Monday, December 9, 2013 at 09:48PM
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As I watched our salmon return to Issaquah Creek right on schedule this fall, I was once again inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of these amazing fish. And I was just as inspired by the spirit of volunteerism I see among all of those who are just as amazed as I am at the miracle of the salmon life cycle.
Do you fish? Watch for salmon in streams? Enjoy outdoor photography? Visit our hatchery frequently? Eat salmon? For those of us who live here, life is constantly enriched by the presence of these amazing creatures.
We have the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery because we as a community choose to preserve it. We have salmon in our streams and lakes because we choose to protect our watershed. We choose to help others understand the miracle of the salmon’s return and the role they can play in perpetuating their survival for future generations. This mission is driven by people like you who hold our salmon dear. I hope you will join me in this effort by supporting the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
Why support FISH? Here are a few of the ways we take the lead in conserving this precious resource.
• Advocate for the hatchery facility as a community asset by lobbying for the removal of the upper intake dam and new water intake that allows our salmon to imprint on Issaquah Creek.
• Salmon lifecycle educational programs for youth including hatchery tours for nearly 10,000 school children, science fair salmon dissections, classroom presentations and Salmon In Schools for 150 classrooms in King County, a program that allows students to observe up close and personal the development of salmon from fertilized eggs to fry.
• A volunteer program that enables 85 people each year show their love of salmon by pitching in to help with spawning, egg picking, hatchery operations, and share their enthusiasm for salmon with the public.
Please show join me as a partner in this work by making a contribution today. Help us ensure that our hatchery and our salmon remain a proud legacy we can pass on to our kids and our grandchildren. Now is the time to invest in the future.
Jane Kuechle, Executive Director
Your donation can be made right here on this website via credit card by visiting our "Get Involved" page. You can also mail your contribution to FISH, 125 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Thank you for your support.
The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery invites the public to attend the dedication ceremony for its’ new aquarium exhibit, Wednesday, November 13th, at 6 PM at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 West Sunset Way, Issaquah. The Aquarium Exhibit is located at the center of the main hatchery building on Sunset Way.
“When students first enter the aquarium room and take in the wonder of a salmon stream their faces are filled with a sense of wonder,” said David Waggoner who, along with Norbert Ziegler, were responsible for the vision and project management of the exhibit. Chinook salmon eggs that were spawned on September 24th have now hatched and are swimming in the aquarium tanks in the alvein stage of development.
FISH is indebted to the primary contractors on the project, for their help with the design and construction. The aquarium was built by Aquarium Concepts of Shoreline. The backdrop, which depicts Issaquah Creek, was done by noted mural artist Larry Kangas of Beaverton Oregon. The electrical work was performed by Illuminate Electrical of Issaquah. All Service Glass of Issaquah installed the new viewing window. And Jordan Valente Construction, LLC, of Issaquah helped prepared the space for installation.
Representatives from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club, The presenting sponsors of the exhibit, will join board president Ava Frisinger for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the exhibit. Other supporters include the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Trout Unlimited and 30 individual donors.
Following the dedication those attending are invited to the Watershed Science Center for refreshments and are welcome to stay for the FISH Annual Meeting. The program for the evening will include a showing of "State of Salmon" a video produced by the Washington State Governor's Salmon Recovery Office. Those in attendance will also get a sneak peek of the video being produced by FISH for showing in the Steve Bell Theatre. A representative from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide an update about the new upper intake in Issaquah Creek, now under construction a quarter mile above the hatchery.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 07:40PM
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Snoqualmie Tribe Elder John Mullen will be at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Saturday, September 21st. Mullen is a master carver and will exhibit some of his hand carved objects used in ceremonial activities. He will also be demonstrating his craft with a canoe he is creating and will give visitors an opportunity to try their hand at using his tools and implements on the canoe. Mullen was a guest of the hatchery in 2012 during the Welcome the Salmon Home event sponsored by the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. We are pleased to welcome him back to provide visitors to the hatchery this first hand experience. Snoqualmie Tribal ancestors were the first to occupy the place where the hatchery now sits. Mullen will demonstrate carving from 10 AM to 3 PM this coming Saturday.
Canoe in progress with examples of implements and tools used to carve the vessel.
A new, state of the art aquarium is planned for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Visitors will see salmon developing from eggs to fingerlings, just as they do in Issaquah Creek. Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) is excited to announce a capital campaign to raise $20,000 for this project. The exhibit scheduled to be open in time for the fall 2013 salmon season, to delight and inspire the thousands of visitors who come to the hatchery each year.
Each year over 10,000 school children tour the hatchery on classroom field trips. FISH has secured the services of a reputable aquarium design firm, Aquarium Concepts, to create and install a new exhibit that will vastly improve the educational quality of the aquarium and give visitors a much more realistic demonstration of how salmon grow and mature. Larry Kangas, the artist who painted the depiction of salmon predators on the hatchery water tank, has been engaged to create a realistic backdrop to the tanks which will include depictions of native vegetation, logs and lighting to replicate the natural daylight cast as found in Issaquah Creek. Using chillers and a modern filtering system, the water in the tanks will be maintained at optimum conditions for young developing salmon. We are indebted to Jordan Valente Construction for donating their services to reinforce the shelf on which the aquarium tanks will rest and Illuminate Contracting, LLC for donating their services to reroute and install the needed wiring.
We are asking for your help so we can complete this new exhibit. Our Board of Directors has committed $5,000 in seed money to get us started and we are grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah for being the first to step forward with a pledge of $2,000. We are asking other organizations and businesses in our community to help with this effort as well. But it will take all of us to make this vision a reality.
The return of salmon is Issaquah Creek is an annual miracle. Our hatchery is here to keep the salmon coming home. You can support this annual miracle by helping us build our new aquarium so future generations will preserve and protect out salmon and the waters they live in. Click here to donate now!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 04:43PM
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“My daughter loved the camp. She asked me if the camp ran all week and when I told her it did she asked if she could go on the weekend, too. She really liked the games and being outside in the creek. She has wanted to be a marine biologist since she could talk so she knows quite a bit about fish and she loves salmon days so she knows quite a bit about the salmon life cycle. She learned about watersheds and enjoyed that. She also loved feeding the trout. She wants to attend again next year. The crafts were really great. Overall I would give the camp a 10 and I will recommend it to friends. Thanks for a great week!”
No organization could ask for a more glowing recommendation than this one. We work hard to make sure that our summer camps are fun and educational but it really makes us feel good when we hear it directly from parents. We know the kids are having fun and learning to appreciate our amazing salmon. The real test of quality comes from parents who hear directly from their children about what they are learning, the games and activities that occupied their day and their eager response to the program.
Whether your child is 3 and just learning about the natural world around them or whether they are 11 and are thinking more globally about human impact on our environment, our summer camp program provides the opportunity to explore, be creative and think holistically. Playing outdoors in the summer sun is a time honored tradition of childhood. Why not expose your child to the wonders of our amazing salmon and the role they play in expanding our understanding of our watershed, at the same time?
CLICK HERE to sign up for Summer Camp!