Monthly Archives: November 2017
The redds are made. The eggs are laid. The students are full of new knowledge, inspiration and excitement about science, nature and salmon!
We’ve just wrapped up our 2017 field trip season, taking over 1,300 kids on 42 field trips to local rivers and streams to witness firsthand the incredible life cycle of salmon, gain insight into career opportunities related to ecology and the outdoors, and connect with their environment on a personal level.
And although Salmon Watch is only halfway through its annual program, we’re ready to celebrate!
Of course, none of this would be possible without our amazing volunteer educators, hard-working teachers, community partners, and generous donors.
That’s why we’re hosting our End-of-Year Party on Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00-9:00 PM at North End Saloon in Portland to say a big thank you for all you do!
Please join us for an evening full of delicious food and drink and learn what Salmon Watch has been up to this year. This is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded community members who cherish our great outdoors and want to help inspire the next generation to protect it.
Salmon Watch had a fun, successful fall 2017 field trip season!
This fall, we hosted 42 field trips with 28 teachers at 21 middle and high schools in the Portland metro and Columbia Gorge regions. We brought over 1300 students to beautiful stream sites in Mt. Hood National Forest, Tillamook State Forest, the Columbia Gorge, Eagle Fern Park, and Daybreak Park (WA). These students had the opportunity to witness salmon spawning in the wild, learn about Pacific Northwest ecology, and gain a sense of connection to the incredible bioregion where they live.
The wildfires this season provided both a challenge and an additional learning opportunity for our students about the ecology of our area. We were fortunate to be able to relocate ten former Columbia Gorge field trips and two volunteer trainings to Eagle Fern Park near Estacada. Many thanks to Clackamas County Parks for providing last minute access to our new site. Our thoughts continue to be with all of those affected by the fires.
Salmon Watch was fortunate this season to be able to work with students from The Blueprint Foundation who are participants in a STEM mentoring program for young African-American males.
Shivonne Nesbit is Acting Assistant Branch Chief with the Portland Branch of NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, as well as a Fish Biologist/ESA Permit Specialist with the NOAA Protected Resources Division. Shivonne also serves as President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
How did you gain your interest in science and biology, and how did that interest lead to your chosen career path?
I grew up on a lake in eastern Canada. Growing up in a lake ecosystem, I was always connected with water, seasons, and ecological changes. As a kid, you don’t usually think about these connections. But we always swam in the summertime and built forts on islands, and in the winter we’d ice skate and you could look and see all the vegetation and fish under the ice. I think growing up so connected to nature is how I became interested in science and biology. I spent pretty much all my time outside. We didn’t have a TV or electronic gadgets, so the outdoors was our playground and our best toys.
How and why did you get involved in Salmon Watch?
Throughout my career as a biologist, I’ve always been involved as a volunteer with outdoor education. When I moved to Portland, one of my colleagues with the US Fish & Wildlife Service told me about Salmon Watch. So, I got involved as soon as I moved to this area in 2010.