I’m a total West Coast girl. My favorite thing to do is walk through the forest and even though I’ve lived here my whole life, I will still gasp out loud at the lush moss, green ferns, amazing leaves, and trees that surround my community. I learned last year that not all of my readers have personally experienced watching salmon make their way back to their place of birth to spawn each year. The journey is a mixture of beauty and sadness because after the females bury their eggs and male spawners fertilize, their journey is over and they dye. From each thousand eggs that were laid, only a few adult salmon survive and return to their home streams to spawn and die and continue the cycle.
I always take my children to watch the salmon’s journey up our local rivers and streams because they see the tremendous effort these fish make to continue their cycle. Their pre-school did a great job of organizing field trips to local watersheds so the kids could learn about local restoration programs. When salmon streams are not taken care of properly, it has a dramatic effect on salmon numbers and spawning numbers. Having been raised with salmon being an important part of the environment, I think watching and learning about the salmon run is amazing for children!
It’s taken a few attempts to get a good video of local salmon making their way upstream, but I hope you get a glimpse of this beautiful event we are lucky enough to see up close. As you can see, this stream is filled with salmon but the moving water makes it hard to get a super clear video. . . hopefully you can make out the moving salmon under the stream’s surface!