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LLTK joins research network modeling Puget Sound ecosystems

Long Live the Kings is part of a new collaborative project led by the Puget Sound Institute to create the Puget Sound Integrated Modeling Framework (PSIMF). PSIMF will bring together five separate models of Puget Sound, helping scientists and planners understand the complex puzzle pieces of our region’s ecosystems from ocean to mountaintops.

Press Release: New Project Forecasts Future of Puget Sound

Funded in part by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, PSIMF will enable better regional planning and decision-making by providing a cohesive picture of the entire Puget Sound ecosystem. Components of the integrated framework will model land cover, freshwater, marine, food web and human activity. Hem Nalini Morzaria Luna, a researcher with Long Live the Kings, works with the Atlantis Ecosystem Model to study the Puget Sound food web. This research is key to ongoing work from the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project to understand how factors at the base of the food web – including the influence of climate change – ripple up to affect salmon and other predators like orcas. By combining Atlantis with the four other models, PSIMF provides a powerful tool for shaping the path to salmon recovery as part of a sustainable future for Puget Sound.

Read more on PSIMF and the power of data-driven modeling from Puget Sound Institute.

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Development Director

About Long Live the Kings (LLTK)

Our mission is to restore wild salmon and steelhead and support sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1986, we have been advancing science, improving management, and implementing solutions to balance the needs of fish and people. LLTK envisions a sustainable Northwest with a growing human population, a thriving economy, and flourishing salmon runs. 

Our 18-member Board of Directors and 18 dedicated staff members seek broad involvement to help us accomplish our goals. Our core values are stewardship, collaboration, results, and learning. Our staff are located in Seattle, Hood Canal, and Orcas Island, and work throughout western Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about us in our 2025 Strategic Roadmap and on our website

LLTK is currently using a hybrid workplace model; if able, we ask all staff to work from our office in downtown Seattle at least one day a week, Tuesdays. Additionally, we have quarterly staff gatherings that require in-person participation and there may be additional work location and travel needs specific to this position. Note that this may change as we continue to adjust to workplace changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Position Summary – Development Director

LLTK is experiencing significant growth in influence, impact, and size. In the last six years we have steadily increased our budget and unrestricted private giving by 44% and 63% respectively. We are seeking our next Development Director to leverage this to continue growing our fundraising program to fuel our salmon recovery work throughout the region.

The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience in development, or a related field, and is already connected to the regional philanthropy, conservation, recreation, and/or tech communities. Further, they have a track-record of personally stewarding and soliciting gifts of $500+ (as well as supporting staff and Boards to do the same) and have prior success securing sponsorship gifts.

This position will be managed by our Executive Director, Jacques White. The Development Director will manage the Senior Manager of Grants & Database and a part-time Development & Events Assistant. In addition, the development team will soon be hiring two new staff (part-time Development & Data Assistant and full-time Senior Manager of Major Gifts). The Senior Manager of Major Gifts will report directly to the Development Director, while the part-time Development & Data Assistant will report to the Senior Manager of Grants & Database. In total, the position will manage a team of four, that includes three direct reports. The ideal candidate will have experience managing staff or interns and will use compassion and a growth mindset to guide and nurture their expanding team.  

Last, but certainly not least, this person should expect to participate fully on our leadership team which also includes LLTK’s Director of Projects, Finance Director, and Executive Director. In this group, the Development Director will participate in critical decision making for the organization. Also in this capacity, they should be ready to manage both up and down and manage expectations. As a leadership team member, this individual helps to ensure that resources and decisions consider LLTK’s Strategic Plan, current capacity, LLTK values, and LLTK’s DEI Roadmap.  

