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Salmon Survey Orientation 2020- Virtual

Oct 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free. No experience required, training will be provided by biologists from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and JCWC staff virtually via zoom webinars (no account needed). After the webinar then the online sign ups will be available for you to choose your survey week. You will be surveying with a team of your choice, you reserve the week for your team and choose the day of the survey within that week.

COVID-19 Survey Details: Online live Orientation via Zoom webinars with Q&A Section but surveys will be in person with your own team of people you choose from your household or COVID-19 Pod. There will still be an option for us to create a team if you don’t have a survey partner, but we prefer folks work with people they know to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19. There will be no staff member with you, please read the Who section below for details on safety. Minimal contact pick up from the JCWC office will be coordinated in advance with staff so we can create boxes of gear needed in appropriate sizes and coordinate gear drop off in the same way.

Register for the online orientation here- during the orientation more instructions for signing up for dates will be shared. 

Who: Anyone over the age of 16! Individuals between 16 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Some volunteer surveyors will walk directly in the stream during winter flows, which can be difficult. Volunteers must be sure-footed, and have full mobility to participate in this activity. There are many in and out of stream sections, strenuous walking and uneven terrain.  You will need to make the best decisions for your health and safety during the survey.

When: Mandatory orientation on Wednesday, October 28th from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

  • 2 surveys following orientation: Dates vary and schedule is distributed with survey locations after orientation. Surveys take 2-3 hours but can be done on your own schedule. Surveys go until mid December.

Where: Online Live via Zoom webinars. Actual surveys will be conducted at various sites throughout the watershed in Johnson Creek.

Why: JCWC documents the distribution of salmon species and spawning activity throughout the watershed to inform restoration efforts and to share with our scientific partner organizations.

Salmon are integral to the Pacific Northwest and to Johnson Creek. These amazing fish migrate from their natal streams, to the ocean, and back again to spawn. They also play important roles in the cultures and histories of Native Nations to this area. Since 2011, JCWC volunteers have been studying the creek for Coho and Chinook salmon and their nests, which are called redds. As a surveyor, you will walk selected 1-mile sections of the creek on two separate weekends between October and December. We train you how to search for salmon and evidence of spawning, and how to record this data. Waders and necessary equipment are also provided.

Many thanks to our partners and sponsors at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) for making this project possible!

Register: Free event, registration required to attend orientation, please register here. For questions, contact [email protected] or call 503-652-7477 ext 107.


Oct 28, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm