Shad in the Classroom Resources

Shad in the Classroom Resources

Articles about students raising shad in the classroom (PDFs, external links)

  • Just Keep Swimming an article on the first shad students in North Carolina by Patty Matteson, USFWS Raleigh Field Office (PDF, external link)
  • Fish Farming by Monica Holland, Fayetteville Observer
  • Helping the Bay's Rivers Run Silver Again! by Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Alliance, Bay Journal
  • River of Hope by Sandy Burk, USFWS Journal
  • Shad Journal - Contains the following articles by students:
    One Night with Shad: A night of shad research spawns a great adventure by Nick Richman and Karna Sandler
    The Shad Project: Students strive to restore shad in the Potomac using a full shad system by Michael Robinson and Trevor W. Swett

Articles and Research Papers (PDFs, external links)


  • Let the River Run Silver Again! by Sandy Burk is the story of how it all began with students, American shad and the Potomac River
  • When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz, Illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden is the story of the changing seasons and changing times as seen through a young Lenape girl.
  • The Founding Fish by John McPhee is a comprehensive historical look at American Shad.  

Powerpoint Presentations (PDFs, external links)
Presentations from the Teacher Training Workshop at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences:

  • American Shad PowerPoint Presentation by Joshua Raabe, Graduate Research Assistant, PhD candidate N.C. State University
  • River Restoration and Dam Removal by Lynnette Batt, Associate Director, N.C. American Rivers, River Restoration Program
  • American Shad Life History by Mike Wicker, US Fish & Wildlife Service - will be added soon!
  • American Shad Restoration and Management by Chad Thomas, NC Wildlife Resources Commission - will be added soon!

Links to Live Web Cams (external links)
The Live webcams section will take you to sites where you and your students can view Bald eagles dining on their favorite food source.
    NCTC Eagle Cam
    Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam
    Cornell Lab or Ornithology NestCams