365 Nature – Day 328

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


This morning we met a friend from my daughter’s forest preschool at Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle. This time of year, Pipers Creek, which runs through Carkeek, has salmon running up the short stream. We arrived just before ten in the morning and immediately found salmon splashing up the very shallow creek. It didn’t take long before we discovered more and more, some resting in pools while others swam on. We stood on a bridge over a fork of the creek and watched a couple splash up and over logs. They rested in the pools for a few minutes after swimming up over the previous log, then would suddenly, and with great splashing, swim up and over the next.

We all walked down the creek stopping and looking to see what salmon we could find along the way. As we got closer to the beginning of the creek there were fewer and fewer salmon. They swim in at night from the sound, which is why there were none closer to the mouth of the creek. We crossed over railroad tracks and onto a beach along Puget Sound where we were able to find the mouth of the creek. A few salmon carcasses were washed up on the shore and in the sand. The beginning of the creek starts with two culverts which run under the railroad tracks.

Kelly Brenner
Follow me

Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
Kelly Brenner
Follow me

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>