Thurston County Stream Team and the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are teaming up to celebrate the return of chum salmon to the McLane Creek Nature Trail off Delphi Road on Sunday, November 21 from noon to 2 p.m. ###
Each year thousands of chum salmon make the long journey home from the ocean to McLane Creek where they continue the cycle of life and death. The female chum finds an area in the stream with plenty of gravel to dig a series of nests with her tail, called a redd. The chums' remarkable journey home not only helps sustain their population in south Puget Sound, but also benefits other fish, wildlife and the forests.
The McLane Creek Nature Trail, part of Capital State Forest and managed by the DNR, offers excellent viewing of this yearly display. Earlier this year DNR installed a viewing platform to observe the spawning behaviors of the chum. The large platform was funded by a Washington Wildlife and Recreation program grant through the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCO). DNR was also able to install new ADA accessible bathroom facilities through cost savings and additional funding from RCO.
Stream Team Salmon Stewards will give guided tours to the viewing platform and answer questions about the native, wild run of chum returning to spawn in the creek. Hot cider and snacks will be provided. The celebration takes place rain or shine. Visitors are advised to come dressed for the weather and to wear sturdy boots or shoes. Parking is limited. Carpooling is encouraged.
For additional information, contact Ann Marie Finan at 360-754-3355 ext. 6857 or visit the Stream Team website at www.streamteam.info
Sponsored by the storm and surface water utilities of Thurston County, Tumwater, Lacey and Olympia, Stream Team is a volunteer-based program that protects and enhances local streams, creeks, rivers in Thurston County.