Seattle needs volunteer Salmon Watchers to count salmon returning to the city’s creeks and shorelines.
Salmon Watchers spend 15 minutes twice a week during the fall observing a stream or lake shore in the greater Lake Washington Watershed, counting the returning salmon. The data collected are used by agencies and groups working to help restore endangered salmon runs and improve habitat for all salmon.
You don’t need experience to become a Salmon Watcher, but you do need to attend a classroom training to learn about salmon identification. The nearest training class to Greenwood/Phinney is at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford, from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
For more information about the Salmon Watcher Program, contact Ecologist Jennifer Vanderhoof at 206-263-6533.