More coho at Fauntleroy Creek as neighbors drum to welcome them

(WSB photos by Torin Record-Sand)
As neighbors drummed and sang tonight in the annual gathering to welcome Fauntleroy Creek‘s coho spawners, steward Judy Pickens (above) had an update: Five seen so far. Definitely within earshot of tonight’s welcoming party!

Last year, the coho were a no-show, but the year before, it was a record run. Some of tonight’s participants at the Fauntleroy Creek overlook across from the ferry dock made decorations in honor of the salmon’s return.

Jamie Shilling led the songs and chants once again:

This time of year is one of two key peak periods of attention for Fauntleroy Creek; the other is springtime, when hundreds of schoolchildren visit to release classroom-raised salmon fry. Meantime, with Judy’s help, we’ll continue updating this year’s coho watch; you are welcome to watch down by the creek (off SW Director just east of the overlook) when volunteer watchers are on duty in the days ahead.

P.S. Clean water is vital to the salmon’s health. Reducing runoff – which ends up in creeks and Puget Sound – is a big step you can take. It’s not too difficult; try these seven simple steps featured at

P.P.S. See this year’s first two arriving spawners here.

3 Replies to "More coho at Fauntleroy Creek as neighbors drum to welcome them"

  • Dennis Hinton October 27, 2014 (9:30 am)

    Wonderful celebration of life. Thanks, Judy.

  • kayo October 27, 2014 (7:39 pm)

    I spotted 4-5 spawning salmon by the whale bone bridge on Longfellow Creek today. A definite sign of fall and really good to see them swimming around.

    • WSB October 27, 2014 (7:58 pm)

      I have some more Longfellow sighting info and even a photo I hope to turn into a little story shortly…

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