Get special presentation, tour at hatchery Sept. 19

September 16, 2014

The public is invited to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a special tour and presentation — “Salmon Recovery…We Can’t Do It Alone” — Sept. 19.

Learn about the impact on the Lake Sammamish watershed of human activity and ways individuals and policy makers can create an environment in which salmon can thrive. The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has invited those who make decisions within their respective jurisdictions that impact the watershed to this special presentation.

Speakers will include:

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Miracle salmon, public need your assistance

September 9, 2014

The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.

The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.

There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:

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Hatchery needs new education coordinator

September 9, 2014

Celina Steiger is leaving her position as education coordinator with Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Her last day is Sept. 12.

She is taking a position with Homewaters, a program of Islandwood, an organization that helps children and adults discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves and one another. She joined FISH in 2007.

Read the job description here, or call 392-1118.

Apply by mail, fax or email. Send a cover letter and résumé to Jane Kuechle, executive director, FISH, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Fax to 392-3180 or email to jane@issaquahfish.org.

 

Issaquah hatchery gift shop is open for salmon season

September 5, 2014

NEW — 9 p.m. Sept. 6, 2014

The FISHop, a salmon-themed gift shop, has opened to greet the salmon returning to Issaquah Creek.

The shop sells salmon souvenirs, gifts and children’s activities. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until mid-November.

The shop is at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, at 125 W. Sunset Way. Proceeds from the shop, staffed by volunteers, are used to support the salmon education programs of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

New items include a salmon-shaped oven mitt, fish collars for large and medium-sized dogs who love water, and bone necklaces carved in the shape of a salmon. The shop also carries notecards, postcards, hats with the hatchery logo, key chains, magnets and tree ornaments.

Taco Time grand opening to benefit FISH

August 18, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 18, 2014

The city’s second Taco Time franchise will host a special opening day fundraiser Aug. 20.

A portion of proceeds raised from the new restaurant that day will go toward the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, which helps to safely bring the salmon home every year.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and is at 5611 221st Place S.E., across the street from Brown Bear Car Wash.

Volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 18, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2014

With spawning season coming up, it’s a good time to volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year.

FISH relies on a committed team of docents to provide tours and educate visitors about the salmon in Issaquah Creek. Adult volunteers are needed from September to mid-November.

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FISH needs volunteers to help this fall

July 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 14, 2014

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is gearing up for its busy fall tour season and needs many volunteers, including tour guides, helpers in the gift shop or around the hatchery.

Volunteers will receive training, a mentor and a lot of opportunities and support to ease them into their roles.

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Support Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery by shopping at AmazonSmile

June 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2014

You can now contribute to the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery automatically, just by shopping on Amazon.

FISH is participating in the AmazonSmile program. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5 percent of every purchase you make via smile.amazon.com to FISH. This allows Amazon customers to support FISH at no extra cost.

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Beverly Lee to retire from FISH

April 8, 2014

Longtime volunteer Beverly Lee has announced her retirement as volunteer coordinator of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, effective June 30.

Lee has lived in Issaquah since 1985, except for two years when she lived in England. She first became a volunteer with FISH in 2002. In 2007, she began assisting with coordinating the volunteer component of the FISH program and assumed the role of volunteer coordinator in 2009.

Lee has brought wonderful innovations to the volunteer program including interviews to help place volunteers in the most appropriate position, and a mentor program that helps new volunteers get off to the best start.

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Kokanee release celebrates species recovery

April 30, 2013

Marking the fourth year of a successful effort, The Kokanee Work Group, along with the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, held its annual kokanee fry release last week with the help of area fourth-graders.

On a sunny and mild April 26, a group of students from Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary School placed several hundred young kokanee salmon into their home waters of Ebright Creek. The concentrated effort to save the species, which lives most of its life in Lake Sammamish, celebrated the results of a recovery after the fish had hovered on the edge of extinction.

By Peter Clark King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) and mayor Ava Frisinger release kokanee salmon fry from their plastic cups into Ebright Creek April 26, during the annual celebration of the continuing restoration effort for the endangered species.

By Peter Clark
King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) and mayor Ava Frisinger release kokanee salmon fry from their plastic cups into Ebright Creek April 26, during the annual celebration of the continuing restoration effort for the endangered species.

Sammamish Mayor Tom Odell praised the citizens who have come together to help the native fish.

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