Snowy owls are back in Seattle and around the region, thrilling birders and kicking up a ruckus with the locals … namely the crows. A snowy owl nobly endures the locals reacting to his presence on the rooftop of a home in Phinney. Photo by Ira Zuckerman Some think the crows are up to more…More
Brian Cluer of NOAA Fisheries was part of a team of scientists investigating progress of dam removal on the Elwha earlier this month…and the photos he took of the new world unfolding on the Elwha are amazing. Here is a view looking downstream, above what is left of Glines Canyon Dam. That’s Heidi Hugunin fish…More
John McMillan, a NOAA biologist tracking Elwha fish recovery in his day job, and his father, Bill McMillan, the storied angler, will host a reading at REI’s flagship store in Seattle to celebrate their new book, May the Rivers Never Sleep. It’s a collaboration and photographic journey that celebrates the rivers of the Northwest…More
Is this little fist-sized piece of concrete. Tom O’Keefe of American Whitewater shot this photo of the last hunk of Condit Dam. For O’Keefe and other whitewater paddlers, the White Salmon River is now open and they are savoring every splash. Here’s a link for more photos from O’Keefe’s celebratory paddle on the White Salmon. Dammed…More
The former lakebed of the reservoir behind Aldwell Dam has just passed its first summer, and what a difference a season makes. From this…
A brave willow shoot sprouts on the bed of the former Lake Aldwell in March 2012.
Photo by Lynda Mapes
Lush swaths of new growth are already taking root along the riverbank in the former Lake Aldwell.
Photo by Julie Titone.
The pace of change on the Elwha is breathtaking.
Julie Titone, a former Spokesman-Review environmental reporter, took these photos while visiting the Elwha for the first time since the dams came out.
Like many Northwesterners, Julie has followed the Elwha story for decades, writing about dam removal on the Elwha for the Spokesman-Review back in the 1990s when (to some) it still seemed like a crazy idea that would (and should) never happen. As she explored the Elwha after a nice fall soaker she was treated to this amazing sight, of stumps of the Elwha’s former riparian forest, cut before Lake Aldwell was filled for Elwha Dam:
Stumps steaming in the morning sun. Get out and see the Elwha for yourself, it is a landscape transformed, before your very eyes.
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We all know Snake River sockeye face the longest, most arduous journey of any sockeye in the world. But our friends at The Onion have discovered a whole new challenge for this already put-out fish, climbing 6,500 feet of elevation and crossing a time zone, for Pete’s sake, to reach their Idaho spawning grounds.
The chum run is on at Carkeek Park and what a sight it is, as the fish make their way up Piper’s Creek to the applause of falling autumn leaves. Chum are returning home to Piper’s Creek at Carkeek Park. Photo by Ken Lambert, the Seattle Times Through Dec. 9, Salmon Stewards will be on hand…More
PacifiCorp announced this week it has lifted all access restrictions on the White Salmon River, after having fully completed its removal of Condit Dam and its restoration of the area. White Salmon river, looking upstream toward former Condit Dam site. Courtesy, PacifiCorp The restoration got under way just more than a year ago, when the utility…More
Dylan Mayer, the octopus hunter who sparked an outrage when he took one of the charismatic animals at Cove 2, a popular dive site in West Seattle, was the first voice for a ban on hunting in the cove at a public hearing before the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Olympia Thursday. “I didn’t…More
Jill Zarzeczny of Olympic National Park recently checked in with the following information about how to help volunteer to help out with the revegetation project on the Elwha, part of the $325 million restoration of the Elwha River and its watershed: Spores boldly sprout on some of the 800 acres of bald…More