Wildlife – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:47:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 YOU CAN HELP! Give some time to West Seattle kids exploring urban nature http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/you-can-help-give-some-time-to-west-seattle-kids-exploring-urban-nature/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/you-can-help-give-some-time-to-west-seattle-kids-exploring-urban-nature/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:20:44 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911186 (Photo courtesy Seattle Audubon)

Lots of nature fans in WSB-land. If you’re among them, this volunteer opportunity from Seattle Audubon just might be something you would enjoy:

Help Sanislo and Lafayette students have FUN!

Finding Urban Nature (FUN) is Seattle Audubon’s free environmental education program in Seattle Public Elementary Schools. The program needs volunteers at Sanislo and Lafayette Elementary Schools for lessons in April and May.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the nature in their own schoolyard habitat, and examines how each organism depends on others to survive. Volunteers lead small groups of four to six students through a series of outdoor investigations, which teach kids to use their senses and scientific practices to discover the importance of urban biodiversity firsthand.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks to lead 4-6 students through each lesson, with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is necessary. Training is provided and a background check is required.

FUN trainings are held at the end of March and in early April. Contact Wendy at FUNvolunteer@seattleaudubon.org or call 206-523-8243 ext. 110 if interested.

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ALSO OFF WEST SEATTLE: Orcas, headed southbound http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/also-off-west-seattle-orcas-headed-southbound/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/also-off-west-seattle-orcas-headed-southbound/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:14:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910763 1:14 PM: More sightings at sea – this time, whales! Thanks to Kersti Muul for letting us know that orcas are on the west side of the Sound, passing Blake Island, headed southbound. So if you go look – bring good binoculars.

1:40 PM: In a comment below, Jen says it appears they’re turning west, toward Southworth.

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THE WHALE TRAIL: Time for action to save orcas and what they need http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-whale-trail-time-for-action-to-save-orcas-and-what-they-need/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-whale-trail-time-for-action-to-save-orcas-and-what-they-need/#comments Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:13:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909100

(Orcas seen with West Seattle in background, 2009 photo by Terry Wittman)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“Our theme for this year is matching our learning with action,” says The Whale Trail‘s executive director Donna Sandstrom.

She made that declaration toward the start of her West Seattle-based, but far-ranging, organization’s latest event, an educational/social/inspirational gathering at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) a month and a half ago. The featured topic was the salmon on which Southern Resident Killer Whales – our region’s endangered resident orcas – depend. How to help ensure their survival, and that of the SRKWs, was the focus of guest Jeanette Dorner, executive director of the Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, speaking to TWT for the third time. Dorner said she has been working for 20 years to restore salmon in Puget Sound, starting with a salmon stream along her parents’ property in Pierce County.

The orcas eat salmon that come from all over the region, so “what we can do … there’s a seed of hope in that,” Sandstrom said. “It may take decades to take down a dam,” but there’s other action that can be done right now. She shared views of whales and salmon – which have “been in the news a lot lately.” Mainstream media coverage can leave people a bit confused and without context about the biggest issues facing salmon here, she warned. “Many people are not aware that we have a federal recovery plan for Puget Sound salmon,” Dorner noted. “We have a road map in the salmon recovery plan … there’s a chapter for every watershed.” She said the plan wasn’t written by “a bunch of NOAA scientists in a back room,” it was written with assistance of communities. The Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan has a 10-year update, in fact.

Her main focus: Habitat. That’s what affects salmon the most, she said.

“Even if we stopped fishing tomorrow, the salmon are not going to survive if we don’t fix the habitat,” she said. She showed then-and-now views of areas such as the Duwamish River estuary – “we’ve made some massive changes …. that have affected the fish.” But it’s not “a lost cause,” Dorner insisted.

Most of the habitat work is for the eggs and juvenile salmon, or areas where fish are migrating back to Puget Sound. “Healthy salmon need habitat,” her slide deck noted – “cool, clean water; mature trees, native plants along the banks; large wood in the stream; deep pools; sorted clean gravel; side channels, wetlands.” The nearshore habitat – which we’ve talked about here before – is vital too, providing somewhere for the little salmon to hang out until they’re bigger and stronger.

“When we live along the shoreline, people want to protect their property, or have docks,” and that changes the shorelines and makes it harder for the fish to hang out – no shallow area if there’s no natural beach, and also less food for the salmon who in turn are food for the orcas, if forage fish’s habitat is altered.

