25th Annual Meeting!
Put it on your calendars folks; our 25th Annual Meeting rapidly approaches! Join us at the Lacey Community Center on February 9 at 5:30 to celebrate a quarter century of restoration. There will be membership updates, project showcases, appetizers and oyster bar and more!
Thanks to willing landowners interested in helping to return the shoreline to it’s natural condition, SPSSEG, with the help of Quigg Bros Construction, removed 700 tons of concrete, rip-rap and other miscellaneous debris from the east lob of Little Fish Trap spit and removed 240 linear feet of eco-block bulkhead. Removing the debris will allow natural beach processes to reshape the spit to its historic alignment. It will be very interesting to watch how the spit reshapes over the next decade. This project restores available habitat for forage fish spawning, hopefully creating more prey for salmon and Orca!
This project was funded in part by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board throught by the WRIA 13 Lead Entity Committee. Many thanks to all who support salmon recovery in South Puget Sound.
Join us at the Lacey Community Center for our Annual Members Meeting on February 8, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group will be serving up tasty appetizers and Taylor Shellfish will be providing their famous oyster bar!
Local bluegrass band, Straw Hat will join us from 5:30-6:30 while you enjoy a delicious craft beer or glass of wine and nibble on honeyed brie, smoked salmon and Talyor clams.
Renowned research biologist, John Calambokidis will be presenting his latest research findings on marine life in the Salish Sea starting at 7:00.
This is a free event, but if you’re not a member already, we hope to welcome you into the SPSSEG family with a $30 annual membership!
Vast areas of tidal wetland have faced extreme alteration in Puget Sound, especially at the head of estuaries. Intertidal forested marsh habitats have been impacted by historic logging practices, development and invasive plant species. These impacts disrupt food-web interactions, reduced stream shading and removed large wood from estuaries.
McLane Creek supports a variety of wildlife and several salmon runs including cutthroat, steelhead, coho, fall Chinook, and chum. The drainage is made up of four major tributaries: Swift, Perkins, East Fork McLane and Beatty creeks which have approximately 18.5 miles of fish habitat. The project is focused on the lower half mile of the creek.
The Lower McLane Creek restoration project enhances habitat in the lower reach of the stream, providing foraging areas for juvenile fish that leave the basin and resting places for adult migrating into McLane Creek and its tributaries. Large wood structures have been placed in three locations in the lower portion of the system. The structures provide increased hydraulic complexity, potential for wood accumulation and pool formation. The structures also increase refuge for juvenile salmon to avoid predation.
Although construction is complete, the project will continue though 2017 with subsequent phases and monitoring efforts. SPSSEG will host volunteer events this fall to install 1,211 riparian plants to increase stream-side shading, 8,400 willow stakes to treat reed canary grass in the floodplain and treat 900 square feet of knotweed. Plants are being purchased with a grant from Thurston Conservation District.
Olympia Trout Unlimited provided funding and are conducting site citizen science monitoring events. They are submitting a grant to continue monitoring efforts at the site. Their request would support a Benthic Indicator of Biotic Integrity (BIBI) survey at the site. The process involves getting in the stream, collecting bug samples, counting, and measuring the bug samples, recording findings, and then tracking findings. The goal is to engage local volunteers to get into the stream and collect samples over the course of a year.
In addition to creating in-stream habitat, engaging volunteers in planting events and citizen science, this project involves four new landowners in salmon habitat restoration. While no individual project will restore salmon populations to their historic numbers, each small project eases the impacts of human caused actions that brought us to this place.
The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail will open on Saturday, October 28 this year. Open through until December 3, the Trail offers an incredible learning experience for students and community members, bringing them face to face with wild Chum salmon.
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for the month of November, we will be training new and returning Docents on October 14, 2017. To attend, please RSVP by October 7 to KennedyCreek@spsseg.org.
Join SPSSEG at Boston Harbor Marina to enjoy featured, local beers, and discover the latest trends in science, research and restoration happening in our own Puget Sound region! Happening the first Thursday of the Month at 6:30 pm.
November 2, 2017 we welcome John Calambokidis with Cascadia Research Collective. John is a Research Biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research, a non-profit research organization formed in 1979 based in Olympia, Washington. He periodically (1991-2012) serves as an Adjunct Faculty at the Evergreen State College teaching a course on marine mammals. His primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans. As a Senior Research Biologist at Cascadia Research he has served as Project Director of over 100 projects. He has authored two books on marine mammals ( the award-winning Guide to Marine Mammals of Greater Puget Sound from Island Publishers, with R. Osborne and E.M. Dorsey and Blue Whales from Voyageur Press, with G.H. Steiger) as well as more than 150 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. He has conducted studies on a variety of marine mammals in the North Pacific from Central America to Alaska. He has directed long-term research on the status, movements, and underwater behavior of blue, humpback, and gray whales. His work has been covered on shows by Discovery Channel and others and has been featured in National Geographic TV specials and a magazine article in 2009.
Bring your SPSSEG pint glass to get $1 off tap beers at the Marina all night! If you don’t have an SPSSEG pint glass, bring $5 to get your own, and contribute to two great causes: Beer and Salmon!