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Salmon and trout

Science, volunteer opportunities, and Endangered Species Act response

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Salmon and trout in King County, Washington and the northwest

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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The Salmon Watcher training sessions for 2014 have been completed. If you'd like to be a Salmon Watcher next year, plan to attend a training in late August or September, and check back here next summer for the dates.

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.

Map links

  • Our online site mapper (showing all public sites, no fish data)
  • Interactive fish sighting map (with limited sites)

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.