West Vancouver Streamkeepers Society president John Barker and Pacific Salmon Foundation's Dianne Ramage, director of salmon recovery, look over a map of the society's salmon projects completed or to be undertaken in West Vancouver as they attend the Streamkeepers Seaside Social at the Hollyburn Sailing Club last Thursday evening.
The non-profit society is run by volunteers - with no paid staff, and supported by 250 members - who work closely with the District of West Vancouver and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to prtect and enhance salmon runs in creeks in West Vancouver. Along with the Coho Society of the North Shore, the Streamkeepers will host the annual Adopt-a-Fish event at West Van's Memorial Park this coming Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine.
The event is open to elementary school-aged children, who are invited to release juvenile salmon raised at hatchery into McDonald Creek. Kids can pick up their salmon adoption certificate from the Coho Society booth just outside the library then cross the street to release their salmon into the creek to begin its life in the wild.