Help keep tabs on native salmon

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Many Pacific salmon species have begun the final stretch of their remarkable migration from the open ocean back to the King County rivers and streams of their birth. They will spawn then die as their offspring begin life in the gravels below.

King County and partnering jurisdictions are looking for volunteer “Salmon Watchers” to keep an eye out for fish at streams throughout the Lake Washington watershed. Salmon Watchers spend about 15 minutes twice a week at a designated site along a stream and look for returning salmon during the fall.This volunteer work of monitoring salmon migration and spawning activities is an important part of fisheries management. The data collected is used by agencies and groups working to help restore weak salmon runs and improve habitat for all fish and wildlife.

You can become a salmon watcher by attending a free classroom training to learn how to identify the salmon that spawn in King County streams. Training in the Northshore area is scheduled forThursday, Sept. 13, from 7-9 p.m. at the Woodinville City Hall.

Those interested in volunteering should arrive a few minutes early to sign in. For more information about the Salmon Watcher Program, contact Jennifer Vanderhoof at (206) 263-6533, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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