The Bainbridge Salmon Monitoring Program has been conducting monitoring for returning spawning adult salmon and instream juvenile salmon every fall since 2005. This citizen science program trains volunteers to observe and collect data on abundance, distribution, and species of salmon that are returning to our Island streams to spawn.
This program typically monitors four streams on Bainbridge Island (see figure to right for current monitored streams. Volunteers conduct fish and redd (the nests in which salmon lay their eggs) surveys weekly for a two-month period each fall. We are grateful to the City of Bainbridge Island for ongoing support of this program including landowner outreach, assessment support, and insurance to cover volunteers.
Interested in volunteering?
Citizen volunteers are placed in teams of three or four individuals depending on their schedule, who agree to visit their designated stream once per week between October and early December. You do not have to have expertise to volunteer- we will train you! You do need to be at least 14 years of age, and be in physical condition to hike 1-3 miles over uneven surfaces in a variety of weather conditions.Please join our newsletter, link at the bottom of this page, if you’d like to be notified of future opportunities.
More information about our salmon monitoring and conservation activities
Adult salmon monitoring data
Click below to look at the observations of returning adult salmon (predominantly coho) to our streams
Click below to look at observations of fingerling salmon (juveniles + cutthroat trout are grouped together, as small cutthroat cannot always be differentiated from juvenil coho by visual observation only)
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