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Salmon and trout

Science, volunteer opportunities, and Endangered Species Act response
Salmon and trout in King County, Washington and the northwest

How to become a Salmon Watcher


Want to be a Salmon Watcher volunteer?

Our dedicated volunteers watch for fish on their assigned creeks two times a week from September through December. The information they collect helps us know where salmon are spawning in our streams, and sometimes where barriers exist to salmon migration. Volunteers act as our "eyes and ears" in the watersheds and give us a heads up when things go awry in our neighborhood creeks. Find out more about our program, including how to identify salmon in your neighborhood, by exploring our site.

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If you'd like to be a Salmon Watcher this fall, plan to attend just one of our training sessions in September. No need to sign up, just pick a date and come join us. All trainings are from 7 to 9, but please arrive a little early to get signed in.

Other local programs

Miller and Walker creeks. Want to do this type of volunteer work but live near Miller or Walker creeks in Burien? Check out Community Salmon Investigation.

This program is conducted in cooperation with the King County Water and Land Resources Division, Bellevue Stream Team, Redmond Stream Team, and the cities of Seattle, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, Renton, and Woodinville, with financial support from the King County Flood Control District Cooperative Watershed Management Grant.