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CONSERVATION

Celebrate return of salmon on McLane Creek

The Olympia-Thurston County Stream Team will host the annual Chum Salmon and Cider Celebration along the McLane Creek Salmon Trail on Nov. 16.

Salmon Stewards, trained volunteers, will be on hand to answer questions about the chum salmon that have come back to spawn in McLane Creek.

There also will be hands-on family-friendly activities in a covered shelter.

The event will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

In November, wild chum run can be seen spawning naturally in the creek from the trail located off Delphi Road in Thurston County. There are three places — one bridge crossing and two viewing platforms — for easy viewing.

Because the trail is managed by the state Department of Natural Resources, a Discover Pass is required for parking at the trail.

Salmon Stewards are at one or more of the viewing platforms Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through early December. The volunteers have polarized viewers, egg development display cases and other educational material to explain the salmon life cycle, the different types of salmon, salmon survival and what South Sound residents can do to help salmon survive.

For more information, go to streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar.

WILDLIFE

Program looks at role of forage fish

Dayv Lowry and other staffers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will talk about the importance of Puget Sound forage fish Nov. 20 as part of the Discovery Speaker Series in Olympia.

The group will talk about what forage fish are and why they are so important to the salmon and birds that depend on them. They also will talk about how citizen science can help us learn more about population dynamics.

The doors for the free South Sound Estuary Association event will open at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. The program will be held at the LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE. Olympia.

For more information, go to sseacenter.org.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Program to focus on effects on birds

Sameer Ranade of the Washington State Climate Action Committee will give a presentation on the Clean Fuels Advocacy Campaign when he speaks Nov. 20 at the Tahoma Audubon Society’s monthly meeting.

A new report from the Audubon Society found that nearly half of birds in North America are threatened by climate change, and global warming is the number one threat to birds.

Krystal Kyer, executive director of the Tacoma chapter, will present the Audubon Climate Change Initiative during the second half of the meeting and program.

The program will run from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. For more information, go to tahomaaudubon.org.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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