The mighty Orca Salmon 2017!

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It seems like only yesterday that we brought the salmon program back to Orca- but in fact it was 9 years ago, my first year at Orca. Our salmon program & release are a serious source of pride for Orca and something that students absolutely love to be a part of. Through the years, students learn about salmon life cycles, habitats, environmental dangers, and historical Native American connections to this incredible fish.

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They start out as 200 eggs (Thank you Nancie Hernandez & the Salmon in Schools program http://sisseattle.org/). Students watch them grow through the alevin and fry life cycle stage until they are released into the wilds of Seward Park’s Lake Washington shores. See last year’s release here. Until that release though, we learn about salmon through art and science lessons that are creative, scientific, and fun.

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This salmon game is such huge fun, teaching about the trials and tribulations of the journey of salmon in their short lifespans.

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We even get in some serious math to get the true picture of the perils of salmon life.

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And check out this panorama shot of our giant diorama in the greenhouse of the salmon journey. Enlarge the picture at the bottom of this post.

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We will release them around Earth Day in April and we hope to see you there at Seward Park. Until then- watch them grow…

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