The 3rd and final batch of Chum salmon fry will be released into Venema Creek on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM! This is our final release of the 2017 Imprint Season.
This final release is of fry from the Salmon in the Schools program. 29 Seattle public and private schools have delivered their fish, hatched from eggs and raised for 3 months, to the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond. CWCAP volunteers have been feeding and imprinting them 3 time a day, 7 days a week to prepare them for release.
You can vote to support a project to repair the Viewlands Trail at Carkeek Park.
The mudslides near the bottom have eroded the ground beneath the trail, making it dangerous to travel and likely to be washed away with the next heavy rain.
If you want to keep access to Carkeek Park from the Viewlands Elementary School area please support this project and encourage like-minded people to do so also. It is the only access from the SE corner of the park. It is also how the Viewlands students enter the park for environmental education classes.
Connecting kids to nature at Carkeek Park: This project will restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting carkeek to 35350.
Please help Carkeek Park by voting daily April 1st to April 30th. We need you! Text carkeek to 35350
We will be releasing our second batch of Chum salmon fry at about 6:45pm on Saturday, March 25th. We have 32,000+ fry that have been learning the chemical profile of Venema Creek (imprinting) so that in three to five years they will return in the fall to spawn here in Carkeek Park.
Two dozen volunteer salmon imprint stewards have been caring for the fry and greeting visitors to the imprint pond for the last three weeks.
Please come down to join us as we send our second batch of wards on their journey to Puget Sounds and up to Alaska.
Thank you Suquamish Tribe and the staff at Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for our fish stock, your expertise, and support!
You can also read about the release at http://www.carkeekwatershed.org/1st-salmon-release-of-2017/ and find links to more details about the salmon programs in Carkeek Park.
In 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.
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).