On January 28th Whale Scout teamed up with Green Redmond to tackle invasive plants at Idylwood Park. Idylwood Creek was home to Chinook salmon in the past however more recently Kokanee have been the focus of salmon watchers. Laurie Gogic, Whale Scout volunteer and Forest Steward with Green Redmond, led the event. Her passion and dedication to salmon and whales is amazing! She helped teach us all that saving the whales begins right beneath our feet.
NOAA scientist Dawn Noren talks about studying contaminants transferred from killer whales to their calves. This work on captive animals can help understand the physiology of Southern Resident killer whales and some of the challenges they face as an endangered distinct population segment. Photo Credit: SeaWorld San Diego
Help create more salmon for orcas starting close to home at Idylwood Creek. We'll be having fun with our friends mulching recently planted trees and removing invasive plants to support the native trees. Idylwood Creek historically had many salmon howver in recent years only a handful have returned according to salmon watchers, however kokanee are improving. Improved vegetation will provide valuable shade and cool, clean water for salmon in the creek!