Joins us for our 2nd salmon release Sat, March 25, 6:45 PM !

Join us as we release 32,500 salmon fry into Venema Creek!

Drive down the hill into Carkeek Park and look for this sign to the Imprint Pond.

We are about to release 32,500 Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek this Saturday, March 25, 2017!

This is our 2nd release of the year, which will be followed by 1 more release in mid-May.

Plan to be at the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond no later than 6:45 PM this Saturday.  Though it won’t be dark yet, flashlights will be helpful as you watch the fish make their way downstream after their release.  We’re talking about 32,500 salmon fry, so every small pool in the creek will have hundreds of juvenile fish venturing downstream. Rubber or hiking shoes are recommended along the wet banks near the release sight.  Oh yeah — kids, don’t forget to bring your parents, friends, and teachers!

The fish that this community releases this Saturday will be among the hundreds that return to spawn in 3-5 years at Carkeek Park.

Thank you Suquamish Tribe and the staff at Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for our fish stock, your expertise, and support!

Weather people go out to see what’s there…

Tiny Trees pre-schooler students visited the CWCAP salmon imprinting facility at Carkeek Park. They learned about and helped feed 32,500 salmon fry; photo from March 14, 2017

Every spring the Suquamish Tribe generously gives to and honors this region by providing 90-100,000 Chum salmon to the Carkeek community so that we can pursue a kind of stewardship that would not be possible without their heritage, rights, and agency.  Thank you!

Here we have Tiny Trees pres-school kids so involved in learning to understand their role in the world and in a region of wild salmon.

There are several hopeful things happening here: kids are absorbing everything, salmon and kids are meeting each other, and new ways to be involved are shaping this new generation of personalities..

The kids I met with were happily mannered and articulate.  I had that experience before with a group of TTs, but having these little post-larval humans inside the salmon imprinting facility for a while impressed on me the good work that is happening with Tiny Trees.

—Rick Henry, Director, CWCAP

Shoreline College Environmental Club observes surface water drainage challenges and solutions in Piper’s Creek Watershed

Rick Henry, Adria Magrath, and Chip Dodd discuss salmon life cycles with Shoreline College students at the Carkeek Park salmon imprinting facility; March 4, 2017

Shoreline College students joined CWCAP on Saturday, March 4, 2017 as their Environmental Club sought to understand the various ways in which Seattle Public Utilities and homeowners around the steep ravines of Carkeek Park manage surface water runoff.

Natural drainage systems, stormwater drains and outfall pipes, improvised street-side ditches, and un-managed runoff into the steep-sided ravine slopes were observed and discussed.

Downstream is the CWCAP imprinting facility that releases 90-100,000 salmon fry every Spring and just a little downstream from there is the spawning grounds for hundreds of salmon every Fall.  SCC students discussed salmon life cycles, how salmon are imprinted, how salmon are released, and what ecosystem challenges they face as ocean-bound maturing fish.

Adria Magrath along with Chip Dodd, SCC faculty, provided excellent context and experience as we found ways to understand the dynamic urban Piper’s Creek Watershed.

 

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