Volunteers needed to monitor salmon spawning in Nisqually watershed

Volunteers are needed to help monitor streams within the Nisqually River watershed during the upcoming salmon spawning season.

People who take part in the Nisqually Salmon Watcher Program will need training so they can properly identify salmon species as they can count spawning adult salmon twice a week.

The Nisqually Stream Stewards Program will hold a training session Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Nisqually Natural Resources conference room. A tour of the Nisqually Tribe's weir on the Nisqually River will follow a classroom session.

Information collected by Nisqually Salmon Watchers helps Nisqually natural resources staff identify where and when salmon are spawning in streams and creeks, according to the program.

This information may also help determine where to focus salmon recovery protection and restoration efforts in the future. The Nisqually Stream Stewards is a program of the Nisqually Tribe to engage watershed citizens in restoring and protecting the local ecosystem, according to the release.

In addition to the spawning monitoring program, the Stream Stewards also are involved in planting projects and salmon carcass tossing events.

To register for the training or to get directions, contact: Don Perry at 360-438-8687, Ext. 2143 or perry.don@nisqually-nsn.gov. You can learn more about the stream stewards program at nisquallyriver.org/stream-stewards .