Primary Duties 

  • Oversee fundraising program (25%)
    • Create and manage the annual fundraising plan & budget in collaboration with the lead development staff and Executive Director.
    • Manage development staff, lead hiring processes for new development staff.
    • Support Executive Director with fundraising-related tasks.
    • Regularly present to Board and staff on fundraising work.
    • Lead Board’s Development Committee. 
    • Work with Senior Manager of Grants & Database to develop annual grant strategy.
    • Work with Senior Manager of Major Gifts to develop annual major gifts strategy.
    • Integrate development program with mission, core salmon recovery projects, and public outreach.
  • Lead new fundraising initiatives (20%), including, but not limited to: planned-giving, new/special projects, endowment, etc. 
  • Collaborate with leadership staff and Board to help set direction of organization and ensure organizational health (12.5%).
    • Review, and help set, policies, annual goals, and budgets.
    • Track progress to Strategic Plan.
    • Prioritize and nurture DEI efforts.
    • Participate in emergency planning & response.
    • Co-lead Board Nominating Committee with the Executive Director.
    • Set annual communications strategy in collaboration with communications staff and Executive Director.
    • Contribute to a healthy culture through modeling and decision making.
  • Co-lead major donor program (20%)
    • Lead the hiring process for a Senior Manager of Major Gifts in 2023.
    • Plan and execute strategies for major donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation in collaboration with the Senior Manager of Major Gifts.
    • Develop creative strategies for building relationships with individuals to maximize financial support for LLTK (including frequent field and virtual opportunities).
    • Steward a personal portfolio of individuals (~100) to strategically increase their support; work with staff and Board to create and steward their own portfolios. 
  • Oversight of annual fundraising events program: manage staff and vendors to create and execute three annual fundraising events drawing 100-300+ guests, aim to achieve event fundraising success that exceeds pre-COVID numbers (20%). 
    • Work directly with the Executive Director, Board, and Senior Manager of Communications & External Affairs to set budgets, determine annual event strategy, event themes and key messaging, ensure our DEI values are reflected in each event (from accessibility considerations to diversity of audience and speakers), steward sponsors and make annual solicitations, solicit pre-committed event gifts (paddle raises of $1k+), secure Table Captains, secure RSVPs from key guests (major donors, partners, sponsors, etc.), table mapping, etc.
    • Oversee staff and contractors to complete the following: marketing, auction procurement and creation, committee creation and management, general audience development, day-of tasks, volunteer management, vendor and venue coordination, creation of event collaterals (design done by external vendor), data entry, etc. 
  • Participate fully in DEI efforts and advancement of LLTK’s DEI Roadmap, likely to include participating in committees or special DEI efforts, applying a DEI lens to fundraising efforts, and working on leadership-lead DEI goals and tasks (2.5%).

Compensation, Benefits, & Location

LLTK is dedicated to centering equity. As part of that work, we have made our salary scale transparent. LLTK Directors are compensated between $100,000 – $142,000 annually. Generous benefits provided include:

  • Paid Time Off (Vacation accrued at 10 hours per month for the first 3 years of employment, Sick time accrued at 8 hours per month, 13 Floating PTO days)
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • 401k with matching opportunities (after one year of full-time employment) at 5%
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Flex Spending Account 
  • Dependent Care FSA
  • ORCA Pass for commuting
  • Dog Friendly Office
  • A hybrid work environment: Note that the duties of this position may include additional in-person responsibilities such as: ongoing management responsibilities (including initial get-to-know-you and trust building activities), donor meetings, and events. Despite these in-person needs, we trust you to know how and where you work best, either remotely or in our office.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Two and a half years ago staff and Board began a formal process of examining ourselves and our organization with a DEI lens. Our intention is to do this work so that we can authentically embrace DEI principles as a core value that drives the success of our people, our partners, and our work. 

How to Apply

We welcome and encourage qualified people of all identities and abilities to applyPlease email to apply, letting us know how/where you heard about the job, and include a resume or CV and 1-page cover letter that describes your interest in LLTK and this position, and your relevant qualifications and experience. Application review begins January 25th; the position will remain open until filled. 

We look forward to receiving your materials. Please send them to Lynn Baker at lbaker@lltk.org. We’re a small team and politely request that follow-up calls or emails be restricted to technical questions or necessary accommodations having to do with applying.

