Today was all about salmon, one of Washington’s iconic species. Salmon are an important part of the economy and the culture in the evergreen state, especially to local tribes like the Stillaguamish.
Tiana, Tiffany and Khadijah wore hip-waders today and waded through a river channel to help with a fish monitoring project. Using a large net, they caught and learned to identify fish, including little fingerling coho salmon. Later on, the girls saw what adult coho salmon look like at Pike Place Market.
The girls write:
On this day we worked with the Stillaguamish Tribe monitoring fish in the estuary in the Port Susan Bay Preserve. As we learned about the different types of fish (mostly salmon) that live in Port Susan Bay, we were being filmed for The Nature Conservancy website. We were also able to ride in the back of Conservancy scientist Kit Crump’s pickup truck.
After lunch, we headed to the Skagit River for more filming. We each had an individual interview. We learned even more about the salmon life cycle. After the interviews we bought ice-cream at Cascadian farms and headed home for a long drive. —Tiffany, Tiana and Khadijah
Tiffany Smith, Tiana Cruz and Khadijah Michael are spending three weeks in Washington as part of The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program, which provides paid internships to high school youth. You can read about their adventures in this daily updated blog.