Celebrate Salmon! A Field Trip for Families
Saturday September 6th, 9am to 5pm
Please join Stewardship Pemberton Society as we head further afield to the Anderson Lake spawning channel for a guided tour, followed by a traditional Lil’wat salmon smoking lesson on the shores of Lillooet Lake with Kap Gene Andrew. This trip is being sponsored by Stewardship Pemberton Society and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Please e-mail us at email@example.com to book your seat on the bus. Adult supervision is mandatory. Fee: $20 per participant.
For more on salmon, enjoy this blog post from SPS:
While local waterways in and around Whistler are void of salmon runs due to natural fish barriers such as waterfalls and tight canyons, Pemberton and Squamish waterways team with salmon nearing the end of their life cycle in the fall. These salmon feed bears and many other species, and provide a substantial influx of nutrients to local streams, rivers, and adjacent forests. Science has the ability to sample these nutrients and determine if they come from the sea. Nutrients that come from the sea are called marine derived nutrients.
Recent studies suggest that one single bear feeding in a salmon stream drag approximately 700 partially consumed salmon carcasses to the forest – the remains of which go as far as 200 meters inland from stream banks. These carcasses are left in valley bottoms where trees are the largest. Coincidence? No. These carcasses feed the trees. Along with the scat from bears and other scavengers. Large tree growth rings directly correspond with large salmon runs. These large trees lining streams provide shelter and rich habitat for fish, bears, and many other forms of life.