Springtime on the Cedar River with King County Parks in the Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area was a rich mix of flowers, crawly critters, berries and weeds with a hard downpour thrown in right during our lunchtime talk about salmon.
The Seattle Aquarium has a wonderful Salmon Journey program which provides naturalists offering on-site education about the ecology of the Cedar River, particularly in relation to the salmon which reach the ocean through Lake Washington and the Ballard Locks. Save the date on your autumn calendar to hear their presentation- complete with educational props and salmon viewing glasses- at our Squad event on Thursday 10/12.
Despite the wet vegetation, we waded into thick weeds to pull them away from young native plants and mulch around them. This will give them a leg up this summer and aid their growth, which will help increase biodiversity along the river as well as contributing to important cooling of the water.