Monday we embarked on our first Salmon Watching expedition with my dad (aka Grandpa). He has been an avid fisherman and nature lover since the beginning of time ;-) thus he proves to be an excellent guide and partner in our newest endeavors with Biology for this year.
We have three sites to check periodically throughout the week, for fifteen minutes each site. Our goal of course is to spot different species of salmon that are coming into the creeks to spawn and thus end their life cycle, or move back out into the lake and on out to the sound. (Last year at this site there was a "redd" located just underneath that orange marker in the picture above, a good sign). Note: a "redd" is a cleared area in the stream where the female salmon lays here eggs to be fertilized.
We were happy this first watch day that the weather was sunny and warm and not too much of a glare. Although, we are all given these fancy polarized salmon watching glasses to help cut the glare and see any little movements under the surface.
Violet took charge of "recording" our findings and sightings (although there was only a few little fish) which we are to list as "juveniles" as there is really no way to tell what type of salmon (or trout) they are as of yet.
I call this one "ninja measurer". Matthias here wielding the pvc measuring pipe for locations that do not have a water level meter on site. Grandpa was the only one that did this job, however, as it involved a very steep bank not good for tennis shoes with no tread, lol! Water levels are still pretty low in all our sites as we've (thankfully) had only a little bit of rain this past weekend, but the water was mostly clear which made it easy to see anything swimming. (Lots of water skeeters and dragonflies!)
I couldn't help snapping some shots of the local fauna, here some lovely little orangish wildflowers (or weeds). I'm still looking for an I.D. on these, anyone's guess???? (Violet was guessing Toadflax...)
A few more beauties and marvels ~
And this cute little guy slithered past us twice...
It was a delightful hour or so perusing nature just a little ways from our home. We hope to see some bigger fish next time :) A few parting shots...
Have a great rest of the week friends!