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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Ann Marie Pearce, Education and Outreach Specialist-Resource Stewardship at

Watch the Wild Chum Salmon Run Nov. 16 at McLane Creek
Salmon Stewards host celebration this Sunday to kick off the spawning season

Join the Stream Team's Salmon Stewards this Sunday, November 16 to learn about the wild spawning chum salmon while you enjoy tasty autumn treats at McLane Creek Nature Trail in West Olympia. The salmon celebration, hosted by Thurston County Stream Team and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, will take place rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are advised to come dressed for the weather and in sturdy boots or shoes. Participants will meet at the covered shelter in the lower parking lot.

Every fall, chum salmon return from the ocean to spawn in South Puget Sound. McLane Creek is home to a completely wild run of these salmon. The run began in early November and will continue through mid-December, peaking around Thanksgiving. The trained Salmon Stewards will be on the trail to answer questions every Saturday and Sunday, and Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, weather permitting.

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 onto Delphi Road. After 3.4 miles, turn right at the trail sign. Visitors need to display a Discover Pass when they enter because the trail is a state recreation site. For information about how to purchase a $10 day pass or $30 annual pass, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

WHAT: Celebration event to kick off wild chum salmon run

Sunday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: McLane Creek Nature Trail, off of Delphi Road in Olympia

For more information, please contact Ann Marie Pearce at (360) 754-3355 ext. 6857 or PearceA@co.thurston.wa.us, or visit Stream Team's website at http://StreamTeam.info for information about upcoming events.

Salmon Stewards is a volunteer program coordinated by the regional Stream Team program. Stream Team is cooperatively sponsored and funded by the storm and surface water utilities of the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, and Thurston County.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3