Dorner explained that the MSFEG includes the Green Duwamish watershed and Cedar/Sammamish watershed in King County, plus Puget Sound shoreline and small streams in east Kitsap County. It’s one of 14 areas around the state. She showed work they’ve been involved with, like removing invasive blackberries along the Sammamish River to get ready for future tree-planting. Without trees, the water in the river becomes too warm, and that’s not good for salmon. Along the Green River in Auburn, they have been working with youth to plant trees. She also included photos from a “longer-term project” here in West Seattle, along Longfellow Creek, which runs in a certain spot between houses and a road, and floods “just about every year.” So they have worked on a plan to “turn it into an amenity instead of a problem,” with multiple agencies involved, and that will lead to “re-envisioning” how the road and the creek work in that area, including green-stormwater infrastructure – the project is being designed right now, she said.

And she showed an area in Bremerton where marine-shoreline restoration is under way, with help from Kitsap County, on a privately owned site.

Her agency also does public education, teaching kids about the salmon’s lifecycle by creating bracelets.

And their community involvement includes an upcoming east King County celebration of the Hindu-rooted festival of colors Holi – the painting that is traditionally part of Holi will include salmon-painting this year.

Back to saving the salmon’s habitat – here’s how you can help:

*Volunteer to plant trees, remove invasives, staff an outreach booth
*Donate to help accelerate efforts to help salmon and orcas
*Advocate to tell elected officials that more funding for salmon projects is important – “elected officials need to hear more from people like you.”

Currently only about “20 percent at the most” of the needed projects is funded, she said – and legislators are so worried about other things “that salmon is really low on their radar screen. But if we don’t significantly increase the funding for these kinds of projects, we’re not going to get there.”


What’s the downside of increasing hatchery fish? Dorner said they can compete for food with wild salmon depending on where and when they are released. She said she wanted to be clear that “hatcheries are NOT an evil that needs to be stopped,” but “you have to be smart about it.” Hatchery fish also go astray and may breed with wild fish, leading to a lower chance of survival. But hatchery managers are “doing a ton” to try to help with the recovery, she said in response to another question.

Where is the help most needed? Dorner said the Salmon Recovery Plan identifies geographic priorities, so that’s where their volunteer events focus.

Is salmon production depressed all around the Sound, or are there any bright spots? Dorner said there are many types of salmon listed as endangered species all around the region. Some are doing better than others – the Hood Canal summer chum, for example, have been helped enough that they might be a candidate for delisting, “but unfortunately that’s not the case for many” of the other endangered types.”

What can people do to talk to their neighbors and help with public awareness? Dorner said one part of that question is “how do we get people to care, if people don’t love this place for the natural environment?” But “many of the things that salmon need (are things) that make this a healthier community, a nice place – for example, something everybody can do is think about their impact on the stormwater,” which is important for orcas and salmon. Polluted stormwater can kill fish, bioaccumulate in orcas – sign up for RainWise and get a raingarden or a cistern for your house. (Depending on where you live, you might be eligible for subsidies.) Also, plant more trees to absorb the water – and people who own shoreline habitat are the most critical to get involved. People are not required to restore habitat – it’s voluntary, she said, “and if people say ‘no, I like things the way they are now,'” they can’t be forced. And there are resources out there – all they need is have people speak up and say they’re interested in finding out what can be done. “We need people to invite us.” And they can help get grants to cover the cost.

One attendee said that not everyone even realizes there are salmon in Seattle – take your neighbors, friends, whomever, to go see them. “If they don’t know that they’re here, how are they going to care about them?” Dorner agreed and mentioned the King County program Salmon SEEson.

She showed the annual report and a map that goes with it. Overall, she said, “there’s a lot going on right now that could make you pessimistic – but when you go out to a stream, and there are people ripping out blackberries, you can (think) ‘I made a difference today’.”

Involvement with The Whale Trail can be an ongoing way to make a difference, too, Sandstrom said. “To recover these whales, we need a shared and clear vision of recovery.”


The Whale Trail’s events now will segue into planning action for the whales. She said for one, people shouldn’t be saying that the whales are beyond recovery – the population has been even lower before, as low as 71. She wants to form working groups around the three issues:


And she hopes to create education kits around those issues. “One of our biggest challenges is changing the stories being told about these whales.” You’ve heard a lot about tearing down the Snake River dams. But legislators also need to hear “that Jeanette’s projects need funding,” or that vessel-based whale-watching could be limited.

“We don’t have any time to wait for these whales,” and they are hoping to spread the message to other areas – of the city, and beyond.

