Salmon have been spotted in Kelsey Creek this week, and volunteers are wanted to monitor Bellevue streams for all salmon returning to spawn this fall.
Residents can train to be "salmon watchers" for King County Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE. Send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 425-452-5200 to register and get more information. Additional trainings will be in Renton, Woodinville and Seattle. Go to Salmon Watchers for more information.
Salmon, including a 20-inch sockeye and what appeared to be a chinook more than two feet long, were seen on the West Tributary of Kelsey Creek at Kelsey Creek Farm. Each fall salmon make their journey from the ocean back to local streams to spawn. The salmon were drawn in by recent rains, which increased their ability to smell their home stream, increased water flow and provided cooler water temperatures that they require.
Observations made by Salmon Watcher volunteers are important for salmon recovery efforts. The data tells staff how salmon are using Bellevue's streams, identifies possible fish passage barriers and helps target professional salmon recovery work.
No experience is necessary, but volunteers should register, attend one training session and observe a site for 15 minutes twice a week during the fall spawning season -- September through December.
Over the last few years, the city has made salmon migration easier by building fish ladders, improving culverts and restoring stream habitat.
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