Saving salmon saves orcas

Duwamish Alive! is asking for volunteers to cleanup and participate in habitat restoration.

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:13am
  • News

The following is a press release from Duwamish Alive!

What is the connection between the Duwamish River and our local Orca? The Duwamish River is home to five species of salmon including the vital Chinook which is a critical food source for Puget Sound Orca.

Orca depend on the dwindling Chinook runs for the majority of their diet, which Chinook depend on healthy salmon habitat in the Duwamish.

Duwamish Alive! will have volunteers working throughout the Duwamish Watershed to improve the health of our green spaces, creeks and especially our Duwamish River which provide salmon critical habitat.

Volunteers are needed at many local sites which provide critical habitat for our community and our river.

Duwamish Alive!, celebrates the connection of our urban parks and open spaces to our river, wildlife and community. Starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20,volunteers of all ages, at multiple Duwamish sites throughout the watershed from river to forest, will participate in a day of major cleanup and habitat restoration in the ongoing effort to keep our river alive and healthy for our communities, salmon and orca.

A special opening ceremony will be held at T107 Park, across from the Duwamish Longhouse at 10 a.m. with special honoring of George Blumberg and Willard Brown for their work in restoring the Duwamish.

Opening Ceremonies:

  • T107 Park 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Cecil Hansen, Duwamish Tribe
  • James Rasmussen, Presentation of Honors
  • Chris Wilke from Puget Sound Keepers, Stewardship
  • Sameer Ranade from Front and Centered Highlighting 1631,

Duwamish Alive! is a collaborative stewardship effort of conservation groups, businesses, and government entities, recognizing that our collective efforts are needed to make lasting, positive improvements in the health and vitality of the Green-Duwamish Watershed.

Twice a year these events organize hundreds of volunteers to work at 14 sites in the river’s watershed, connecting the efforts of Seattle and Tukwila communities.

To volunteer, visit www.DuwamishAlive.org to see the different volunteer opportunities and to the contact for the site of your choice, or email info@duwamishalive.org.

This is a family friendly event for all ages, tools, instruction and snacks are provided.

  • Tukwila Sites Include:
  • Cecil Moses Park, King County Parks
  • Duwamish Hill Preserve: Forterra, Tukwila Parks, and Friends of the Hill
  • Duwamish Hill Wetlands: ECOSS and Mountains to Sound
  • Duwamish Shoreline Challenge: Forterra and BECU
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