Join Reconnect Earth for our most popular event of the fall: looking for migrating salmon as they return to their natal spawning grounds in Bellingham’s Arroyo Park! Salmon are integral to Pacific Northwest ecosystems and the cultures of Indigenous peoples who have inhabited this region since time immemorial–and every year, hundreds make the journey up Chuckanut Creek to lay their eggs and start a new chapter in the cycle of life. Come with us as we follow the creek through Arroyo Park to look for wild salmon, talk about their role in the local environment, and (hopefully) observe them at close range as they make their annual migration. This event is free, but an RSVP is much appreciated.
When: Sunday, November 20th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm*
Location: Meet at the Arroyo Park parking area off Old Samish Road (a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bike ride from WWU).
What to bring: A full water bottle and clothing to will keep you warm and dry in fall weather.
Difficulty level: Easy
Reconnect Earth would like to respectfully acknowledge that our trips take place on the traditional, sovereign territory of the Lummi, Nooksack, and other Indigenous peoples. In visiting these places we travel through landscapes whose recent history includes theft, genocide, and the displacement of Indigenous and other marginalized groups. We challenge ourselves and other to actively push back against these historic and present-day injustices on our trips and in our daily lives.
*Trip end times are approximate. While we’ll do our best to get back to the trip’s starting point by the posted end time, we suggest not making plans that depend on finishing right on time. Some trips may also conclude slightly earlier than the advertised time.