Aerial photo looking down onto a stormwater filtration system, a square black box on a wooden platform with long green pipes running from the highway guardrail and extending into a grassy field. Shrubs in brown and orange fall foliage surround the pipe from the roadway.

Piloting a New Way to Manage Stormwater in Ohop Valley

In the late 1800s, settlers converted the Ohop Valley to pastures and farm fields, turning a once meandering Ohop Creek into a straight-flowing ditch to drain the valley for dairy farming. The process drastically transformed the landscape, reducing its ability to provide spawning and rearing habitat for historical salmon populations, including chum, pink, coho, and Chinook salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout.  As a major tributary to the Nisqually, the loss of this habitat was detrimental to these salmon and has contributed to decreased populations and the listing of Chinook and steelhead as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Substantial work has been done to address the historic habitat degradation, however new science points to another more modern threat to salmon recovery.

Over the past 15 years, watershed partners have worked together to implement the Lower Ohop Creek Restoration Project, transforming the lower section of Ohop Creek and the surrounding valley, converting it back to what it looked like prior to settlement. Completed over two phases of construction, over 2 miles of Ohop Creek have been remeandered, derelict structures and invasive plant species removed, and large woody debris placed throughout the valley floor.  As part of the restoration, nearly 200,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted across 180 acres of floodplain. 

The restoration of Ohop Creek is a major step in recovering Nisqually salmon, but stormwater pollution that comes of off roadways has been recently identified as a major threat to recovery. Some of the harmful components of stormwater include heavy metals and microscopic tire particles. Traffic volume along Highway 7, which crosses Ohop Creek near the Town of Eatonville, has been on the rise due to population growth of the Puget Sound region resulting in more of these chemicals entering Ohop Creek. According to Washington State’s Department of Transportation’s 2019 annual average daily traffic data, assuming four tires per vehicle, roughly 12 pounds of microscopic tire particles are released at this site throughout the year. Scientists have recently discovered that these tire dust particles contain a chemical known as 6PPD-Quinone, which causes mortality in salmon, especially coho, in low quantities.  The Nisqually Indian Tribe and Long Live the Kings have partnered with Cedar Grove, an environmental solutions company, to pilot a mobile biofiltration system designed specifically to capture and filter stormwater run-off from Highway 7.  

Photo from ground level showing white plastic gutter running alongside a low guardrail by the side of a rural highway with grass and trees around it.
A gutter system collected stormwater runoff from Highway 7, feeding into the filtration unit.

In January 2022, the unit was installed between the two bridge crossings along Highway 7, in close proximity to Ohop Creek.  The size of the unit allows for the collection of 91% of the roadway run-off. With each significant rain event, the system automatically collects water quality samples at three locations:  where the run-off enters the filtration system, the middle of the system, and at the outlet where the water is discharged onto the Ohop Creek floodplain. The water samples allow researchers to test the effectiveness of Cedar Grove’s system at removing harmful contaminants. These samples are tested for their chemical and toxicological composition, including heavy metals, ammonia, dissolved organic carbon, total suspended solids, nitrates, nitrites, total phosphorus, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s). Additionally, the composite samples are shared with Washington State University to assess biological impacts and University of Washington’s Tacoma Campus to test for 6PPD and 6PPD-Quinone. 

A group of people stand around the edge of grassy clearing surrounded by young trees. Large green pipes bent at right angles extend from a large container in front of them. A man in a black shirt and baseball hat stands between the pipes talking to the group.

The biofiltration system is mobile, relatively inexpensive, and scalable for different stormwater filtration needs.  If the system can safely remove harmful chemicals and prevent them from polluting salmon streams, don’t be surprised if you see the use of this system become widespread.  In the very near future, stormwater filtration systems will go hand in hand with habitat restoration as a principal salmon recovery tool.  

