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On April 21, 2010 the Kokanee Work Group celebrated Earth Day (eve) by releasing the last 200 kokanee fry from the first successful year of our emergency supplementation program. Joined by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Work Group members gathered in the forest at stalwart kokanee advocate Wally Pereyra’s house, shared some perspective on what this release means for kokanee and their recovery, and then placed the fry in the creek. Afterward, the gathering was treated to Ilene Stahl’s legendary kokanee cookies, with fry cookies an appropriate addition this year, and to drumming by Snoqualmie Tribe members.

Ebright Creek gathering and celebration to release Sammamish kokanee fry
Ebright Creek gathering and celebration to release Sammamish kokanee fry
Earth Day gathering to celebrate the release of native kokanee into Ebright Creek, a tributary to Lake Sammamish
Earth Day gathering to celebrate the release of native kokanee into Ebright Creek, Earth Day 2010
Cooler filled with kokanee fry, ready to release into Ebright Creek
Cooler holding kokanee fry to be set free in Ebright Creek
Children peer into coolers filled with cool water and kokanee fry alongside King County Executive Dow Constantine
Children peer into coolers holding kokanee fry alongside King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Executive Dow Constantine speaking at a release of Sammamish kokanee fry
King County Executive Dow Constantine speaking at the Earth Day celebration and kokanee fry release
Sammamish mayor Don Gerend speaks at the Ebright Creek Earth Day celebration and kokanee fry release
Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend speaks at the Ebright Creek Earth Day celebration
King County speaker David St. John and children
King County staff David St. John and Earth Day kokanee release participants
Snoqualmie native ceremonial drummer Ray Mullen celebrating the release of young kokanee into Ebright Creek
Snoqualmie native ceremonial drummer Ray Mullen celebrating the release of young kokanee into Ebright Creek
King County biologist Hans Berge and a boy set kokanee fry free in Ebright Creek
King County biologist Hans Berge and a boy set kokanee fry free in Ebright Creek
Woman releasing young kokanee into the Lake Sammamish tributary, Ebright Creek
Participant setting young kokanee free in the Lake Sammamish tributary, Ebright Creek
Boy releases kokanee fry into Ebright Creek, Earth Day 2010
Boy releases kokanee fry into Ebright Creek, Earth Day 2010
Ceremonial drumming by Snoqualmie Tribe members at the Ebright Creek kokanee fry release, 2010
Ceremonial drumming by Snoqualmie Tribe members at the Ebright Creek kokanee fry release, 2010
Ilene Stahl’s beautiful and delicious kokanee cookies
Ilene Stahl’s well-regarded kokanee cookies
Young Earth Day celebration-goers gravitate to Ilene Stahl’s kokanee cookies
Young Earth Day celebration participants gravitate to the kokanee cookies
Kids enjoying Ilene Stahl’s legendary kokanee cookiesKids enjoying Ilene Stahl’s legendary kokanee cookies

For questions about Lake Sammamish kokanee and these photos, please contact David St. John, government relations administrator, DNRP Water Policy Unit.