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Pac NW NANFA Meeting
The Pacific Northwest NANFA Region's Annual meeting will be August
8-9. It will be held in Poulsbo, Washington. Poulsbo is on the east
Kitsap Peninsula across Puget Sound from Seattle. If you can make
it, NANFA member or not, we'd very much like to have you join us for
some hard work, good company and what we hope is a great educational
experience. There are no registration fees. We have been the
recipients of key donations of time, supplies and a meeting room.
Here's the agenda:
Saturday August 8
10 AM -- Meet in Lacey, Washington. Take I-5 exit 111 (Marvin Rd).
Turn away from the freeway on Marvin Rd and you'll immediately see a
McDonald's on the right. We'll meet in the McDonald's parking lot.
Look for my silver Isuzu pickup.
We'll drive as a group to Poulsbo and meet up with Paul Dorn at
11:30 at the Marine Science Center in downtown Poulsbo right on
Liberty Bay. Paul is a salmon biologist for the Suquamish Indian
Tribe. He has been involved in salmon and habitat restoration
activities for 20 years.
(Note: If you want to meet us in Poulsbo instead of Olympia, and don't
know where the Marine Science Center is located, call or email me and
I'll tell you.)
The stream work activities begin after a quick lunch.
- We will visit 3 sites on Dogfish Creek for a comparison of various
stages of stream degradation. Dogfish Creek flows through Poulsbo
into Liberty Bay, and its watershed has been severely impacted by the
urbanization of the Poulsbo area.
- You will then be put to work! Road construction has destroyed
valuable riparian vegetation, and water runoff is eroding bank
sediments. We will revegetate a section of the creek for erosion
control. This will directly help the fish because Dogfish Creek is
an important salmon spawning stream (chum salmon primarily) and
spawning gravels have become unuseable in places due to erosion.
This will be another entry in our region's continuing committment to
fish habitat protection and restoration.
- Finally, Paul has requested our assistance in identifyng the fishes
in the various sections of Dogfish Creek as part of his ongoing
biological and management assessments of east Kitsap County streams.
We may see coastrange and prickly sculpins, speckled dace, Western
brook lamprey, salmonids, and whatever else we find.
5 PM -- Refreshments and dinner at Silver City Brewery in Silverdale.
There are several options for accomodations for the night:
1- Paul's home near Poulsbo has 2 spare bedrooms which he is making
available. Paul and his wife Linda have a nice home on the water.
They're nice people and you will be treated well.
2- Paul's basement will sleep a bunch of people who want to bring a
sleeping bag and sleep on the floor. (I'll be one of those people.)
3- Poulsbo has several motels. Call or email me and I'll give you
their names and numbers. I have a free one-night pass for one of them
which I'll give away. I recommend the motel room if you are bringing
Sunday August 9
9 AM -- Have breakfast in Poulsbo. Observe wetland wildlife around
Paul's home and visit a small salmon hatchery nearby.
11 AM -- Marine Science Center activities
- We have a meeting room reserved in the Center. We'll participate in
1- watch the video "America's Nongame Fishes: Swimming in Troubled
2- have a fish family identification workshop using preserved
3- explore the tidal flats in Liberty Bay for marine invertebrates
and fishes (daily low tide is at noon that day). The Center also
has microscopes available for our use, and if anyone wishes,
they can examine water samples for plankton.
4- view the displays in the Center.
We'll have lunch at local restaurant and adjourn at 3 PM
Please contact me if you have any questions or special needs. I look
forward to seeing you. For your sake, it is a good idea for you to
tell me you are coming so that I can contact you if meeting plans
email: jdelong at nwifc_wa.gov
home phone (360) 705-2663
work phone (360) 438-1181 ext 339.