Nancy R. Malmgren, CWCAP Founder, 1929-2016

Nancy Malmgren, Founder and Director of CWCAP, 1929-2016; wreath placed by Pauline at Carkeek Park, November 11, 2016

Please join us for Nancy’s Memorial:
Nancy Malmgren Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM (passed event).
Contact CWCAP@CarkeekWatershed.org (206-235-7431)

It is with awe, reflection, and sadness that we join the community in marking the passing of Nancy Malmgren.

During her time with the Girl Scouts at Carkeek Park (circa 1965), a visionary plan developed to rehabilitate, clean up and bring back the salmon.  Nancy created the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) and the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP) and gathered support and funds to make the vision real.   Collaborating with many and working relentlessly, she was able to see water pollution reduced, the creek system restored, and the salmon returned.  Earth Day at Carkeek Park was her special holiday.

Nancy brought four decades of positive and successful changes to the Piper’s Creek Watershed and Carkeek Park through education, action, and demonstration.  It will take much time and more than a few individuals to bring it all to the fore.

I wish I could have been able to attend today’s celebration of Nancy Malmgren’s life.  Nancy and I collaborated often on issues relating to salmon recovery and habitat restoration and preservation in Carkeek and throughout the Salish Sea.  As many there already know…our phone conversations were lengthy (but always worthwhile!) 😄😄😄. What struck me most about Nancy was her commitment, perseverance, stamina and sense of humor.  She had a great way of reaching across generations and cultures.  Let’s honor her by continuing her work.  The Suquamish Tribe will be there.  With sympathy,

—Leonard Forsman, Chairman, Suquamish Tribe

Over the years Nancy became passionate regarding the fish that she loved, the Chum salmon, in Carkeek Park, in Northern Seattle, Washington. She negotiated trails, bridges, weirs, hillside slide prevention, huge rocks and trees to divert the erosion of the banks of the creek, imprint & intake pond, educational centers, salmon slides, walk ways over the wet lands, Earth Day, safety issues regarding the railroad tracks — just to name a few. She envisioned this web site also!

—Dale Calkin, CWCAP President, Since 1979

This passing is epic… blessed are we all for her years of devoted and loyal service to Piper’s Creek Watershed and Carkeek Park!

—Belinda Chin, Past CPAC Liaison, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Very proud to be in the creek in memory of Nancy.  She has been a great inspiration to me and I’m sure thousands of others.  She took my love of being a naturalist and studying ecology and sort of said you just have to go for it.  At the time I didn’t know what IT was, but now I do thanks to her.  She just had that fire; I will miss that about her.  It just goes to show what one person can do to inspire others and keep the fire stoked.

—Matthew Kuhar, CWCAP Member, Salmon Programs
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Senate Resolution 8674 Honoring Nancy Malmgren
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It’s Salmon SEEson again at Carkeek Park!

Salmon by any other nameSalmon are here!  To celebrate, come out to Carkeek Park and get to know the salmon!

The first chum salmon of the season were sighted and reported on Thu. Oct 27, 2016 by Andrea F. on Piper’s Creek!  Last year the first chum salmon were sighted on October 26, 2015.

Remember, please stay on the trails and use the viewing areas to watch for salmon. Keep all of your dog friends leashed and out of the creeks and away from the creek banks.

Here are some of the activities you might want to know about:

Carkeek Salmon Search Program
November through the beginning of December; outdoor workshops each year bring Salmon in the Schools classrooms to the park to learn fish dissection, creek walk discoveries of returning salmon, and the detailed salmon life cycle as it applies to human and natural obstacles to survival.  Seattle Public Utilities and local Naturalists partner with teachers to share the exciting salmon run and park resources with hundreds of local youth.  Some of the returning adult fish the students see may have been released by their schools 3-5 years earlier as small salmon fry, also part of the Salmon in the Schools program.

Salmon Stewards
Each Saturday & Sunday in November and the 1st weekend in December, 11AM—2PM; Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards are a community of local volunteers trained to welcome, engage, educate, and inspire park visitors drawn by the annual Piper’s Creek salmon run.

Salmon Spawning Survey
Each Saturday in November until the end of the salmon run in December; trained CWCAP volunteers collect data from deceased salmon to determine their numbers and spawning success. This annual survey follows the story of these fish after they are released from the Les Malmgren Imprint Pond 3-5 years earlier.

Salmon egg delivery
Early January; the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery provides 20,000 chum salmon eggs each year to CWCAP where they are reared in the Imprint Pond’s Egg Incubator/Self-release tanks. At the same time, nearly 30 local schools participating in the Salmon in the Schools – Seattle program will each get their 220-250 eggs (see April fry deliveries below).

Salmon fry deliveries

  • February; the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery provides 70,000 chum salmon fry each year to CWCAP. The first batch of 35,000 are delivered to the Imprint Pond where they are imprinted, fed, and later released into Venema Creek.
  • March; the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery provides 70,000 chum salmon fry each year to CWCAP. The second batch of 35,000 are delivered to the Imprint Pond where they are imprinted, fed, and later released into Venema Creek.
  • April; after rearing 220-250 salmon eggs provided by the Suquamish Tribe chilled aquariums, 29 local school field trips bring salmon fry to the Imprint Pond where they are imprinted and fed by CWCAP volunteers. They are released into Venema Creek during a great release party on Saturday evening during Carkeek Park’s Annual Earth Day Celebration.