biodiversity
throughout DuPage County.
Please fax me the Letter of
Agreement if you, as a group, would like to take on this
responsibility of raising the fish and protecting the biodiversity
in our communities.
I hope to hear from you you soon,
- Steve Leonard