If you can help – contact Donna. In all, she hopes people will move from feeling overwhelmed and cynical, to “feeling engaged and powered.” She feels many people are waiting for that opportunity, all along The Whale Trail. “It’s the power of the pod.”

One attendee suggested – volunteer for EarthCorps work parties, which are happening this year, and wear a Whale Trail T-shirt, and start talking with people.

Another attendee said that if she could be a part of rescuing Southern Residents, she “would be so proud.”

Sandstrom said she also believes that it’s important to tell the truth about what’s going on – “are we willing to let some people not make as much money as they can, so the orcas have a chance to (find the salmon).” She declared that it’s time to “take risks” to do what needs to be done to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Her organization is 10 years old and ready to step up even further, with volunteers’ help.

P.S. This whale story was shown:

To get involved, contact The Whale Trail via thewhaletrail.org

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If you see an injured raccoon on Genesee Hill … http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/if-you-see-an-injured-raccoon-on-genesee-hill/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/if-you-see-an-injured-raccoon-on-genesee-hill/#comments Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:29:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909955 Mike e-mailed to say he’s called it in, and he advises that people and pets keep their distance. He saw the raccoon, appearing “severely injured” as he described it, on SW Dakota between 47th and 49th SW. Here’s what the Seattle Animal Shelter (aka “animal control”) says about injured/ill wildlife. Other animal-involved situations? Info here.

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WEST SEATTLE WHALE WATCHING: Orcas visible from our shore http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-visible-from-our-shore/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-visible-from-our-shore/#comments Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:12:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909538 1:12 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul and Alisa Lemire Brooks for updates on two groups of orcas that have been in the Central Sound so far today (including one group that veered westward into Kitsap County waters). Kersti just texted to say that she “has eyes on” one group right now, northbound between Blake Island and Bainbridge Island, visible from Alki Point and vicinity, but on the west side of the Sound, so you’ll need good binoculars. She says a “large male” is in the lead.

3:03 PM: Kersti says the whales “have disappeared” from view.

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WEST SEATTLE WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas not far away http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-not-far-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-not-far-away/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:53:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909074 2:53 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul, who pointed out via text that an Orca Network commenter reported orcas off Fay Bainbridge Park on north Bainbridge Island [map] about an hour ago – if they continued southbound, they could end up off West Seattle. Kersti is watching from Constellation Park south of Alki Point and “not seeing anything yet,” but we thought we’d share the potential heads-up. (And whether or not you get to do any whale-watching today, remember The Whale Trail has an event tonight!)

5:21 PM: Now alongside north Vashon, per comments, as dusk approaches.

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SAVE THE SALMON, SAVE THE ORCAS: Whale Trail event Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/save-the-salmon-save-the-orcas-whale-trail-event-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/save-the-salmon-save-the-orcas-whale-trail-event-thursday/#comments Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:48:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908655

You know the Southern Resident Killer Whales are in trouble. Part of the problem: Their main source of food is in trouble too. But how much do you really know about where things stand, and how to – if you can – help? This Thursday, The Whale Trail invites you to an event that’s certain to educate and inspire you. The announcement:

Saving Salmon in Puget Sound
Presentation by Jeanette Dorner
Thursday, February 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
$5 suggested donation; kids free!
Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com

Puget Sound is an important producer of salmon for our endangered southern resident orcas (J, K and L pods). Fourteen Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups work with landowners and community partners around the state to identify and implement salmon habitat restoration projects. Join us to learn more about their ongoing work, especially in our own Seattle backyard.

Jeannette Dorner, Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, will bring us up to date on salmon recovery efforts in this critical part of the orcas’ range.

The Mid Sound area includes the Green – Duwamish watershed, the Cedar/Sammamish/Lake Washington watershed, the watersheds of Eastern Kitsap County which drain into Central Puget Sound, and all the Puget Sound shorelines in the Central Puget Sound area in King County and Kitsap County.

With the survival of the southern residents at stake, it’s even more important to support and invest in local salmon recovery efforts .

This is the first Orca Talk of 2018, presented by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event will also feature updates from Seal Sitters.

Following the presentation, join us for a discussion about the southern resident orcas. Get up to speed about current issues and initiatives, and learn what you can do to help. With just 76 individuals in the population, it’s all hands on deck for the whales!

About the Speaker

Jeanette Dorner has a long history working to recover salmon in Puget Sound. She worked for 11 years as the Salmon Recovery Program Manager with the Nisqually Tribe, coordinating the protection and restoration of salmon habitat in the Nisqually watershed. She played a lead role in helping facilitate with partners major salmon restoration projects including the 900 acre restoration of the Nisqually Estuary. She then worked as the Director of Ecosystem and Salmon Recovery at the Puget Sound Partnership, supporting the work of hundreds of partners around Puget Sound to protect, restore and clean up their rivers, streams and Puget Sound shorelines. In 2017, Jeanette became the Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fishery Enhancement Group.

