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Maintenance and Planting at Peabody Creek Tuesday, June 13th

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Join us on Tuesday, June 13th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Peabody Creek Urban Park in Port Angeles as we pull invasive English ivy and herb robert as well as plant salmonberry and do some streamside cleanup. If you were there with us this past winter, this is your chance to check on your trees and see what’s working well and what needs help!

Please bring warm and waterproof clothes and boots, shovels and gloves if you have them (some will be provided), and a lunch. Warm drinks, snacks and limited tools and rain gear will be provided.
To RSVP and receive more details, click here.

 

Call us at 360.379.8051 with questions.

Upcoming Event: Native Trees and Cider

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On Saturday, June 3rd, join the Salmon Coalition at our native plant nursery at Finnriver Farm (their tasting room location) for a morning of learning plant ID, maintenance in the nursery, and fun in the sun followed by an afternoon at the Finnriver cider garden!

From 10 am – 12 pm, we’ll be down at the nursery where we’ll be talking about native tree and shrub identification and getting some work done (placing pallets, weeding potted plants and organizing plants by species). Then at noon, we’ll saunter up to the cider garden for some summertime fun! Salmon Coalition attendees will receive happy hour pours and a 20% bottle discount. Bring a sack lunch, grab a drink of your choice and mingle with fellow habitat enthusiasts! Brats and pizza will also be available for purchase at the tasting room.

Don’t think you can make the nursery event but still want to come mingle at the cider garden? No problem! We’d love to see you there.

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Directions:

From Port Townsend, follow Rt 19 South and take a right on Center Rd when you get into Chimacum. Then take your next right through the gate into Finnriver Farm and Cidery. We’ll be gathering on the lawn area, as you walk in.

What to bring:

Water bottle, sack lunch, work gloves (some will be provided), boots and clothing choices suitable for being outside. If you’ve got one, you can also bring a PNW native plant ID book!

 

Contact Olivia at outreach@nosc.org or call our office at (360) 379-8051 for more information.

 

Planting the Dungeness on a Sunny Sunday Afternoon

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This past Sunday, a small group of Salmon Coalition volunteers – including two dedicated youngsters – planted a variety of potted stock from our native plant nursery at an active restoration site owned by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. The site, which has already received one major installment of plantings earlier in the season, is located along the Dungeness River. Only two years ago, the area contained just a side channel of the mighty river which flowed through residential backyards and was small enough to be jumped across. However after a single storm event, the river diverted the majority of its flow to this area and began actively eating up the streambank creating hazards for homes. After relocating the streamside inhabitants and removing houses and infrastructure, the Jamestown Tribe is working on restoring this area back to its historic state of floodplain zone in an attempt to provide the river an area in which to meander and diffuse its energy.

Salmon Coalition Brings Students to the Bugs and the Bugs to the Students

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This past week the Salmon Coalition led local students in two different macro invertebrate lessons. The first took Blue Heron 8th graders out to Snow Creek at two different sites to collect bugs, identify species, and make conclusions about the water quality based on what species they found. Students monitored both an upper stream and lower esturine site and made comparisons.

For the second curriculum, Salmon Coalition staff collected bugs (or “macros”) in containers and brought them in to the Chimacum 6th grade science class to look at under microscopes. Both schools compared the findings of these biological water health indicators to the results of chemical and physical water quality testing that they did with their teachers. Students learned about the different types of water monitoring and how this relates to broader environmental issues such as stream complexity, forest health and climate change.

May 21st Volunteer Planting is Your Last Chance of the Season!

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Join us on Sunday, May 21st to plant native trees and shrubs at one of the Jameston S’Klallam Tribe’s ongoing restoration sites along the Dungeness River as our last planting of the season, followed up with an afternoon picnic on the river! This restoration project is part of an ongoing effort to increase historic floodplain habitat at this site as the river has recently rerouted itself toward a historic channel here and has been eating away at the bank that once held three homes.

We’ll be planting from 10 am – 12 pm and picnicing from 12 pm – 1pm. Come check out this complex riverine area at this family friendly event!

Click here for more information and to RSVP. Location and parking details will be e-mailed when you RSVP.

Hope to see you there!

Fin the Salmon Swims to Grant Street Elementary!

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This Monday, Fin – our 2 ton female chum salmon – swam over to Grant Street Elementary so that the kindergarten class could see her in action. Kids toured the inside of Fin, played salmon life cycle games and ran an obstacle course designed to mimic the trials migrating salmon face each year. This program brought another aspect of learning about salmon into the lives of these students who had been raising coho in their classroom for the past several weeks and just went out to release them last week.

Real Learning Real Work

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Thanks to one of our committed volunteers, Tod Spedding, we now have a video that tells the story of our Real Learning Real Work 7th grade education program and why we think this program helps get students more invested in their work than the more traditional tree planting field trip.

Check out a link to the video here. And let us know what you think!

The Secret Life of Rivers

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This short video depicts the intricate web of microbes responsible for cleansing our waterways and just how vital these little warriors beneath the riffles are.

 

 

 

 

If video does not work, click here to view on a separate webpage.

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