Northwest NEWS

September 11, 2000

Local News

Salmon Watcher Program: a distinctly Northwest experience

Put down; the remote control, get off the couch and forget TV. Become a Salmon Watcher instead.
   The Salmon Watcher Program trains volunteers to identify and record species and numbers of spawning anadromous fish in streams in the Lake Washington Watershed. Seeing salmon spawning is an exciting Pacific Northwest experience and helping to track their journey is worthwhile for natives and newcomers alike.
   To participate in this event, plan to attend one of the following training sessions: Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Shoreline Conference Center or Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Kirkland Senior Center. A third session will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Camp Long in West Seattle. All training sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will teach volunteers how to identify spawning fish.
   This four-year-old program is multi-jurisdictional effort focused on protecting a Pacific Northwest treasure and educating the community in the process.
   T reserve a spot at a training session, or for more information, call Michael Murphy at (206) 296-8008 or e-mail michael-wir.murphy@metrok.gov or John Markuson at (425) 489-2700, ext. 298 or johnm@woodinville-citycom. Program information can also be found on the King County Web site by going to http://dnr.metrokc.gov/ and clicking on Salmon Watcher Program.