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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 3, 2006
Ann Marie Finan, Thurston County Stream Team coordinator, 357-2491 ext. 6857

Thanksgiving a great time to view salmon at McLane Creek Trail

OLYMPIA – Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times of year to see wild salmon spawning at the McLane Creek Nature Trail. To get the most from your visit, head to the nature trail over the long Thanksgiving weekend and visit with Stream Team Salmon Stewards. The volunteers will be stationed at viewing spots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 26 and during the same hours every following weekend through Dec. 17.

To get to the McLane Creek Nature Trail, take the Evergreen State College exit from northbound Highway 101. Exit at Mud Bay Road and turn left at the stop sign. Turn left onto Delphi Road . At 3.4 miles, turn right at the Department of Natural Resources McLane Creek Nature Trail sign.

Each year, thousands of chum salmon make the long journey home to McLane Creek to continue the cycle of life and death. The female chum finds an area in the stream with plenty of gravel and sufficient water flow to dig a series of nests with her tail, called a redd. The males vie with each other to fertilize the eggs in each nest. The females stay close to their nests as long as possible to protect the eggs from other females searching for places to dig their own nests.

The chums' remarkable journey home not only helps sustain their population in south Puget Sound , but also benefits other fish, wildlife and the forests. Salmon carcasses feed hundreds of animal species and fertilize the forest soils.   

Chum salmon are the second largest species of Pacific salmon, after Chinook.  

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3