Fall 2022 Update:

By the end of April, the Ohop biofiltration system had encountered two significant rain events. As of November, preliminary data analysis shows positive signs that this system is effective at reducing heavy metals, water toxicity, and 6PPD-quinone to levels that are not detrimental to salmon. We hope to continue this study and look forward to sharing more results as they are available!

Learn more from the Northwest Treaty Tribes here.

Come along on a tour of the project site (via LLTK’s Instagram)!


Authors: Ashley Von Essen is the Lead Entity Coordinator at the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Ashley Bagley is a Project Manager at Long Live the Kings. This article was originally published in the Summer 2022 issue of Yil-Me-Hu, the Nisqually Watershed Salmon Recovery newsletter. Read the full issue here.

Project partners include: Nisqually Indian Tribe, Long Live the Kings, Cedar Grove, Fremont Analytical, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Nisqually Land Trust, University of Washington at Tacoma, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State University at Puyallup.

Financial support for this project was provided by: Nisqually Indian Tribe, Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, Royal Bank of Canada, Sustainable Path Foundation, and Washington Sea Grant. 

Collage of four photos overlaid with blue and green filters. The first shows an aerial view of a green stormwater filtration unit in a forested wetland next to a highway. Second shows a pier extending over the water with a yellow boom and pilings underneath. Third image shows green outflow pipes on grass. Fourth image shows a group of people in vests and hard hats overlooking a waterfront construction site.

What is blue-green infrastructure?

Every day we benefit from the natural environment around us. These benefits, called ecosystem services, have not always been acknowledged in urban planning. However, in recent years there have been efforts to strategically draw on nature to deliver benefits that fall under the umbrella of “blue-green infrastructure” (BGI). This term can have many definitions, but in its broadest form these are natural and semi-natural areas with land (“green”) and water (“blue”) features designed to manage and deliver ecosystem services. Sometimes these are just referred to as “green infrastructure,” but the recent addition of “blue” makes the central role of water in ecosystem services more explicit. So, what does BGI look like on the ground? You may already have some BGI features in your own backyard! 

At the residential home scale, this can look like catching rain in rain barrels for irrigation in the dry season, controlling driveway run-off with natural mini wetlands (rain gardens), or planting more trees to shade the home, lower temperatures and reduce run-off. At a much larger scale, Hamburg, Germany launched a Green Roof Strategy with an ambitious goal to “green” at least 247 acres of rooftops in the city within one decade, to regulate temperatures and mitigate water runoff. Across the globe in the Yangtze River Delta of China, they are planning a 250-acre eco-corridor to transform an industrial area of Ningbo into a “living filter” with canals that mimic a floodplain, habitat for native plants and animals, and recreational, educational and cultural facilities. In cities and neighborhoods, these examples of blue-green infrastructure are addressing the impacts of climate change, such as floods and droughts, through water conservation, groundwater recharge, and reduced surface runoff.  

Find out how to create your own rain garden with help from 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound.

A containerized compost biofiltration unit capturing roadway runoff before it reaches Ohop Creek in the winter of 2022.

Salmon here in the Pacific Northwest can also benefit from BGI practices. For example, BGI approaches to stormwater management can be used to keep rainwater from overwhelming sewer systems, which can contaminate the water and harm salmon in nearby waterways. In particular, runoff from highways has recently been linked to sudden death of coho salmon that were exposed to 6PPD-quinone, a toxic compound resulting from car tire wear. Studies are now underway to see how blue-green infrastructure can be used to address this issue. LLTK is working with the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Herrera, and Cedar Grove in Ohop Creek to test the use of a compost-based media, in a process called biofiltration, to filter out contaminants from roadway runoff. During the pilot project in early 2022, we collected stormwater samples to evaluate the performance of the biofiltration system at a site along a salmon-bearing stream. Biofiltration is usually used in bioswales or other systems permanently built into an environment. The system we used in this pilot project is mobile and containerized so the project team can easily remove the contaminated biofiltration media when necessary, making it a more flexible tool.   

