Helpin’ Out at the Cedar River December 20142015-01-09T21:17:02+00:00

With much sadness in the air after J32 Rhapsody’s death, Whale Scouts got together on Saturday December 6th to do what we love, help whales by restoring habitat. We dedicated the day to J32 Rhapsody and as the day progressed each of us felt a little more hopeful. Putting our hands to the earth and physically improving the land that supports Chinook salmon, a favorite prey item for killer whales, was healing for many of us. In one day the entire group planted 100 trees, spread 15 cubic yards of mulch, and removed 10 cubic yards of invasive species. This work will help promote the growth of tall trees providing cool shade and clean filtered water for salmon eggs in the Cedar River. Salmon born from these healthy eggs will one day become orca food. Thanks to King County Parks and Friends of the Cedar River Watershed for hosting us!

Mighty Cedar River, home to Chinook salmon

Mighty Cedar River, home to Chinook salmon

Belmondo Reach was once home to a small coal mine

Belmondo Reach was once home to a small coal mine

Sara posing with her tree

Sara posing with her tree

 

Michelle making some whale food

Michelle making some whale food

Jill's second tree planted of the day!

Jill’s second tree planted of the day!

 

Charyn spreading mulch around a baby native tree

Charyn spreading mulch around a baby native tree

Dan sure got a great workout in planting trees by the dozen and delivering wheelbarrows full of mulch to other volunteers

Dan sure got a great workout in planting trees by the dozen and delivering wheelbarrows full of mulch to other volunteers

 

Snacks and Whale Scout treats to keep everyone energized!

Snacks and Whale Scout treats to keep everyone energized!

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Laurie removing invasive Himalayan Blackberries so that the new baby native trees don't get choked out before having time to establish

Laurie removing invasive Himalayan Blackberries so that the new baby native trees don’t get choked out before having time to establish

 

Hadley hauling the blackberries away

Hadley hauling the blackberries away

Director, Whitney and Whale Scout Michelle

Director, Whitney and Whale Scout Michelle

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Busy bodies having fun

 

Thanks to Michael Harris (Baby Wild Films) for coming out and putting together this video:

“No Fish, No Blackfish” / Cedar River Watershed Restoration 12/6/14 from Baby Wild Films on Vimeo.

 

Want to join in on the fun? Join us at our next event January 31st in Bothell, Wa with Friends of North Creek Forest! 

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