Outdoors

Salmon Says

Follow the fish

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

There’s no denying that denizens of Whatcom County are interested in what happens to the salmon who spawn in local waters every fall. 

Whether they’re attending Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association-led outdoor work parties to help maintain or improve their habitat, creating art to donate to local auctions to do the same, or—in the case of two events taking place Sat., Sept. 19—partaking in feats of athleticism with fish-focused themes, it’s clear our community is behind the silver swimmers.

Since 2003, the Chums of Terrell Creek have been promoting salmon recovery in the Terrell Creek watershed. The nonprofit was formed in response to community concerns about safe shellfish harvesting and clean recreational water, and has since expanded its efforts to include water quality in both Terrell Creek and Birch Bay.

The “Chums” have made a clear difference. Among their accomplishments: Six fish barriers have been replaced, 15 stream miles have been opened to fish, as many as 100,000 eggs are incubated annually, and the Lake Terrell Dam has been been made passable to salmon. There have also been numerous volunteer work parties, more than 22,000 native plants have been established, and approximately 48,000 feet of riparian area has been improved and protected.

At the third annual “Run with the Chums” taking place Sept. 19 at Ferndale’s BP Highlands, environmental education will be at the forefront of the festivities. After running or walking the 5K route, attendees can stick around to learn where the water in their neighborhoods goes, and how it affects the humans and animals who depend on it. Exhibits, information tables, guest speakers and more will be part of the free Whatcom Water Weeks event, and all are invited.

The same goes for Recreation Northwest’s “Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse,” the 13th annual relay race that celebrates the journey of wild salmon via running, biking and paddling through Bellingham’s parks, trails and waterways.

Starting at noon Sat., Sept. 19 at Boundary Bay Brewery, participants—including Chinook (solo), Coho (tandem) and Chum (relay teams)—will set off on their adventures, including a 5.5.-mile Greenways run, a six-mile mountain biking course, an 18-mile road bike ride, a 3.4-mile trail run, and a 3.6-mile paddle. Once you and your teammates have reunited, it’s a short team trek from Cornwall Beach to the finish line, where an ice-cold beer awaits.

Whether you’re in the race or are cheering on friends and family from the sidelines, keep in mind that stewardship of our land is at the heart of the event.

“Humans race—salmon journey,” reads an explanation of the event in the Traverse Guidebook. “Salmon emerge from the gravel, enter our streams and navigate challenging natural and urban terrain to open water. You will join them in spirit as you race across land and through water.

“Salmon are the yardstick of our community health. If our salmon are healthy and thriving, the economy and community are more likely to be healthy and thriving. The Bellingham Traverse is designed to raise awareness for and celebrate the lifecycle of wild salmon while fostering relationships among community members.”

Smoking Crow
More Outdoors...
Hikes with Kids
A family affair, naturally

If you loved hiking pre-kids, but now have a family and have put the skids on those outings, Susan Elderkin’s Best Hikes With Kids: Western Washington will inspire you to get back on the trails—albeit with modified expectations.

Offering 125 hikes that will appeal to kids from…

more »
Travel Time
Samish Flats and beyond

Conditional to my offer of chauffeuring the Lady of the House to Coupeville to fetch her friend at Keystone Ferry Landing on short notice, I insisted we secure an extra-early start from Bellingham so we could also spend a little quality time chilling out and kicking around down…

more »
The Getaway
In search of spring

I learned early on that spring in the Pacific Northwest consists of a series of soul-crushing weather disappointments. We’ll have a promising day of sun and hopeful blossoms will emerge and then it’s back to the dreary rain.

Spring takes its sweet time here. It requires patience. I’m not…

more »
Events
Today
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Free Appliance Pick-up

10:00am|Whatcom County

Open House Garden Party

12:00pm|Bakerview Road

Hir

7:30pm|DUG Theater

Community Action Poverty Simulations

6:00pm|Cornwall Church

Opera Studio Performances

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am| Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Lynden Book Sale

10:00am|Lynden Library

Bellingham Beer Week

10:00am|Throughout Bellingham

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Books and Bites

1:00pm|Blaine Library

Kimono Reception

1:00pm|Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

Coffee Tasting

3:00pm|Camber Cafe

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Race to Alaska

6:30pm|Firehouse PAC

Always...Patsy Cline

7:00pm|Conway Muse

Skagit Jazz Night

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Adrian Legg

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm|Bellingham, Arlington, Anacortes

Legends and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Trove Web
Tomorrow
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Free Appliance Pick-up

10:00am|Whatcom County

Hir

7:30pm|DUG Theater

9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Opera Studio Performances

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

Lynden Book Sale

10:00am|Lynden Library

Bellingham Beer Week

10:00am|Throughout Bellingham

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Always...Patsy Cline

7:00pm|Conway Muse

North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm|Bellingham, Arlington, Anacortes

Legends and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

VFW Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Hall

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Plant Society Field Trip

8:30am|Veder Mountain

3 Cs Plant Sale

9:00am|3 Cs Farms

Earth Day Planting

9:00am|NSEA Nursery

Ferndale City Wide Cleanup

9:00am|Downtown Ferndale

Planting Day

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

Fun with the Fuzz

9:00am|Bellingham Police Department

FutureFest

9:30am|Port Transit Shed Event Center

Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament

9:30am|Bellingham Sportsplex

Earth Day Celebration

10:00am|Edgewater Park

Voting, the Heart of Democracy

10:00am|Bellingham Public Library

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Ponds and Water Features

10:00am|Blaine Library

Community Art Museum Day

10:00am|Whatcom Museum

Arch of Healing Installation Ceremony

10:30am| Bellingham City Hall

Veggie Gardening 101

2:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Healthy Kids Day

2:00pm|Bellingham YMCA

Poetry Circle

3:00pm|Deming Library

Roller Betties Bout

5:00pm|Whatcom Community College

Winterhouse

6:00pm|Village Books

Speakeasy 21

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Rainbow Alliance Drag Show

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Who will wear the crown?

7:00pm

Blackthorn Band

7:00pm|Littlefield Celtic Center

Nepal Trek Talk

7:30pm|Lummi Island Library

Songs from the Universe

7:30pm|Firehouse Performing Arts Center

Brigid Collins Benefit Concert

8:00pm|Walton Theatre

Trove Web Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Sunday
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Free Appliance Pick-up

10:00am|Whatcom County

9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Opera Studio Performances

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

Bellingham Beer Week

10:00am|Throughout Bellingham

Lynden Book Sale

10:00am|Lynden Library

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm|Bellingham, Arlington, Anacortes

3 Cs Plant Sale

9:00am|3 Cs Farms

FutureFest

9:30am|Port Transit Shed Event Center

Dirty Dan Harris Festival

10:00am|Fairhaven Village Green

Earth Day Work Party

11:00am|Viva Farms

Pottery Demos

12:00pm|Good Earth Pottery

Choo Choo Soul

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Utopia Earth Day

1:00pm|Utopian Conservation Area

Audubon at the Museum

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Chuckanut Chili Cook-off

1:30pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Rambling Unicorn

3:00pm|Everson Library

Seeing Pink

4:00pm|Ciao Thyme Commons

Crowder

7:00pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Pink Martini

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Take Me to Church

8:00pm|Rumors Cabaret

see our complete calendar »

Trove Web Village Books Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1