Salmon Spotted in Terrell Creek

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Nov 192012

Coho carcasses found in Terrell Creek November 16, 2012
Photo by Ryan Vasak

Rachel Vasak,executive director of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, reported on November 16, 2012 that about 12 coho have been spotted in Terrell Creek recently. She has also received reports from a landowner on the creek that he has seen “a lot of chum in the creek by his house” over the past three years. Continue reading »

NSEA’s Terrell Creek Work Party

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Nov 182012
Nearly 100 volunteers of all ages turned out on Saturday, November 17, 2012, for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s fall Terrell Creek tree planting. The largest contingent hailed from Western Washington University.
Olivia Sittauer (left), a  junior Communictions major at Western from Seattle, and
Brandon Osterlund, a senior Environmental Science major at Western from Kalama,
put the finishing touches on the tree they planted.
Naio McCush, a Western junior from Silver City,
New Mexico in the
Vehicle Research Institute,
attaches stakes to a protective blue tube.
Justine Mims, who came from Portland,
Oregon and is a freshman in
Behavorial Sciences,
prepares a new home for her tree.

Alana DiMarco, from Mukilteo, a Western Environmental Education volunteer with NSEA, welcomed and registered volunteers as they reported in.

Alana DiMarco, who is a senior at Western, volunteers
nearly every day with NSEA.

Ken Johnson’s sixth grade class from Blaine Middle School made a significant contribution to reforestation of the Terrell Creek watershed. Although he offers extra credit for participation, he says most of the kids who turn out are already A students.

Ken Johnson’s sixth grade class get extra credit for their tree planting work.

Stu Currier, who says he is old enough to collect Medicare, has participated in tree plantings for 14 years, including several trips to Terrell Creek, Whatcom Creek and other sites.

Stu Currier, a Bellingham resident, has been
planting NSEA trees for 14 years.

The fall and spring work party schedules are posted on NSEA’s Web site

Saturday, November 17 Work Party

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Nov 152012

Volunteers eager to contribute to the work on Terrell Creek are invited to the work party this Saturday, November 17. Park at the former Birch Bay Community Church property and walk to the location, marked by the NSEA canopy. Come and help make the creek even more hospitable to hatching and spawning Chums.

Work party group photo from NSEA’s Web site

Work parties are from 9am – 12pm. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Refreshments will be provided by the Bagelry, the Community Food Co-op, Starbucks, and Tony’s Coffee. These work parties are free and open to everyone. Bring your enthusiasm, your friends and family, and anyone else that can hold a shovel See you at the creek!

Guided Tour of Lake Terrell Dam Modification

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Oct 142012
Tour the newly renovated Lake Terrell Dam between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
New bypass modification

Dam before renovation

Join the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Whatcom Conservation District, the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, and the Chums of Terrell Creek to see the modifications. These were created to restore fish passage for salmon and to better control flows of Terrell Creek all summer.
Trickle of Terrell Creek during construction

The creek’s lethargy this fall was due to temporary blockage of the flow during the work around the dam, which was originally constructed in 1950 to enlarge the lake and create more recreational opportunities.

New culvert with gravel and debris

RSVPs are essential to Terrell Creek Watershed Steward Rachel Vasak for arranging the scheduled half-hour departures: 715-0283, Ext. 108 or 739-1440 or .