The Salmon have returned to Piper’s Creek

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 salmon are in Carkeek Park!  Come down to the park and check them out!

The first salmon this fall was spotted on Oct 19th by Rick Henry in Piper’s Creek. Look for increasing numbers of live salmon through November with fish still in the creek through the first week or two of December.

Remember, please stay on the trails and use the viewing areas to watch for salmon.  Keep all of your dogs leashed and out of the creeks and away from the creek banks.

Here are some of the activities you might want to know about:

Salmon Stewards
Each Saturday & Sunday in November (plus the Friday after Thanksgiving) and the 1st weekend in December, 11am—2pm
Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards are a community of local volunteers trained to welcome, engage, educate, and inspire park visitors drawn by the annual Piper’s Creek salmon run. Check out the Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards Facebook page.

Salmon Spawning Survey
Each Saturday in November until the end of the salmon run in December
CWCAP volunteers collect data about deceased salmon to determine their numbers and spawning success. This annual survey follows the story of these fish after they are released from the Les Malmgren Imprint Pond 3-5 years earlier.

Carkeek Park Salmon Celebration, Saturday, November 19th, 11am-2pm, hosted by SPU‘s Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards.  All ages are invited to come on down to Carkeek Park to view the salmon, join in some activities and enjoy a hot beverage and donuts. Volunteer Salmon Stewards will be on hand to show you where the fish are and a lot about their life cycle, habitat, and how well they are doing in this amazing Seattle urban creek. There will be music, a kid-friendly scavenger hunt, a fish dissection, and representatives from several organizations that care about the salmon in our park including – Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Tilth Alliance, Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, and Indigenous STEAM.