See more of the Ohop Stormwater Pilot in the Nisqually Salmon Recovery newsletter Yil-Me-Hu.

In the lower Duwamish River, the ship building company Vigor has partnered with LLTK and the University of Washington to assess a blue-green infrastructure project designed to create natural, estuarine habitat for salmon at Vigor’s shipyard on Harbor Island. This is an atypical “restoration” project, since Vigor is actually creating natural habitat on an artificial island that was built in the early 1900s to support industrial activities. The project goal is to create functional habitat that benefits salmon as they migrate out to the ocean through the Duwamish estuary. These pockets of habitat in an otherwise industrial landscape could provide rest stops for salmon during migration. The project is currently in the habitat construction phase, and the University of Washington and LLTK will assess the outcomes for salmon in 2024 and 2025. If the results show that salmon are using the habitat for resting and feeding, it will be a good indication that more “salmon rest stops” could help salmon in the Duwamish estuary.

Read more about the Vigor Urban Estuary Restoration.

Photo of a group of people in green safety vests and white hardhats, gathered in front of a large yellow Caterpillar excavator at a construction site on a sunny day. The water and cranes of Seattle's working waterfront are in the background.
Construction of new salmon habitat underway at Vigor in 2021.

LLTK seeks to better understand how we can use BGI in the Puget Sound to improve the health of our salmon populations. We’ll keep you posted on the outcomes of these BGI projects! 

Shaara Ainsley is a senior project manager at Long Live the Kings.

Survive the Sound: Día 5

¡Último día de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

¡Solo siete peces sobrevivieron! ¡GUAU! Parece que las truchas arcoiris jóvenes necesitan nuestra ayuda para sobrevivir a su migración a través de Puget Sound. Long Live the Kings y sus socios están trabajando para aprender porque los salmones juveniles y las truchas arcoiris están muriendo a un nivel elevado en Puget Sound. Esto puede ser una parte importante para ayudar a recuperar estos peces icónicos. ¡Esperamos que se mantenga en contacto para aprender más sobre este proyecto importante!

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Gracias a todos los que participaron este año. Ayúdenos a alcanzar nuestra meta de $40,000. Dona para apoyar la recuperación del salmón salvaje y la trucha arcoiris en Puget Sound. No podríamos hacerlo sin USTED.

Aprende sobre: Depredadores

Foca de puerto equipada con un dispositivo de seguimiento de salmón.

El salmón es una parte importante de nuestra vida y dieta, pero también compartimos este recurso con muchas otras especies. Los pájaros, las focas, los leones marinos, los osos, las marsopas, las ballenas, y otros pescados dependen del salmón como parte de su dieta. Con las poblaciones del salmón y la trucha arcoiris en riesgo, muchas personas se preguntan si hay demasiadas bocas comiendo salmón juvenil.

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¿Quieres mostrar tu amor por el salmón?

Hemos recibido muchas solicitudes de camisetas de Survive the Sound durante los últimos 5 años de la campana. Tenemos todo los 48 peces para elegir, varios colores de camisa para cada diseño!




¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 4

¡Día cuatro de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

Tenemos dos peces que se acercan la línea de meta hoy, vamos, Jaws y Empowerfish! Tu pez murió o llegó al Pacifico?

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Parece que hay algunos problemas alrededor del puente Hood Canal. Parece que casi todos los peces, excepto cuatro, han muerto (vamos April, Finn Geneer, Sammy & Sergeant Snackbar, vamos!). ¿Quieres aprender más sobre qué podría estar pasando?

Ve a este video para aprender más sobre como el puente afecta la migración de la trucha arcoiris juvenil. Haz clic en el siguiente imagen o aquí para ver ahorita:

Aprende sobre: Barreras de Migración

Los datos que se usan en Survive the Sound, recopilados por Megan Moore en NOAA National Marine Fisheries Services, revelaron que hasta el 50% de la trucha arcoiris juvenil que llega al puente Hood Canal no sobreviven más allá. Estos datos, combinados con otra evidencia, sugiere que el puente actúa como una barrera contra la migración de peces, aumentando la mortalidad de la trucha arcoiris y posiblemente de otros peces. Long Live the Kings está trabajando para abordar el problema en cooperación con socios regionales.

