Call for Curators for 2017 Outdoor Art Exhibitions

art_piece_from_call_for_curator_2-15-17In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Associated Recreation Council, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) seeks a curator or curatorial team to manage various aspects of the ongoing environmental art exhibition in Carkeek Park known as Heaven & Earth. Emerging and established curators with exhibition experience, including outdoor temporary installations, are encouraged to apply. In recognition of the significant time commitment (estimated at 40 hours at $45/hr; see list below), CPAC will provide a curatorial honorarium of $1,800.

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Feed 35,000 salmon at Carkeek Park!

Watch for "Feeding Salmon Fry" sign.

JOIN US! Look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign across from the parking lot at the first crosswalk, 3 times a day, every day, February through April.

On Monday, January 30th, the Suquamish Tribe’s Fisheries truck brought 35,000 Chum salmon fry to the Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park. Fish are being fed 3 times a day, 7 days a week.

While the fish are here, they eventually become imprinted with the mineral and chemical memory or smell of the park’s Piper’s Creek Watershed. This process ensures that they have the best chance of returning to their new home waters in 3-5 years as spawning adults.

This batch of fish is just the 1st of 3 batches that will be delivered and then eventually released into Venema Creek by CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards. So beginning now, look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign across from the 1st lower parking lot as you come down into the park (see photo).

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2017 salmon imprinting season starts with 30,216 eyed salmon eggs!

Simple, profound, and full of wonder; photo by Matt Kuhar, January 5, 2016
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Carkeek Park now has 30, 216 salmon eggs at the Imprint Pond from the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for eventual release into the Piper’s Creek Watershed. But that’s not all!

Did you know that CWCAP raises 20-30,000 salmon eggs every Spring at Carkeek Park?  And there’s more: We also get 2 batches of 35,000 salmon fry (beginning at the end of January this year) and a third batch of Salmon in the Schools fish from local schools each year.

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Piper’s Orchard, a film…

Adam Wargacki works with other volunteers to care for Piper’s Orchard, now hidden away along a forest stream in Seattle’s Carkeek Park. Much of the fruit harvested there goes to food banks through City Fruit, but sometimes Adam and fellow orchardists make cider. “We go kind of slow,” he says, “but that’s how the work gets done. People coming together and doing what they enjoy, which is working with each other and working on these trees.”  Watch more stories at Truth About Trees.

And what a run it was!

This male Chum salmon returned to its home waters in Venema Creek. Salmon return to their home waters to spawn, needing 2 things: a mate and suitable habitat for spawning; Photo by Matt Kuhar, CWCAP Naturalist, Nov 12, 2016

The 2016 fall chum salmon run has come to end, and what a run it was!

Chum were first reported on October 27, about the same time as last year.  While this season may have ended a week or so early compared to last year, the numbers were close to last year’s numbers. 

Here is a summary of numbers for the last three years.

Did you see a fish this year at Carkeek Park?  Leave a comment and tell us what you saw!