Learn About Local Salmon Findings At ‘CSI: Highline’ Season Finale March 1

A free public presentation on findings from ‘CSI: Highline,’ aka the Community Salmon Investigation for Highline, will be held Thursday, March 1 at the Normandy Park Community Club (1500 SW Shorebrook Drive).

“The exceptional scientific endeavor of over 26 volunteers in Burien and Normandy Park last fall gives us a more detailed understanding of adult salmon returns to Miller and Walker Creeks, which drain Burien, SeaTac, and Normandy Park,” reads a press release.

Over an 11-week period, volunteers navigated water high and low to count living fish and find dead ones for measurement and investigation of spawning success.

The March 1 “season finale” will feature:

  • Overview of the CSI: Highline program – who participated, how they surveyed
  • Final population estimates for coho and chum (the number of sightings shown on the web site “double-counted” some fish)
  • Pre-spawn mortality and other findings
  • Photos from the volunteers and me (including many not on the web site)
  • What we didn’t expect to see – things exciting and strange
  • Overview of key factors affecting salmon health in the streams: stormwater volumes, water quality, streamside vegetation
  • Plans for the 2012 CSI: Highline survey season
  • We’ll also have a brief “thank you” recognition ceremony for the 2011 volunteers.

Whether you want to know more about the Highline environment or are interested in volunteering for the 2012 survey season, this season finale is not to be missed!

WHAT: “CSI: Highline” Season Finale

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Normandy Park Community Club, 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive, Normandy Park.

INFO: For more info, contact Elissa Ostergaard, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward at (206) 296-1909 or [email protected].

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