West Seattle Blog… | Welcome, Salmon: “It’s always a hopeful time on Fauntleroy Creek”

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(BMS photos)

“Welcome.”
“Thank you.”
“You can do it.”

These are some of the messages written on small pieces of driftwood and placed on the shore of Fauntleroy Creek this afternoon at the annual gathering celebrating the imminent return of the salmon spawners.

Co-host Judy Pickens of Fauntleroy Watershed Council said his message was “the power of hope … It is always a hopeful time on Fauntleroy Creek”. The hope is that volunteer stream watchers will see the coho soon. Dennis hinton, also a member of the Fauntleroy Watershed Council, said there was reason to be hopeful:

He told the more than 30 people in attendance that a potential spawner was seen near the mouth of the creek on Saturday, a four to five pound female. A high tide of at least 11 feet is required to bring fish into the cove, and many days to come will require it. Last year, two parents showed up; the record was for 2012, with 274 volunteers.

The centerpiece of today’s celebration, as always, was the music, led by Jamie shilling (above), with young and old participants joining in on vocals and percussion – with instruments ranging from drums to tambourines to plant pots. Some songs are annual favorites, including “Habitat, “To the tune of the 1959 song”Lollipop“:

Shilling also led a new song, singing: “We are the voice of the earth, and we rise, we rise …” With these words, the participants pointed their driftwood sticks carrying messages to the sky;

What happens from here depends on the fish and the stream:

If the broodstock are present on a weekend, Pickens promises, the Fauntleroy Watershed Council will host an “open stream” – and we’ll announce it here on WSB.


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