Scene in Edmonds: Students observe Shell Creek salmon


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Joe Scordino, who serves as an advisor to Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Students Saving Salmon group, took photos of students visiting Shell Creek Wednesday as part of their efforts to observe salmon in local streams. According to Scordino, the students “were impressed with observations of three chum salmon spawners and four dead chum as we are now nearing the end of this year’s cycle. We did not see any spawning activity nor find any redds (but redds are difficult to distinguish in the stretch of creek we surveyed).” According to Scordino, creek-side resident Ruth Blaikie talked to students and explained the salmon usually start arriving around Halloween and are usually gone by Thanksgiving. She also said her cue to knowing when salmon first start arriving is the occurrence of great blue herons along the creek; she only sees herons along creek when salmon begin to arrive and again when they are mostly gone (spawned out).


  1. I have run into the SSS group and their advisor at the marsh and the fish hatchery. It is very good to see young people taking an active interest in nature and the environment.

  2. I ran into Joe today at the waterfront and asked him why no boys were in the photo. He said the boys took off after they failed to spot a fish, but the girls had the patience to wait around for a salmon to show.

  3. Where were these pictures taken? I didn’t realize there was public access to Shell Creek anywhere between the beach and Yost Park. (Or is there?)

  4. Great job to all of you! I am so excited to hear of all you adventures and look forward to the data and reports the SSS group will generate. Thank you Joe, Val and others for spearheading this project.


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