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 3

¡Día tres de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

Ayer tuvimos nuestras primeras muertes de truchas arcoiris. QEPD Eddy Gar, Puget Pounder, Venti, Goldie, Salmon Ella, y Forest. ¿Tu pez sobrevivió el día 3?

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Cuando vea todos los pescados, presta atención especial a las áreas como el puente Hood Canal y el río Duwamish. ¿Por qué crees que los peces están luchando en estas áreas?



Aprende sobre: Peces Forrajeros

Fotografía: Arenque del Pacifico por Steve, Flickr

Los peces forrajeros, como el arenque del Pacifico, la lanza de arena, las anchoas, y el perlano de las olas son pescados pequeños y plateados que son una buena fuente de alimento para los depredadores más grande como los salmones, los pájaros, y las focas. Las investigaciones indican que unas poblaciones de pescados forrajeros están disminuyendo en Puget Sound debido a la pérdida de hábitat relacionada con el desarrollo de la costa. Sin una abundancia de peces forrajeros, los salmones pueden tener dificultades para encontrar suficiente comida y otros depredadores pueden volverse a comer más salmón.

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 2

¡Día dos de la migración!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

¿Lo puedes creer? Todos los peces sobrevivieron el primer dia! Lunchbox, Willy y Jaws salieron victoriosos el primer dia. ¿Tendrán la misma suerte hoy?

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Ten en cuenta que cada día de la migración de 5 días de Survive the Sound es aproximadamente 2 días de la migración real del pez. Hemos acelerado la migración un poco para que no tengas que esperar las 2 o 3 semanas que lleva en tiempo real.

Si tu pez no sobrevive el segundo día, piensa en las causas posibles de su mortalidad. Fue una foca, un pájaro, quizás fue la contaminación? A veces es difícil saber, pero es importante recordar que hay muchos desafíos que estos peces pequeños enfrentan.

Chequea los recursos digitales de aprendizaje para aprender más sobre los desafíos que enfrentan las truchas arcoiris juveniles en este viaje.

Aprende sobre: Estuarios y Ecosistemas Cerca a la Costa

Los estuarios son áreas donde el agua dulce se encuentra con el agua salada y son un hábitat vital para los salmones juveniles. Estas áreas son consideradas uno de los tipos de ecosistemas más productivos del mundo, proporcionando un hábitat crítico para muchas especies. Alrededor de Puget Sound, el hábitat del estuario está amenazado por el creciente desarrollo humano. Adaptar la infraestructura humana para coexistir sin problemas con nuestro entorno es un desafío que valdrá la pena para muchas generaciones.

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¡GiveBIG hoy!

El tercer día de la carrera también quiere decir que es tiempo para GiveBIG en la región de Puget Sound. Participe en este día querido de donaciones comunitarias haciendo una contribución para un futuro mejor para el salmón – haz tu donación AQUÍ.



¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound: Día 1

¡Listos! ¡A Nadar!

Inicie sesión y chequea tu pescado.

¡La migración ha comenzado! Wooohooo! Vamos, pez, vamos!

Usa tu correo electrónico o nombre de usuario, inicie sesión en SurvivetheSound.org/es. Inmediatamente vas a ver el progreso de tu pez. Usa el filtro del mapa para ver todos los 48 pescados y prueba tu conocimiento con el cuestionario diario. Haz clic en peces individuales para obtener más información y observar su migración.

Ten en cuenta que cada día de la migración de 5 días de Survive the Sound es aproximadamente 2 días de la migración real del pez. Hemos acelerado la migración un poco para que no tengas que esperar las 2 o 3 semanas que lleva en tiempo real.

Mira el siguiente video para aprender más sobre cómo usar el mapa.


Aprende sobre: Zooplancton

Fotografía: Zooplancton, NOAA

El zooplancton son animales pequeños que flotan libremente en la columna de agua. Pueden moverse distancias cortas por su cuenta, pero son tan pequeños que en su mayoría son transportados por las corrientes oceánicas. Estos animales son comida importante para los salmones jóvenes y los peces forrajeros como el arenque y las anchoas.

Debido a que los zooplancton constituyen la base de la red trófica marina y apoya las poblaciones saludables de salmón juvenil, los científicos necesitan entender qué clases de zooplancton y cuantos zooplancton hay en Puget Sound. Para satisfacer esta necesidad, Long Live the Kings creó un programa de monitoreo de zooplancton en todo Puget Sound a través de la colaboración con gobiernos locales, agencias estatales y tribus.

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
Llama: 206-382-9555 x30

Survive the Sound 2022: take part in a death-defying migration

Post-Race Info Session: Join LLTK scientists to go behind the scenes after the 2022 Survive the Sound race!

Survive the Sound returns with new ways to experience salmon & steelhead migration

For immediate release: 4/27/22

Seattle – Thousands of salmon lovers in Puget Sound and beyond are signing up for the 6th annual Survive the Sound, a virtual race to the ocean that invites players to experience life – and maybe death – from the perspective of a young steelhead. 

Graphic with a blue background reading "Pick from 48 fishy competitors", with the 48 colorful cartoon fish in 2022's Survive the Sound.

From May 2nd through 6th, participants watch on an interactive map as their fish embarks on a harrowing journey – avoiding predators, fighting disease, and navigating obstacles – on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Survive the Sound participants have until May 1st to pick their fish, build a team, and invite friends, family, coworkers, and classmates to race, competing to win a Grand Prize for the teams with the most surviving fish.

This free, interactive science game, based on migration data from real fish, is offered each spring by salmon recovery nonprofit Long Live the Kings (LLTK) to engage and educate the public about salmon and steelhead. Each of the race’s 48 creative fish avatars, most designed by artist Jocelyn Li Langrand, represents a real juvenile steelhead, implanted with an acoustic tag by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the alarmingly high death rates for these iconic, threatened Puget Sound fish. 

“The threats to species like salmon and steelhead are serious issues, but Survive the Sound is a fun way to get involved in the science and learn that the challenges are solvable,” said Jacques White, Executive Director of Long Live the Kings.  “We created the race to make salmon and salmon recovery accessible and engaging for everybody.”      

Survive the Sound participants have until May 1st to pick their fish, build a team, and invite friends, family, coworkers, and classmates to race. From May 2nd through 6th, participants watch on an interactive map as their fish embarks on a harrowing journey – avoiding predators, fighting disease, and navigating obstacles – on their way to the Pacific Ocean. 

Among the new fish joining the 2022 race are Hank and Cedar, designed by Native artists Jeanette Quintasket (Swinomish) and Paige Pettibon (Confederated Salish and Kootenai). Tribal governments, citizens, and staff are invaluable partners in salmon management and conservation in the Pacific Northwest and have provided integral support to Survive the Sound since the game began.  This year, LLTK has partnered with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and nonprofit Salmon Defense, with funding support from the Snoqualmie Tribe, to share resources on Tribes and salmon, highlighting treaty rights, cultural connections, and the leadership of Tribal communities in stewarding and recovering salmon today.

Cedar and Hank, two fish designed by Native artists, introduce classroom materials on Tribal roles in salmon management and recovery.

“What makes Survive the Sound so exciting is the large number of participants, integrating real data and spatial information about your own little steelhead, and the ability to track how many groups, schools and people participate in the program,” said Alex Gouley, habitat manager and Tribal member with the Skokomish Indian Tribe, who collaborated with LLTK on educational videos about the Tribe’s hatchery and habitat programs. “It’s important to the tribes because if we can enhance the participant’s knowledge of the salmon and habitat conditions then watershed resources will increase in value.”

“Our hope is that these educational materials will help Survive the Sound participants understand the role tribal natural resources managers play in salmon recovery, as well as the tribes’ connection to their ancestral lands,” said Peggen Frank, Salmon Defense Executive Director.

These resources will reach thousands of teachers and students, a core audience of Survive the Sound. This year, the entire Survive the Sound website, including classroom resources, is available in both English and Spanish, thanks to a grant from Boeing. Boeing’s support also funded educator tools exploring a variety of STEM careers, including interviews and live panels with local salmon scientists. Education research organization foundry10 has also contributed new marine science resources, as well as sponsoring this year’s educational Grand Prize of $1,500 for the school or classroom team with the most surviving fish at the end of the 5-day migration. The new lessons join LLTK’s suite of salmon education resources that support learning across multiple subjects, encouraging students of all backgrounds to see themselves as capable scientists, stewards, and advocates for salmon and the environment.

A juvenile steelhead carrying an acoustic tracker as it starts its migration journey.

“We love how approachable this activity is for learners who adopt a salmon,” said Lindsay Holladay Van Damme, Marine Science Program Developer at foundry10. “Just by participating, the questions start to flow out: Why did another salmon make it further than mine? Why did more salmon survive in the next river over? And since it’s all grounded in local data, there is an abundance of resources for educators to facilitate deeper exploration of these real-world questions beyond the game.”

It’s free to sign up for the game, thanks to support from sponsors who see Survive the Sound as a fun and engaging tool to raise awareness about the challenges facing Puget Sound species. Support for Survive the Sound 2022 comes from Boeing, the Snoqualmie Tribe, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Tacoma Public Utilities, Puget Sound Steel, MiiR, Anthony’s Restaurants, foundry10, Puget Sound Express, FOX 13, Pike Place Fish Market, Pike Place Chowder, Montana Banana, Herrera, Environmental Science Associates, Manulife Investment Management, the Stalcup Family, University of Washington, Floyd Snider, BECU, TOTE Maritime, and PCC Community Markets. Participants can also donate to Survive the Sound to support LLTK’s mission to restore wild salmon and steelhead and support sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

About Survive the Sound 2022:

Sign up for free at www.survivethesound.org by May 1.

Migration dates: May 2 – 6

General Public Grand Prize: Free chowder from Pike Place Chowder and a Hood Canal Bridge boat cruise with Puget Sound Express

Classroom Grand Prize: $1,500 educational grant from foundry10 

How Survive the Sound Works

Each year, wild steelhead are caught as they make their way downriver from their birth streams. LLTK and partners implant the fish with tracking devices as part of their larger research efforts to understand juvenile salmonid survival in the Salish Sea. Each tag emits a unique acoustic ping heard by receivers placed underwater throughout Puget Sound. This tracking data can supply locations and sometimes depth and temperature. The steelhead in Survive the Sound represent real fish that were tracked in the past and scientists at LLTK pick a representative sample of 48 fish to include each year. 

Why it Matters

Only about 15% of young steelhead survive their first trek through the waters of Puget Sound. The total number of Puget Sound steelhead at less than one tenth of the historic population and threatened under the Endangered Species Act. With these critically low numbers, the high mortality rate during the juvenile migration period is a key concern. “Unless we can better understand the reasons for steelhead’s decline in Puget Sound and mitigate the threats they face, there is serious concern that steelhead may slip into extinction,” said Jacques White, LLTK’s Executive Director.

Survive the Sound provides scientists with important new data about the steelhead lifecycle, gives the public an opportunity to engage with wild steelhead in a fun and interactive way, and raises essential funds for Long Live the Kings’ salmon and steelhead recovery projects.

To learn more, visit www.survivethesound.org.

About Long Live the Kings: Long Live the Kings is a non-profit salmon recovery organization based in Seattle. Since 1986, LLTK has been working to restore wild salmon and steelhead and support sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest.