Blog: Why Does Whale Scout Director Want to Name a Park after a Fish? The Answer is Probably Not What You Think.Whale Scout volunteers teach that protecting whales starts before waters reach the ocean near our homes and backyards. Director Whitney Neugebauer's backyard happens to be in Bothell where the city recently purchased an 89- acre golf course turning the land into a public park with nearly a mile of Sammamish River shoreline. Home to Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, there is an obvious connection between the park and orcas - but a city park is more than just about the wildlife, its about people, too.
Tribes, Whale Scout work together to restore Elwha River estuary for salmon, orcas following dam removalWhale conservation group Whale Scout and students from the Port Gamble S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribes attending the Northwest Indian College last Saturday planted 800 beach plants on the east side of the mouth of the Elwha River.
FULL! Come plant at the mouth of the Elwha River on the newly created beach! Since the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, enormous amounts of sediment released downstream to build the beach along this important estuary. The sediment gives eelgrass a surface to grow and also provides shelter for juvenile salmon to adjust and grow before entering the open ocean. The natural sediments on the beach are also where forage fish lay their eggs. An entire ecosystem that feeds endangered killer whales thrives in this newly created place! We'll be planting herbaceous beach plants, spreading seeds and pulling invasive species to help the natural restoration!
Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group will be joining us on this and future podcasts to help everyone learn more about salmon.