2nd Salmon Fry Release of 2017 is at 6:45pm on Saturday, March 25th

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.

Call for Curators for 2017 Outdoor Art Exhibitions

Application deadline is March 19, 2017

art_piece_from_call_for_curator_2-15-17 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.

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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!

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Simple, profound, and full of wonder; photo by Matt Kuhar, January 5, 2016
Chum salmon egg, Matt's hand; Jan 5, 2017
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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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