Volunteer to be a Salmon Watcher

August 20, 2013

By Staff

This fall, you can volunteer to be a salmon watcher for King County.

Salmon Watchers are part of a 16-year-old multijurisdictional effort whose focus is protecting a Pacific Northwest treasure and educating the community about Issaquah’s iconic fish. The main area of focus is within the Lake Washington Watershed.

No experience is necessary. All potential watchers need to attend one classroom training session, during which they will learn how to identify salmon species in the region, the type of stream habitat for which salmon look and what people can do in daily life to help the fish. After training, those interested can sign up to watch salmon and collect data during the fall spawning season.

The program assigns volunteers to creeks that they watch twice a week for spawning salmon in King and Snohomish counties. The data collected helps indicate where salmon spawn and barriers to salmon migration that might exist.

There are two nearby training sessions in the coming weeks. Both are from 7-9 p.m., and participants should arrive early to get signed in.

  • Aug. 28 at Renton City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Room 726
  • Sept. 11 at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.

Email ecologist Jennifer Vanderhoof at jennifer.vanderhoof@kingcounty.gov with questions.



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