Hello everyone! Splash is just a few short weeks away and it is going to be a great event! So be sure to get your tickets soon, and we hope to see you all there for great food and good company!
Be sure to check out our Summer 2011 Newsletter for all of the latest on what’s happening here at the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group! Also, SPSSEG was recently featured in a Department of Natural Resources Blog that highlighted the partnership between DNR, Department of Ecology, Squaxin Tribe and SPSSEG, all working together to restore Puget Sound. Click here to read more!
Please join us at the 4th Annual Kennedy Creek Salmon Splash! There will be live music, and great food, so you won’t want to miss out! $35.00/person ticket, or 4 tickets for $120, includes appetizers, shellfish, beverages, and dessert. All Splash proceeds directly support the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail Education Program, and every $35 raised at Splash will support 10 student visitors! Parking will be at the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail Lot.
If you plan to pay with a check, please make checks payable to:
6700 Martin Way East, Suite 112
Olympia, WA 98516
Please RSVP to SPSSEG by August 18, 2011.
See 2011 KC Salmon Splash flyer here for more details. We hope to see you all there!
On Tuesday, May 17th, our Executive Director Lance Winecka and Project Manager Kristin Williamson will be teaming up with the South Sound Estuary Association to give a lecture about “On-the-Ground Salmon Habitat Restoration: From the Headwaters to Puget Sound”. Its from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the WET Science Center in Downtown Olympia. Lance and Kristin will be talking about several on-the-ground restoration projects including examples from upland rivers and streams, down to the marine shoreline. See flyer below for more details. We hope to see you there!
As we move closer to summer, SPSSEG is working hard to implement education and outreach for our organization. We will be participating in numerous environmental events around the Puget Sound here in the next couple of months.
The first event coming up is Forest Festival Field Day on Thursday, April 28th. This event is for Mason County 5th graders to come and learn about the forest ecosystem and how it applies to their everyday lives. SPSSEG will be speaking about the connections between salmon and the forest.
The next event we will be participating in is the Tacoma-Pierce County Children’s Water Festival on Friday, April 29th. Over 750 fifth-grade students from throughout Pierce County will be attending the 2011 Festival. Each classroom group will attend six different 25-minute sessions, including interactive classroom activities, outdoor games, larger “game show” style presentations, and an “Expo Hall” filled with all kinds of water related displays and activities. SPSSEG will have a display in the “Expo Hall” that explains how keeping our watersheds clean is beneficial to our salmon runs.
Earth Day is an event put on by Mason County Conservation District and SPSSEG will be attending this event to talk about our organization. This event will have many different aspects including hands-on family friendly activities related to natural resources; on site workshops; restoration opportunities; information from local resource agencies and volunteer groups; and Puget Sound Starts Here posters, stickers, and information on how you can help Puget Sound.
On Tuesday, May 17th, our Executive Director Lance Winecka and Project Manager Kristin Williamson will be teaming up with the South Sound Estuary Association to give a lecture about “On-the-Ground Salmon Habitat Restoration: From the Headwaters to Puget Sound”. Its from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the WET Science Center in Downtown Olympia. Lance and Kristin will be talking about several on-the-ground restoration projects including examples from upland rivers and streams down to the marine shoreline.
Lastly, SPSSEG will be participating in Mason County’s “Kids With Conservation Knowledge” (KWCK) event on May 27th, and May 28th. This event will be kind of like a field day for kids to come and play outside and learn how to be more conscientious of their impacts on the natural environment, and what they can do to help.
SPSSEG is proud to be participating in these upcoming educational events and we hope to do more in the future. Check back at the end of the month for pictures and information on how these events turned out!
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Kennedy Creek Work Party/Chum Emergence Viewing! I had so much fun working with you all, and it was interesting to see the little tiny chum fry as they swam around in the creek. It was amazing how much work we got done in such a short time! The trail looks absolutely wonderful and the new viewing platform is finally finished! Don’t forget to come visit the trail during the months of October and November to see the salmon spawn and see all the changes to the forest surrounding the trail and the creek. Thanks again, we couldn’t have done it without all of our volunteers!
The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group participated in this years Green Congress event held at the Evergreen State College. This event has local school children, selected by their teachers, presenting and attending workshops on environmental subjects and themes. To hear more and see pictures, click on the Education and Outreach page, and then the Community Events and Festivals tab.
Come revisit the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail! On Saturday, March 26th, we will be having a work party/chum emergence viewing out at the Trail. We will be working on general trail maintenance such as, spreading gravel and hog fuel on the muddy parts of the trail, as well as adding a few more railings and finishing up the new viewing platform that was added last season. This event will hopefully coincide with the emergence of the chum fry and we will be making time to inspect the creek and make some observations. Please see flyer below for more details and directions to the trail. We hope to see you there!
We have rescheduled the planting at Clover Creek, which was supposed to happen last Saturday, due to severe weather conditions. It is now scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 5th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please see flyer below for more details. We hope to see you there!
Volunteer opportunity next Saturday, February 26th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Clover Creek in Parkland. In 2009, volunteers planted 475 trees and shrubs along Clover Creek to help replenish the native riparian area. Adjacent to Clover Creek is a remnant of the South Sound prairie ecosystem. Building off the success of the prior project, this planting is part of an effort to restore some of the native prairie and will utilize bulbs, forbs, and other ground cover similar to what might have been on site prior to disturbance. We hope to see you there!