Thursday, September 21 – 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Lunch to be held at the recently renovated/restored Skagit City Schoolhouse 17508 Moore Road (on Fir Island) Mount Vernon. Registration form will be coming to this site soon.
The Skagit is a place of incredible beauty, amazing people, and abundant natural resources. The Skagit Watershed Council is launching an Facebook photo contest to showcase our Skagit home as experienced by people who live, work, and play in this place we love – Our Skagit. This is all about connecting the people, places, and natural abundance that make Skagit a special place to live!
We believe that a healthy community contributes to protecting what it loves – its natural beauty and resource, its cultural richness and history, its people, and its future. We invite people who love to share photos to celebrate Our Skagit with their best photos for each of four seasons.
Twelve winning photos will be selected for inclusion in the Skagit Watershed Council’s 2018 calendar. The ‘Seasons of Skagit’ Photo Contest will run four times over the next year inviting contributors to submit up to 3 photos for each season’s contest. The contest will select a first, second, and third place winner for every season. Prizes are 1st place – $150, 2nd place – $100, and 3rd place – $50.
Four Seasons – One Year of Photo Fun
Fall Contest December 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Winter Contest January 16 – March 31, 2017
Spring Contest April 1 – May 31, 2017
Summer Contest June 1 – August 31, 2017
People in Action: Capture the Skagit experience featuring people enjoying a special event or place in Skagit. Or feature people in a photo who are living, working, or playing in Skagit. Photographer must have permission for photo to be published from any person whose face is shown in the photo. #skagitpeople
Places: Capture incredible landscapes, vistas, sites, and special places throughout Skagit. Photo must be identified as being in Skagit, Samish or its coastal areas. #skagitplaces
Resources: Forests, farmland, livestock, wildflowers and plants, fish, four-legged’s, wildlife and all things four-legged and furry! Share your best photos of Skagit’s natural abundance. #skagitabundance
Winners will be selected in large part by how many people vote on the photos shared via the Our Skagit Facebook site. Final selection will be made by a jury. By submitting photos, entrants agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions.
By Liking the ‘Our Skagit’ Facebook page, entrants can follow contest progress as well as receive notification when the winners are declared. Entrants may actively promote their entries to their friends.
Read the full contest rules here.
Wow, the Skagit River’s natural salmon and trout resources are one of a kind! This wild place produces a huge part of all of Puget Sound’s native fish, including 60% of it’s wild Chinook Salmon. It’s the only river in Puget Sound that produces substantial runs of all of our native salmon and trout species, and it’s one of the main bull trout strongholds in the entire United States!
Many folks know that it is world famous for steelhead fishing, but not many know that hundreds of thousands of pounds of steelhead were harvested every year back in the early 1900’s. That’s huge, almost hard to imagine what that was like!
While we don’t have great historical records, we do know a lot more these days. For the last 40 years, state and tribal governments have done a good job counting fish on their spawning grounds, and that “escapement” estimate tracks the health of the population. We also have a good idea of where fish spawn and where their young rear or grow, which helps us create maps of their distribution.
Future features here will explore why we see fish populations fluctuating up and down. Tell us what you would like to know about Skagit’s native fish!
Click the fish and explore each species’ health and location in more detail!