Jeanette is also the mother to two wonderful kids. Part of her passion to recover salmon habitat and to preserve and protect this beautiful place we call home is to try to pass on to her children a home where they can continue to enjoy the natural wonders of this place with their families – going to watch orcas swimming through Puget Sound, visiting salmon spawning in our local streams, and hiking in the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Our overarching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas recover from the threat of extinction.

Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 30 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the west coast, from California to British Columbia, throughout the southern resident orcas’ range and beyond.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. Our BC planning team is led by the BC Cetacean Sighting Network.

Many members of the Whale Trail teams met when they worked together to return Springer, the orphaned orca, to her pod. Executive Director Donna Sandstrom was inspired by the project’s collaborative success to found The Whale Trail in 2008.

The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

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WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Seal Sitters update, plus bonus underwater video from “Diver Laura” http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-wildlife-seal-sitters-update-and-bonus-underwater-video/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-wildlife-seal-sitters-update-and-bonus-underwater-video/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:45:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908234 (Uno the harbor seal, photographed last week by David Hutchinson)

Have you seen a seal lately? Many have, and Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network is busy. Here’s an update from volunteer David Hutchinson:

While Seal Sitters’ “Blubberblog” site has not been updated recently, due to ongoing technical difficulties, our volunteers have been on duty responding to vulnerable young harbor seals hauled out on West Seattle beaches. Our normal busy season (September – November) was slower than usual but 2018 has started off with a flurry of calls to our Hotline (206-905-7325).

One seal, “Uno,” has accounted for the majority of responses this year. After first coming ashore on January 4th near Colman Pool, Uno has decided that the shoreline of Elliott Bay is her preferred location (you can tell it’s the same harbor seal by comparing the spots on the faces). She has become a familiar sight to passersby who frequently ask our volunteers how Uno is doing that day. Monday, volunteers were stretched thin when two additional young seals came ashore at separate locations in West Seattle.

Responses to these live seals is a positive experience compared to the one-week period in January when we had to deal with three near the north end of Lincoln Park that weren’t as fortunate. One was reported as deceased on the raft at that location, and another dead animal was recovered from Lowman Beach. The third arrived onshore with respiratory distress. After being examined by a NOAA consulting vet, that seal was transported to PAWS, where it later died. All three animals will be necropsied by WDFW.

We have received a number of inquiries about becoming a volunteer. These people will be receiving an email notice when a final date is set. As of now, Seal Sitters plans on holding its next training session in the late spring. Look for an announcement at sealsitters.org.

P.S. Bonus underwater seal video! This is from “Diver Laura” James – not Uno, she says, but another harbor seal, and a very curious one at that:

That’s some of her 360-degree-video equipment; she promises to share its video soon.

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West Seattle weekend scene: SR3 volunteer training http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-weekend-scene-sr3-volunteer-training/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 03:23:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907943

We’ve reported before on SR3Sealife Response, Rehabilitation & Research — the organization working toward the Pacific Northwest’s first marine-wildlife hospital/rehab/science center. Today, Leslie Dierauf tells us, SR3 was at Alki UCC to train about 20 volunteers.

Leslie also sent the photos; she’s a member of the SR3 board. Want to get involved with SR3? Here’s how.

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FROM SEAL SITTERS: Watch for ‘weaners’ and other beach visitors http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/from-seal-sitters-watch-for-weaners-and-other-beach-visitors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/from-seal-sitters-watch-for-weaners-and-other-beach-visitors/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:25:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906781 (Uno on Friday, photographed with a long lens by David Hutchinson)

See a seal on shore? Alert Seal Sitters! Here’s their newest update:

“Uno,” Seal Sitters’ first harbor seal response of 2018, has recently moved his favorite haulout spot from Lincoln Park to Elliott Bay. If anyone happens to see him or any other marine mammal on one of our West Seattle beaches, please contact the Seal Sitters’ Hotline at 206-905-SEAL (7325). We are having a bit of a flurry of weaned seals, anywhere from 4-6 months old, along West Seattle’s shoreline and it’s imperative they be given the space to rest and warm up. Sadly, the “weaner” Seal Sitters rescued from Lincoln Park on Thursday died overnight at the rehab facility and has been taken for necropsy.

