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Squamish River Watershed Society to host salmon release

Free the Fishies event is on March 23.

An upcoming salmon fry release is being hosted by the Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS) during spring break.

On March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. those interested can join the SRWS at Judd Beach to partake in a salmon fry release. During the event, people can learn about how these salmon help our environment and their importance.

“We’re trying to connect … the community to nature and to the salmon and all the gifts that they give us,” said Rhonda O’Grady, the SRWS education co-ordinator. “We really want to emphasize the reciprocity of it all, like the circle that should be happening here, the give and the take.”

O’Grady said that the event will have many different opportunities for families to engage and interact with nature and as a family. Along with a salmon release, there will be a scavenger hunt and SRWS teamed up with the Squamish Men’s Shed to paint wooden salmon, which they will then hang on a trail in the estuary at their own convenience.

“I'm going to put it on a trail in the estuary called The Way of the Salmon trail. And they're going to have to go and find their fish, take a picture with it, send it to me and then I will mail them, in snail mail, a prize,” she explained.

Additionally, she said that it is going to run like a drop-in event, so people should come prepared to be there for one to two hours with snacks. She said SRWS will have water available and be there to answer questions people might have about the fish.

What’s important, said O’Grady, is that people learn how to give back to nature.

“One way the community can give back is by connecting to nature, learning about nature, and then releasing the salmon fry.”

For those interested in the event, SRWS asks that you please register by emailing rogwolf1@gmail.com.