2019 Imprinting Season ends on May 11

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at a little after 8:00 PM saw the release of thousands of 3-4 inch Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek where they will make there way to Piper’s Creek, to Puget Sound, and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.  These very fit fish have a chance to return to these home waters in 3 to 5 years to spawn.  Having been imprinted with the smell (chemical/mineral signature) of the water from Piper’s Creek Watershed, some of these fish will return to Carkeek Park creek waters in 3-5 years to find good habitat and mates after all the challenges they will have survived since their release.

83 parents, teachers, kids, and CWCAP volunteers brought well-wishing anticipation to the these plump and frisky fish as they were released to continue their fascinating and challenging life cycle.  After feeding these fish 3 times per day, 7 days a week from January through May, CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards were on hand to enjoy conversations with visitors as everyone mingled before the final release.

Final Salmon Release of the 2019 Imprinting Season: Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 PM

Join us at the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 PM for our final salmon release of Spring 2019.  Thousands of fish will be released into Venema Creek which joins Pipers Pipers Creek and then drains to Puget Sound.  Tip: since the release is at dusk (not dark), bring a flashlight to help see the fish in the creek.

Salmon will continue to be fed 3 times per day, 7 days per week until then.  Please come by with family and friends to learn a bit, tell stories, and help feed the fish.  Salmon Imprint Stewards are at the park in the mornings, mid-days, and evenings to feed and engage park visitors.  Stop by when you see the  Help Feed Salmon sign at the trail head up to the Imprint Pond.

Thank you Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for providing our fish since 2004.  Thanks for all the fish!

Thank you CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards!  Your care for all of these fish and your willingness to spread your stewardship is priceless.

Thank you Salmon in the Schools!  So awesome, so connected to our schools and communities.

Thank you Seattle Public Utilities for continuing to innovate the protection of our waters, expand education, and support the Salmon in the Schools programs.

Thank you Seattle Parks for our space and your tireless support!