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UPDATE: Orcas in Elliott Bay off West Seattle – photos added! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-reported-nearby/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-reported-nearby/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:41:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906217 (Added: Photo by David Hutchinson – orcas passing cormorants @ Duwamish Head light)

12:41 PM: Thanks for the tip – a couple of Orca Network commenters are reported orcas seen off West Point, across Elliott Bay, described as “drifting southward” as of about 20 minutes ago. So this is early heads-up that they *might* be visible here before long. We’ll be heading out with our binoculars to look.

(Added: Photo by Susan Numbers)

1:31 PM: We looked too soon. Just got a call from Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales that they turned into Elliott Bay and at least half a dozen have just passed Seacrest and are “headed [northeast] toward the Space Needle.”

2 PM They have changed direction and are headed back west toward the mouth of the bay. We have also heard from Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail, who is watching from Luna/Anchor Park, while Jeff is with a group at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.

(Added: Photo by Dan Ciske)

3:36 PM: They turned north within the past hour, Dan on Alki tells us. We ourselves caught one glimpse as they headed back out of the bay – and then lost sight.

4:00 PM: Photos added – thanks to everyone who sent them! These were transient orcas, not residents, were told – one major difference is diet; transients eat mammals, too, which means the sea lions we saw in the vicinity were being extra brave and/or foolhardy!

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WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: ‘How a Bad Bird Saved a Good Place’ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-wildlife-how-a-bad-bird-saved-a-good-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-wildlife-how-a-bad-bird-saved-a-good-place/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:12:36 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905767

You might recognize that owl – Wollet the barred owl, born in Lincoln Park, photographed in 2009 by Trileigh Tucker. A few years later, in 2012, concern over Lincoln Park wildlife like Wollet factored into the community challenge to Seattle Parks‘ attempt to allow a commercial “adventure attraction” to take a chunk of the park without significant public discussion. Now, Trileigh tells the – complicated! – story, in an essay just published in Cold Mountain Review, “Love in the Time of Extinction: How a Bad Bird Saved a Good Place.” In case you’re looking for Sunday reading, we’re sharing the link – find it here.

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SALMON IN THE SCHOOLS: Egg-delivery day at Highland Park Elementary and elsewhere http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/salmon-in-the-schools-egg-delivery-day-at-highland-park-elementary-and-elsewhere/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/salmon-in-the-schools-egg-delivery-day-at-highland-park-elementary-and-elsewhere/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:57:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905526

An exciting day for 16 West Seattle schools – delivery of 2,400 eyed coho eggs for the Salmon in Schools program. We were at Highland Park Elementary, one of the newest participants, as longtime volunteers Judy Pickens (above center) and Phil Sweetland (below right) made the delivery and explained how things work.

At HPES, 4th grade teacher Danielle Meier (above left) is overseeing the program this year. Participants at other schools range from preschool to high school (Chief Sealth International is another new participant). But this isn’t just a West Seattle program – Judy and Phil are on the steering committee for all of Seattle, with 73 public and private schools having obtained state Department of Fish and Wildlife permits to raise and release fish. Today, volunteer Shannon Ninburg helped them make the rounds of local deliveries.

The students and teachers will observe the salmon growing until May, when the fry will be released there – 1,800 fry by 744 visiting students last year. The eggs are from Soos Creek Hatchery in Auburn and are not to be taken for granted, as we were reminded in 2016.

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WEST SEATTLE WHALE WATCHING: Orcas north of Blake Island http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-north-of-blake-island/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-north-of-blake-island/#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:29:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905467 11:29 AM: If you grab binoculars and head for Constellation Park [map], you just might find Kersti Muul and Jeff Hogan there watching orcas. Kersti has texted us that whales are visible off the north tip of Blake Island, currently “milling,” though they had been observed northbound earlier.

11:47 AM: Jeff confirms that they’re visible from here, between Blake and Bainbridge islands currently.

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WEST SEATTLE WHALE WATCHING: Northbound orcas nearby http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-whale-watching-northbound-orcas-nearby/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-whale-watching-northbound-orcas-nearby/#comments Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:25:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905104 10:25 AM: Thanks to Alisa and Kersti for the tip – if you look westward across the Sound, you might see orcas. Orca Network had a report of northbound whales headed toward Blake Island, along the west side of Vashon, as of an hour ago. We are at Constellation Park but without binocs. Let us know if you see orcas!

11:15 AM: Update – they were most recently seen passing Restoration Point on Bainbridge Island [map], which means they might be in view looking north from the west end of Alki.

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