The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation Helped LFP Students Release Salmon
On Friday, April 14th, Kim Josund and Jean Reid of the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation helped Lake Forest Park students release our school's baby salmon into Brookside Creek, a tributary of McAleer Creek.
The salmon parr were raised from eggs in our library's salmon tank. Kim and Teacher-Librarian, Frank Kleyn, carefully scooped the salmon from the tank and placed them into buckets. The water in each bucket was kept cold and aerated for the journey to the creek with a frozen water bottle and portable aerator.
At the creek, Kim explained how the salmon would continue to grow in the creek and Lake Washington. Students learned the importance of keeping local creeks clean and undisturbed to provide the best habitat for local salmon and wildlife.
Holding their salmon in clear cups of water, students hiked down to the creek bank, where they lowered their cups and slowly poured the salmon into the water. School counselor, Tom Doggett, counted salmon as students walked to the creek. He counted 170 released salmon!
The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation also sponsored a storytelling assembly at the school on Friday from Roger Fernandes. Roger is a member of Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians. He shared traditional stories with students that conveyed the importance of family, community, and respect for nature. Roger joined students at the salmon release.
Earlier in the year, retired Shoreline School District teacher, Jim Siscel, volunteered his time and worked with second grade teacher, April Johnston, to set up the tank and deliver the coho salmon eggs provided by the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
Thank you Jim Siscel, Kim Josund, Jean Reid, Roger Fernandes, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, and the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation for all you did to help our students raise salmon, learn about their life cycle, and become stewards of the local environment. We look forward to raising salmon next year!