Oncorhynchus kisutch--Coho Salmon
Slick and silver
Time traveler, oceanic wanderer
The smell of your freshwater birthplace is calling you home.
Journey weary, hook-beaked warriors
Build redds in the riffles
Spawn on gravelly beds of ripples and current
|Coho and Chinook Fry from Knowles Creek, Siuslaw Watershed|
|Salmon Smolt, Knowles Creek, Siuslaw Watershed|
|Spawned out salmon carcasses contribute nitrogen and other nutrients to forest-stream ecosystem|
And now, a video I took of a spawning run at Fish Creek in the Siuslaw Watershed, Oregon, November of 2009.