Fling Carcasses For Salmon

Fling Carcasses For Salmon

EATONVILLE (February 8, 2006) – The Nisqually Stream Stewards will be holding their last salmon carcass tossing of the year on Saturday, February 25 in Eatonville. Volunteers are needed for this fun and valuable event. While carcass tossing may be fun, it also provides an important food source for juvenile salmon and other species throughout the watershed.

Nisqually Salmon Carcass Tossing

Streams and creeks around Eatonville
Smallwood Park, Eatonville

Saturday, February 25
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To register for the carcass toss or to find out more information about the Stream Stewards, contact Don Perry, volunteer at (360) 438-8687, [email protected]

The Nisqually Stream Stewards plans to place, with the help of volunteers, over 3,000 carcasses during the 2005 carcass tossing season. The carcasses for the salmon tossing program come from the Nisqually Tribal hatcheries.

Salmon carcasses are a critical part of the Nisqually River’s ecosystem. When salmon return to their native streams and die, the marine nutrients they brought with them are eaten by organisms ranging from insects to bears or absorbed by plants. Where salmon carcasses are plentiful, juvenile salmon grow bigger by feeding on the carcasses and the increased abundance of stream insects.

For more information, contact: Don Perry, volunteer coordinator, Nisqually Indian Tribe, (360) 438-8687, [email protected]