BELLEVUE -- Fall is the time when salmon return from the ocean to spawn, and Bellevue’s Stream Team is seeking volunteers to watch for fish coming back to local waters.
There are more than 60 miles of streams in Bellevue. Volunteer salmon watchers attend one workshop, watch for salmon twice a week for 15 minutes, and then record their findings. No experience is necessary.
All residents can view the salmon if they want to. The best places to spot salmon in Bellevue include:
- Fish ladder at 118th Avenue Southeast, just south of Southeast 8th Street. Look for the blue Mercer Slough signs.
- Kelsey Creek Farm - West Tributary adjacent to main parking. Fish have been seen all along the stream, from the parking lot to the pioneer cabin.
- Kelsey Creek Farm - over the hill on the east side of the farm - stand on the footbridge to view or go to a stream viewing area, down the trail to the south.
The Stream Team's efforts contribute to the work of Salmon Watcher, an 11-year-old regional program that assists local salmon recovery efforts. Findings from the Salmon Watchers program can indicate how salmon are using local streams, identify possible fish passage barriers and help target salmon recovery projects.
Citizens are also welcome to attend a workshop simply to learn more about local salmon.
Volunteers may register by contacting the Stream Team and then attending a workshop. The Stream Team can give you information about workshops or you can consult the King County Salmon Watcher website.
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