Sightings of adult coho salmon in Shell Creek started this last weekend. This marks the start of the annual migration of salmon into the creek to spawn.
Students from the Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Students Saving Salmon club were thrilled to observe salmon during their first surveys of the creek last weekend, club advisor Joe Scordino said. Students searched the creek and talked to streamside residents, who also reported seeing the first salmon of the season. The Students Saving Salmon club hopes to document when coho and chum salmon arrive, how many occur through the season, and what stretches of Shell Creek are and are not being utilized by salmon, Scordino said.
“Observing the salmon was very rewarding to these students that have worked hard to enhance the salmon population with juvenile salmon releases and improve stream habitat by clearing culverts and restoring native vegetation,” he added
Students will be conducting periodic surveys through early January, and are asking streamside residents to report their salmon sightings, both live and dead, by emailing Students.Saving.Salmon@gmail.com.
Here’s a video of a coho making its way over a small falls, also courtesy of Peggy Foreman: