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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!

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¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

¿Preguntas?
Correo electrónico: sts@lltk.org
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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!

¿Preguntas?
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!

¿Preguntas?
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!

¿Preguntas?
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!

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Llama: 206-382-9555 x30
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Ecosystem Solutions Made Local: Guidance Document for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

The 7-year active research phase of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project may have concluded with last year’s publication of the Synthesis Report, but that doesn’t mean the work is finished. Learning what causes Salish Sea salmon to die at alarmingly high rates as they enter the marine environment is just the first step for the SSMSP partners. Our ultimate goal is also to equip managers and decision-makers with science-backed strategies to increase their survival.

In February 2022, we released Local Level Salmon Recovery Recommendations Based on the Findings of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a guidance document for local salmon recovery organizations in the United States to put these findings into action. LLTK worked with salmon recovery experts at ESA to create this document, in consultation with local salmon recovery organizations and Tribes, as a toolkit to incorporate the SSMSP’s findings into watershed-level planning and projects. The actions target the issues that the SSMSP identified as key limiting factors for marine survival: local marine food supply and predation hotspots, along with strategies to address contaminants, restore estuaries, manage water quantity, and continue essential monitoring and data collection. In combination with regional-scale tools, including regional recovery plans and co-management processes, this resource provides local entities with a roadmap to support ecosystem-wide recovery in ways that best align with local conditions and goals.

Read on for more background about the Local Guidance Document and a link to the full story on ESA’s website:

Developing Local Solutions

ESA’s natural resource specialists have worked with salmon recovery lead entities and the Puget Sound Partnership to integrate adaptive management and updates into salmon recovery plans. With this understanding of fish recovery needs, the collaboration with Long Live the Kings was a natural fit.

The Local Guidance document builds on SSMSP recommendations and presents strategies and actions for local entities to apply at the local scale. It details how groups can address local impacts on marine survival rates by improving fish habitat conditions while limiting predation, enhancing food supplies, and partnering with fellow conservation efforts to accelerate estuary habitat restoration.

“The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project gave us clear evidence that environmental changes, from estuary and nearshore habitat loss to climate shifts, have impacted the entire Puget Sound food web in ways that are limiting the productivity, survival, and fitness of our juvenile salmon,” says Jacques White, Executive Director of Long Live the Kings. “This guidance document translates those findings into management and restoration actions. ESA had both the science and policy expertise that were essential to connect the research to concrete steps. We hope this toolkit provides a timely ecosystem perspective to equip local and regional salmon recovery efforts.”

“The breadth and depth of issues that salmon recovery groups are being asked to tackle continue to grow as we learn more about what it is going to take to recover these species,” notes Senior Conservation Planner Susan O’Neil, who guided the creation of the guidance document.

O’Neil explains that local recovery strategies will need to apply a holistic approach to address the complex interconnectedness of environmental factors that are contributing to the low Chinook, coho, and steelhead numbers in order to increase survival rates and meet recovery goals.

Read the full article on ESA’s website here.

Download the Local Guidance Document for U.S. Entities.

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Where to See Salmon in Washington State

Viewing a salmon run in the Pacific Northwest is a powerful experience. We’ve put together this list of salmon watching locations from organizations around Washington State, so you can see this epic migration in your own community. Don’t see your favorite public viewing spot here? Let us know so we can add it!

Tips for Salmon Viewing

  • Give salmon space, and stay out of the stream. They are working hard, and if you’re near the spawning grounds, the streambed may already contain redds (nests of salmon eggs). Walking in the water disturbs the fish and can kill the eggs. Learn how to spot a redd.

  • Polarized sunglasses can make it easier to see fish in the water. 

  • Learn about the different species and their behavior. The local organizations below have great resources. You can also find an identification guide from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife here.

  • Observe the whole environment. Is the streambed rocks, sand, gravel, or a combination? Are there trees shading the water? What’s the weather like? What other animals do you see using this habitat? How much human influence can you see?

  • Bring the experience home by taking action. We have 10 ways you can help save salmon, from building a healthier environment, to contributing to science, to sharing your salmon love with your friends, family, and leaders. Many of the links below also have ways you can volunteer for salmon recovery! 

P.S. Salmon viewing can be an at-home experience too! Watch salmon returning to the Issaquah Hatchery on their live feed here. And you can join our Hood Canal steelhead underwater any time at LLTK’s livestreaming Fish Camera! 

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Science Project Manager

Interviews for this position are underway. While the position is still open, please keep this information in mind if you are considering applying. Thank you for you interest in working with LLTK.

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 26-member Board of Directors, and 13 dedicated staff members seek broad involvement to help us accomplish our goals.  Our core values include collaboration, innovation, accountability, and inclusivity.  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

Position Summary – Science Project Manager

This new team member will use their scientific, technical, and project management expertise to help LLTK advance science and implement solutions for salmon recovery and sustainable fisheries. This is a full-time position focused on managing existing projects, developing and implementing new projects, and ultimately influencing the trajectory of salmon recovery. 

The Science Project Manager will report to the Associate Director for Government Relations and Special Projects and collaborates across all departments. If you are a scientific, creative, and strategic thinker, have experience collecting, analyzing, and visualizing technical data with qualitative and quantitative methods, have developed and implemented collaborative research and/or salmon conservation projects, possess strong writing and presentation skills, and are excited to engage with diverse stakeholders on a wide range of projects, we hope to hear from you. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively in a team environment across all levels of staff and the Board of Directors to develop and implement research projects that typically engage a varied group of stakeholders within the salmon research community. This includes securing project funding for existing and new priorities
  • Facilitates discussions and decision-making processes, including multi-party, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency project-related meetings; scientific discussions; workshops; conference sessions; stakeholder sessions; and technical science team meetings to develop research or apply science to management and conservation actions 
  • Coordinates and manages project contracts, subcontracts, and associated reporting and deliverables
  • Identifies and obtains appropriate scientific and regulatory permits to conduct project work
  • Designs and executes technical studies, including data collection and statistical analysis
  • Develops scientific reports, issue papers, project progress reports, work plans, strategic planning documents, monitoring and adaptive management plans, grant applications, and outreach/communications materials
  • Communicates project progress and results to diverse technical and non-technical audiences through presentations, reports, and public-facing communications materials in conferences, webinars, or public forums
  • Consults on technical issues related to project activities and hatchery operations across the organization 
  • Builds and maintains relationships with state, federal, tribal, local, and nonprofit project partners around the region
  • As needed, effectively seeks guidance from and shares information with scientific resources outside the organization
  • Provides input on the vision and strategic direction of the organization
  • Participates fully in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and works to apply a DEI lens to project work

Ideal Experience, Skills, & Qualifications

  • Developing, implementing, facilitating, synthesizing, and managing multi-party, collaborative scientific projects, assessments, or experiments
  • Providing guidance on and applying the latest science and state of the knowledge to salmon restoration actions, and managing proof of concept projects
  • Collecting, analyzing, and visualizing technical data with qualitative and quantitative methods for scientific writing, progress reports, technical reports, and/or manuscripts
  • Managing contract budgets, schedules, and associated deliverables
  • Communicating progress and results of technical projects to diverse technical and non-technical audiences through presentations, reports, and public-facing communications materials
  • Desire to be a part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion work as it moves forward
  • Proven work experience in fisheries biology, ecology, natural resources management, environmental science, conservation science, or closely related field
  • Bachelor’s degree, or a more advanced degree, in fisheries biology, ecology, natural resources management, environmental science, conservation science, or closely related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities as described)

Additional Experience, Skills, & Qualifications

  • Conducting climate resiliency and/or salmon diversity projects, or relevant education in those fields 
  • Familiarity with technical aspects of hatchery practices and issues in salmon management and conservation
  • Experience giving public presentations
  • Passion for protecting and stewarding nature and wildlife
  • Competencies in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), R, GIS, and/or equivalent data analysis platforms
  • Experience writing grants, or assisting with them 
  • History of peer-reviewed manuscripts, white papers, technical reports
  • Fieldwork experience in the nearshore and marine environments
  • Existing network of Puget Sound environmental and/or salmon recovery professionals
  • Experience working with diverse partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently in a remote environment
  • Leadership role(s) in prior paid and/or volunteer positions

Compensation, Benefits, & Location

$62,000-78,000 annual salary, depending upon qualifications. Generous benefits provided including:

  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick, Holiday, Personal)
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • 401k with matching opportunities (after one year of full-time employment) 5%
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Flex Spending Account 
  • Dependent Care FSA
  • ORCA Pass for commuting

This position is based in downtown Seattle (5th & University) in our administrative offices but will be remote/hybrid during Covid-19; the ability to work remotely is necessary at this time.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Both staff and Board have recently begun a formal process of examining ourselves and our organization with a DEI lens. Our intention is to do the 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 where you saw the job posted or how you heard about it, and include a resume and 1-page cover letter that describes your interest in this position and your relevant qualifications and experience. Priority review given to applications received by 9/20; position open until filled. 

We look forward to receiving your materials. Please send them to Lucas Hall at lhall@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. 

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Remembering Lorraine Loomis

Long Live the Kings joins all those honoring the memory of Lorraine Loomis, who died this week at the age of 81. As Director of Swinomish Fisheries and Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Lorraine was a champion for salmon and the interests of her Tribe, her community and all people who cared about fish, fishing and the environment that supports them all. She was a beloved friend and leader for her passion, kindness, strength, and tireless commitment to a future for salmon and tribal fisheries.

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission shares some of Lorraine’s own powerful words in their tribute to her life:

“None of us tribal natural resources managers are working for today. We are all working for tomorrow. We are working to make certain there will be salmon for the next seven generations.”

We will miss Lorraine terribly, but we’re determined to carry on her legacy in our work and efforts to guarantee that salmon will be here for this and many generations to come.

Super Salmon Education Resources

Long Live the Kings is investing in the future of salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.  In order for young people to champion this cause for decades to come, we need to give them the opportunity to learn about their own environments, feel connected, and be empowered to take action. Thanks to a grant from Boeing and support from partners like NOAA, we’ve been able to revamp our classroom materials to provide educators free resources for remote and in-person learning environments. Hear more about the material and other salmon education resources below. 

Survive the Sound in the Classroom 

Our educational program designed to accompany the Survive the Sound migration provides free resources for teachers to do with their classes either online or in the physical classroom. There are six activities mostly suited for 2nd-6th grade, but which can be adapted to any grade K-12. The activities discuss the salmon life cycle, watersheds, Steelhead anatomy, and more! These place-based lessons can be taught anytime, but are especially relevant during the weeks leading up to, during, and after the migration in early May. 

Survive the Sound in the Classroom lessons are connected to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and can be incorporated into Amplify units as well as Washington State’s Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum, Since Time Immemorial. This program is also researched based, using data from real juvenile steelhead on their way out to the Puget Sound. It is a great resource to include in your STEM or Social Studies units. From math activities to engineering design problems to discussing the human impact on the watershed, Survive the Sound in the Classroom is a great tool to connect abstract concepts to a tangible, meaningful subject- salmon and steelhead in Puget Sound.

Survive the Sound can be taught virtually or in person, with digital lessons suitable for google classrooms and Seesaw lessons as well as PDFs to print and distribute to students. The lessons can be flexible to your current scheduling whether you only have time for 5 minutes a day or 45. During the migration, students can also journal along and form hypotheses about what their fish might be experiencing.  

To learn more about Survive the Sound in the Classroom, please check out this educator training video:

Since Time Immemorial

Since Time Immemorial (STI) is Washington State’s tribal sovereignty curriculum for social studies. Salmon science and Survive the Sound’s activities can be easily woven into STI’s units, especially the Elementary pathways: “Honoring the Salmon” and “Salmon Homecoming” as well as the Middle School pathways: “River of Kings” and “Fish Wars”. As you think about what elements of salmon education you want to bring into your classroom or program, check out these videos from local PNW tribal members:   

  • Combining graphic art and storytelling, Roger Fernandez of the Clallum Tribe tells the traditional story of the Salmon Boy. Listen to a short story with a valuable lesson about our connection to the environment while also learning about Coast Salish art.  
  • I am salmon”, a video about the 5 pacific salmon narrated by a tribal member. This video discusses the life cycle, diet, and environmental needs of salmon from a native perspective. 
  • Billy Frank Jr. narrates “sčədadxʷ (salmon)”, a short video describing the importance of salmon to the Nisqually and other tribes. This beautifully animated video explores the past, present, and future of salmon heath. 

Salmon in Schools

Many Conservation Districts and local government organizations such as Seattle Public Utilities offer programs for teachers to raise salmon in their classrooms and release them in the Spring. This is a great way for students to see fish grow up from eggs to fry and get to know them close and personal. These are a few resources you can find your local Salmon in Schools program:

Visit your local hatchery

In-person or virtual field trips to a hatchery are a great way to incorporate experiential learning about salmon needs, life cycle, and anatomy. There are many hatcheries that provide educational opportunities including:

Please send us your experiences with Salmon Education in your classroom! sts@lltk.org